The Killearn Homeowners Association, which oversees a neighborhood with approximately 3,800 properties and 12,000 residents in northeast Tallahassee, recently held elections for their 9-member board. The unofficial results, coupled with the fact that two incumbents – David Ferguson and Phil Inglese – did not seeking re-election, guarantees there will be several new faces on the board.
There were five seats up for election, with two incumbents on the ballot. Both incumbents – Gloria Arias and Michael Flemming – ended up losing.
Assuming the unofficial count will be accepted, the five candidates that received the most votes were Luke Brown (640), David Hoodenpyle (603), Paul Munyon (565), Jeff Graverholt (484), and Susan Dickerson (458).
Pending the certification of the results, these five candidates will serve three year terms spanning 2021-2023.
In addition, Danielle Irwin, who was previously appointed to an unexpired term was confirmed by majority vote.
The current members who were not up for election and will remain on the board are Carla Gaskin Mautz, Steve Givens, and Charles Faircloth.
During the last two years a number of high profile and controvesial issues came before the KHA. The issues included the transition of the Killearn Golf and Country Club and the possible sale of community property.
However, no issue was bigger than the proposed Northeast Gateway which was designed to link Killearn Estates to the future development in Welaunee Plantation. The contentious issue was just recently resolved through a compromise, but the fallout from the issue included the KHA being openly critical of Leon County Commissioner Bryan Desloge. In fact, the KHA took the unusual step of endorsing his opponent Brian Welch who went on to win the November 3rd election.
The election results will be reviewed by the KHA board at a meeting scheduled on December 1st.