PARKER, Fla. (WMBB) — Parker has a new Mayor.
Former Parker Fire Chief of 27 years, Andrew Kelly, defeated incumbent mayor Rich Musgrave by about 20 percent of the vote. Kelly got 506 votes and 59.81 percent of the vote, which Rich Musgrave got 40.19 percent or 340 votes.
Kelly celebrated the win at the Parker Fire Department with friends and family on Tuesday night; he said he’s excited to start his term, as he’s wanted to be mayor for years, serving under six different mayors including Rich Musgrave.
Kelly said at a public forum that there will be serious changes within city government in his first 30 days if he is elected, including getting the city council more involved, along with focusing on better code enforcement and Hurricane Michael cleanup.
On Tuesday, he said he’s also looking forward to working towards slowing down the flow of drugs into Parker and balancing the books.
“I’d like us to be completely unified, moving forward because we have some significant issues in Parker that we need to address,” Kelly said. “Initially people have asked me about nine different things that they’d like to get accomplished and I’d like to get with the city council as soon as I possibly can and establishing workshops and go ahead and get that started as soon as we possibly can.”
Rich Musgrave (incumbent) said in a statement on Facebook, “I appreciate all the support I’ve received from our community and have enjoyed serving our City.”