By Martin Comas
August 18, 2020
In two closely watched GOP political battles that centered on protecting Seminole County’s rural boundary, commissioners Bob Dallari and Lee Constantine solidly fended off challengers backed by development interests in Tuesday’s Republican primary.
In the District 3 commission race, Constantine received 66% of the votes to defeat Longwood commissioner Ben Paris, who is vice president of the Seminole County Chamber of Commerce. Constantine, who is seeking his third term, will face Democrat Kim Buchheit in the general election.
“I think that this was about the soul of Seminole County,” Constantine said. “The people sent a clear message: They want to maintain and preserve the wonderful quality of life that we have here.”