Ethan Qualle | Staff Writer
Dozens of new and incumbent officials have been elected to foster the next four years of Brevard County’s legislation, in the age of a global pandemic.
Brevard County residents voted 57.48 percent in favor of electing incumbent Republican Donald Trump; the minority voted 41.08 percent in favor of Democrat Joe Biden, according to Lori Scott, the supervisor of elections in Brevard County.
Melbourne Mayor Paul Alfrey was re-elected for his second term on City Council. According to the city of Melbourne, Alfrey is a native of Melbourne and has served in the Sanford, Florida Police Department, Melbourne Police Department, United States Coast Guard, and currently serves in many local, non-profit charity organizations.
Alfrey is assisted by Vice Mayor Tim Thomas, who was also elected for his second term in November.
Thomas stated in an interview that this term will be heavily focused on small business recovery from the COVID-19 economic crisis, and that Melbourne residents are “encouraged to buy local.”
Thomas explained his office will also put an emphasis on creating new jobs, saying that Aerion Supersonic, a pioneer of low-emission supersonic aircraft, will be bringing “up to 660 new jobs” to the Space Coast.
Vice Mayor Tim Thomas also serves on the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport Authority Board; Tim Thomas and Mayor Paul Alfrey worked closely with FIT Aviation back in 2017 to provide relief to the Bahamas, having been devastated by Hurricane Irma.
The 2020 election brought another term for Republican Sheriff Wayne Ivey. Ivey is partially known for his viral videos such as the ‘Wheel of Fugitives,’ a weekly series profiling a randomly selected criminal.
Ivey and his deputies were also involved with the controversial death of Black veteran Gregory Edwards in 2018. According to Florida Today, Ivey originally opted to not release video footage of the altercation to the public.
Vice Mayor Tim Thomas further stated that the City of Melbourne will be investing in police body cameras, in response to the death of Edwards. A profound number of police departments have adopted the use of body cameras, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Republican Kevin Markey was elected for Canaveral Port Authority. Markey has previously served as general counsel for the Titusville Cocoa Airport Authority and the assistant city attorney for Cape Canaveral.
According to Markey’s campaign website, he will be responsible for, “the current operations and future direction of the port.” According to their website, Port Canaveral is a large hub for maritime operations, both for cargo and cruise operations.
Disney Cruise Lines, a major cruise operator at Port Canaveral states on their website that sailings are suspended “through March 2021.” Royal Carribean, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Carnival Cruise Lines also operate scheduled cruises from the port, and most sailings will resume in the second quarter of 2021.
“I’m looking forward to working with my fellow commissioners and Port Canaveral’s leadership to ensure the Port’s economic viability and future success,” Markey stated in an email interview.
Republicans Rita Pritchett, John Tobia, and Kristine Isnardi were all elected as the team of county commissioners for the next four years.