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Election 2017: James Castleberry Jr. wins Clermont Council seat
James Castleberry Jr
James Castleberry Jr.

James Castleberry Jr. won the Ward Clermont Town Council seat Tuesday, collecting 72.5 percent of the vote against Donna Reeves.

Who is he: Retired as a manager with the Treasury Department, the 63-year-old Castleberry made his first run at public office.

How he reacted: “I got into this to serve the community, and what this says to me is that people have confidence in my ability, and that means a lot. I just want to do the very best job I can.”

On the issues: Castleberry strongly advocated against having alcohol sales in Clermont. He said the town’s biggest challenge is to maintain its level of services on a budget of less than $435,000.

What’s next: “This is a sweet little town, and I don’t think it needs alcohol sales. To be honest, the people that want it are uninformed about the cost to this town of implementing that.”

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