Clearwater voters re-elect Hoyt Hamilton, usher in newcomer David Allbritton for two City Council seats

CLEARWATER — Voters on Tuesday filled two City Council seats by keeping a well-known incumbent and ushering in a newcomer who is no stranger to City Hall.

Incumbent Hoyt Hamilton kept hold of Seat 5 by getting 9,537 votes. That’s 79 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. He bested challenger John Funk, a real estate broker, in a heated race marked by high tension and attack mailers.

Retired building contractor David Allbritton defeated advertising salesman Tom Keller with 8,028 votes, or 67 percent of the electorate, in the tamer race for Seat 4 being vacated by the term-limited Bill Jonson.

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