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Rodusky wins in Royal Palm; Valuntas wins narrowly over Swift


One Royal Palm Beach Village Council incumbent cruised to victory Tuesday night, but a 29-year veteran councilman lost his seat by the narrowest of margins.

Incumbent Jan Rodusky easily defeated challenger Renatta Adan-Espinoza with all 24 precincts reporting, according to unofficial numbers.

Meanwhile, former councilman Richard Valuntas won by less than a percentage point against incumbent David Swift in the other.

RELATED: Complete coverage of the 2017 municipal elections, PalmBeachPost.com/munielections

Even if the race goes to a recount, Valuntas is convinced he would win.

“I’ve been confident the whole way through even though it’s closer than I would like,” he said.

Swift said he will most likely be pushing for a recount, but if he comes up short, he’s happy that he will get to spend more time with his kids and enjoy his retirement.

“We fought a good fight, and it is what it is,” he said, adding that he is proud of his nearly three decades on council.

He has tried to make Royal Palm Beach a better place since he was first elected in the late 1980s, Swift said.

RELATED: Full election results around Palm Beach County

Valuntas served on the council from 2010 to 2016 before being ousted in another close race last year by now-Councilwoman Selena Smith.

Eachcandidate focused on growth and traffic around the village in the campaign. The western communities are growing at a rapid rate and Royal Palm Beach is starting to see increased traffic.

The council recently passed a law that outlines traffic calming — like speed bumps — installed on side streets.

Rodusky, who was appointed to the board last year filling the position vacated by now-Mayor Fred Pinto, appears she will be keeping her seat. She didn’t return a call for comment by press time Tuesday.

Adan-Espinoza was the lone new a newcomer to local politics and is the principal at the Academy for Positive Learning, a Palm Beach County charter school in Lake Worth.



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