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New CDD Members Takes Seat; Westchasers React To Election

Three new CDD members will take seats after Tuesdays election.

Westchase welcomed a brand new Community Development District board member with the close of elections on Tuesday.

Westchase resident Brian Zeigler defeated former CDD board member Robert Argus for the fifth seat on the board.

Zeigler recieved 2,454 votes (54 percent) compared to 1,754 votes (46 percent) for Argus, according to the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections.

Zeigler said he led a grassroots campaign.

"I had great resources, a community network of neighbors who sent out e-mails," said Zeigler, adding that he went to the Food Truck Rally and Candidate Mingle at the Westchase Golf Club last month to meet residents.

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The CDD is tasked with overseeing the greenways and public areas of Westchase. They also oversee the roads and entrance ways. They serve four year terms.

Zeigler, 44, has lived in Westchase's Bridges neighborhood for the past five years and is a coach for the Westchase Soccer League. He is a married father or two.

While serving on the board, Zeigler said hopes to bring a fresh perspective to issues facing the board and focus on, "anything we can do to enhance or maintain the reputation of Westchase," he said.

Zeigler is a service director at Veterans Ford and has owned his own commercial cleaning business, Zeigler Commercial Cleaning, for the past three years.

"I want to be able to have a meaningful impact in my community and this is a starting point," he said.

Running uncontested in the CDD race were Greens resident Ernie Sylvester and West Park Village resident Brian Ross. In an unexpected turn, Sylvester stepped down from the seat citing medical issues. It is unclear when or how the board will replace Sylvester.

Westchase residents also sounded off regarding the larger election.

When asked what people thought of Tuesday night's results the views were mixed according to Westchase Patch's Facebook Page.

High Schooler Ben Weiner wrote, "Loved the outcome, wasn't surprised."

Tammi Whittaker Dial had another take writing "Disgusted" as a response to the question.

Jeff Toothman was impressed with the voter turnout writing, "Couldn't care less about the outcome but was pleased with the passion and participation."

So, Westchase what did you think of the election outcome? Tell us in the comments.

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