Apopka has a new mayor - FOX 35 News Orlando

Apopka has a new mayor

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APOPKA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

After nearly six decades under the leadership of Mayor John Land, Apopka has a new mayor-elect.

Joe Kilsheimer beat Land 54-45 percent in a runoff election. Land until then was the longest-serving mayor in the country.

Now the city is moving in a new direction.

"I want to ask all Apopka residents to join me in recognizing Mayor John Land for his many years of service and leadership," Kilsheimer told FOX 35 Monday. "He's really just a wonderful leader, he's an icon in Apopka."

Kilsheimer said he wants to tackle the things Apopka residents are looking for, like greater diversity in shopping, dining, recreation and entertainment.

Kilsheimer said the city is going to look for short-term and long-term strategies.

Many residents said they have to leave the city for dining options, according to Kilsheimer.

New residents who live in Apopka go to Winter Garden or Altamonte Springs, but Apopka residents want to spend their money in Apopka.

Good Day Orlando's John Brown asked Kilsheimer how he will manage without a salary in place.

Kilsheimer said they will be putting a salary in place. They will research what is fair, reasonable and appropriate, and have a discussion in front of the public.

Another issue is how to move people very loyal to Land over to Kilsheimer's side.

"I think it's just going to take  time…I've lived in the town for 25 years. I can't really say that I'm old Apopka, but I do feel like I have a foot in both new and old Apopka," Kilsheimer said.

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