Wayne Slaton will be sworn in as Miami Lakes mayor on Tuesday before the 6:30 p.m. council meeting. He will serve as mayor until 2016.
Slaton, an electrician, was the first mayor of Miami Lakes, from 2001-2008. He has lived in the town for 41 years.
“I feel that Miami Lakes really wanted to go back to Miami Lakes,” Slaton said of his win.
Frank Mingo will be sworn in as councilman at the same meeting. Mingo is a supply-chain manager for Olivia Sugar Co. in Miami Lakes.
A total of 3,394 people voted for mayor in the special election. Slaton won with about 48 percent. There are 17,212 registered voters in Miami Lakes. In the 2012 election, which took place on the same day as the presidential election, 12,338 people voted for mayor. Slaton lost that election to former mayor Michael Pizzi.
Resident LaGloria Diaz, 32, voted for Slaton because she believed he would be the best at leading the town.
“It was unnerving with the allegations with the past mayor,” Diaz said. “I want somebody who is honest and just really has the best interests of Miami Lakes.” Several of the current council members were elected for the first time in November. Councilman Tony Lama said he wanted to work with Slaton to focus on staying true to issues that the councilmen promised to address in their campaigns.
“As a council, we now need to work with our new mayor to bring to fruition the things that were asked of us in the last elections by the people of Miami Lakes,” Lama said.
Slaton’s goal is to restore the small-town feel and government concern for the town that he says he feels has diminished in recent years.
“This town has always been a jewel … long before we were a town,” Slaton said at his victory party. “Everyone remembers how well this community has been, can be and will be.”
Dorothy Cook, 80, worked for Slaton’s campaign and was eager to have him back as mayor.
“I know the job that he does and has done,” Cook said. “We’re upset with our town … we want it to come back to what it should be.”