Shaniqua Rose wins Orlando District 5 runoff election

ORLANDO, Fla. — Eyes were glued to Tuesday night’s unofficial ballot count for the District 5 runoff election.


Then, it all moved to Shaniqua Rose when the official numbers came in.

A room of supporters gathered at the district Gastrobar in Parramore as Rose was announced as the new commissioner for District 5.

“My life has not been a Christmas story,” Rose said. “God has continued to allow me to lead; he has given me strength even when I felt weak.”

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On Tuesday, her campaign story ended, winning by 169 votes over Travaris McCurdy.

“I also want to thank my opponent Mr. McCurdy,” Rose said. “I just got off the phone. I told him, ‘Let’s meet next week, and let’s work together.’”

“She should also know we are going to be watching and holding her accountable,” McCurdy said.

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Channel 9 was also with McCurdy on election night.

“I want to thank everyone I know we didn’t get the results we were hoping for,” McCurdy said.

Only 24 hours ago, the opponents accused each other of extortion and attacks.

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“Out of the gate, I vowed to stay above the fray,” McCurdy said.

Rose said Tuesday is a fresh slate for District Five, her and McCurdy.

“This my, ‘Hey Mr. McCurdy, I said it on the phone now, I’m going to tell the whole world; let’s work together in District 5,’” Rose said.

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