Joshua Rydell won a resounding victory Tuesday in the Coconut Creek City Commission race to complete the term of former Commissioner Lisa Aronson, receiving 77 percent of the vote.
Rydell, an attorney making his first stab at public office, beat Steven Thomas Harrison, a sales engineer, 1,203-368, based on unofficial results.
Rydell said he was honored by the strong support he received from voters.
“I will repay the confidence they have expressed in me today by working hard to protect our neighborhoods and enhance our lifestyle,” he said. “I’ve put in some of the hardest work of my life” into the campaign, he said.
He campaigned on promises to protect the city from overdevelopment and praised past city efforts to preserve green space. He will complete the final two years of Aronson’s 4-year term. Aronson resigned in an unsuccessful bid for a seat on the county commission.
Rydell collected more than $33,000 in campaign contributions to Harrison’s $8,000.
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