Hilligoss Wins Mayoral Race, Krueger Elected to City Commission
Election Generates Record Turnout of more than 2,500 Voters
Last updated 4/12/2022 at 9:35am
The unofficial vote tabulation is completed and It is apparent that Jack Hilligoss and Danny Kreuger will fill the mayoral post and that of city commissioner.
With the votes tabulated, Jack Hilligoss has apparently won the three-way race for mayor, with almost 44% of ballots cast. Under the Lake Wales City Charter there are no run-offs in City Elections, so a plurality is sufficient for victory.
In the City Commission race, Daniel Krueger defeated James Loydd by less than 100 votes.
The newly-elected officials will be sworn in at the first meeting of the city commission in May. Hilligoss will serve a three-year term while Krueger will complete the last two years of the district 4 seat which has been filled by Hilligoss since his appointment last September.
Seat 4 was originally left vacant after Commissioner Kris Fitzgerald was suspended by Governor Ron DeSantis in June, shortly after her election. Fitzgerald was charged after allegedly displaying a firearm to a minor accompanied by a threat. That matter has yet to be adjudicated.
Unofficial vote tallies as reported by the Supervisor of Elections:
Lake Wales Mayor:
Curtis Gibson 24.13% 621
Jack Hilligoss 43.75% 1,126
Tammy James 32.13% 827
Daniel Krueger 51.88% 1,314
James Loydd 48.12% 1,219