Sprinkel Draws Opponent in Commission Race. Leary Wins New Term -- Unopposed

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Earlier today – as of the noon deadline for filing candidate qualifying papers – Commissioner Sarah Sprinkel learned for sure that she will face Sandy Womble in a race for City Commission seat 2.
The City’s municipal election for Commission seats 1 & 2 is scheduled for Tuesday, March 11. Winter Park Voice will cover the campaign in its entirety and follow this special alert with an expanded story that will include qualifying papers filed by Sprinkel, Womble and Leary.
Ms. Sprinkel formally announced her candidacy almost two months ago at her “Re-Election Announcement” event on November 19 at Palmano’s on Park Avenue. Tonight, at 5 p.m., her campaign held its “Re-Election Campaign Kick-Off” at the Kummer-Kilbourne House in Winter Park. 
Sandy Womble is a Winter Parker who has been active in causes as varied as Historic Preservation and development of the Fleet Peeples dog park.
Ms. Womble completed her qualifying paperwork today in the midst of gearing up her campaign to unseat Ms. Sprinkel. According to campaign associates, Ms. Womble has lived in Winter Park for over ten years.
Commissioner Steve Leary automatically qualifies for a second term by virtue of his unopposed status.
By today’s noon filing deadline, no prospective candidate had filed to challenge him for City Commission seat 1.


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    By: Anne Mooney

    Anne Mooney has assumed the editorship of the Winter Park Voice from founding editor Tom Childers.

    Mooney got her start in New York as a freelance line editor for book publishers, among them Simon & Schuster and the Clarkson Potter division of Crown Books. From New York, she and her husband and their year-old toddler moved to Washington, D.C., where the two ran a newswire service for Harper’s magazine. “We called it Network News,” said Mooney, “because it was a network of the Harper’s writers, whose work we edited into newspaper style and format and sold to papers in the top U.S. and Canadian markets. We were sort of like a tiny UPI.”

    The newswire ceased operation with the death of Mooney’s first husband, but Mooney continued to write and edit, doing freelance work for Williams Sonoma cookbooks and for local publications in D.C.

    In 2005, Mooney moved to Winter Park, where she worked as a personal chef and wrote a regular food column for a south Florida magazine. She took an active interest in Winter Park politics and was there when the Winter Park Voice was founded. She wrote occasional pieces for the Voice, including the Childers bio that this piece replaces.

    The Winter Park Voice is one of a large number of “hyper-local” publications that have sprung up across the U.S. in response to the decline of the major daily newspapers and the resulting deficit of local news coverage. The Voice’sbeat is Winter Park City Hall, and its purpose is to help the residents of our city better understand the political forces that shape our daily lives.

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