APOPKA, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – It is never too late to make a change.
That is what the city of Apopka decided Tuesday when they elected fifty-three year-old Joe Kilscheimer the new mayor.
Voters decided it was time to have a younger mayor.
John Land, 93, was Florida’s longest-serving mayor and quite possibly the country’s oldest.
Kilsheimer captured 54 percent of the vote to Land’s 46; while only spending $40,000 to Land’s $100,000.
“I love Apopka still, but I’ll probably have a broken heart,” Land told the Orlando Sentinel as he admitted defeat.
Land added that he was too old to cry and too hurt to laugh. “I think about old General Patton – I served in his Army,” Land said. “He had a saying: ‘I wouldn’t give two hoots in hell for someone who lost and laughed about it.’ That’s how I feel.”
Kilshemier celebrated the victory.
“For the first time in our city’s history, both the old and new residents of Apopka are looking to have a say in how our city is run,” Kilshemier said.
Kilshemier said he was not surprised in winning and knew the residents wanted a new direction.
“We were always confident about our prospects for winning,” he said. “We knew what people in Apopka were telling us. They were looking for a new direction.”
Land did have plenty of supporters. Many people did not feel the need for change.
“If it ain’t broke, don’t bother,” Tim Ford, 42, told the paper.
The mayor race gained international attention.
One headline from a Dutch news site translated “Oldest Mayor in U.S. Wants More Time.”