Certified public accountant Thomas McDonald of Tavernier won the Republican primary for District 5 on the Florida Keys Mosquito Control Board Tuesday, sending surveyor Eddie Martinez of Key Largo packing.
McDonald got 3,272 votes (70.43 percent) while Martinez received 1,374 votes (29.57 percent). McDonald now faces Democrat Geoff Bailey on Nov. 4.
McDonald, 68, said he was a little shocked he beat Martinez, 39, whom he considers a friend. McDonald points to his 35-year residency in the Keys and past service (1994 to 1998) on the board for his win.
"Going forward, I think Eddie is going to be a big help in different things. We haven't seen the last of him in the political ring," McDonald said.
"Tom's a budget hawk, he knows his accounting," Martinez said. "I've learned campaigning is not an easy thing, it's a labor of love. But it's definitely done by people who have the best interests of Monroe County. That's how I'll campaign in the future."
Martinez said he isn't sure what he'll run for in the future but is definitely interested in pursuing politics further.
McDonald and Martinez pushed for controlled budget spending and investing in technological innovations such as drones.