Oviedo Mayor Dominic Persampiere goes unchallenged as face of city; Councilman Steve Henken returned, too

Oviedo Mayor Dominic Persampiere wins re-election w/o opposition / Headline SurferOviedo Councilman Steve Henken has no opposition / Headline SurferPhotos for Headline Surfer / Familiar faces are staying on the Oviedo City Council with qualifying over and no challengers for Mayor Dominic Persampiere and Councilman Steve Henken, shown here from left to right, respectively.

OVIEDO -- Mayor Dominic Persampiere and Council member Steve Henken have been returned to their respective seats in this Seminole County city because they had no opponents when qualifying ended.

Though he had no opposition, Persampiere told reporters after Friday's qualifying ended, he's "humbled" nonetheless to be allowed to continue serving Oviedo.

Though he had no opposition, Persampiere told reporters after Friday's qualifying ended, he's "humbled" nonetheless to be allowed to continue serving Oviedo.

Persampiere, who has served on the council since 2000, is paid $13,436 as Oviedo's mayor. Henken and other council members are paid $11,196 a year.

The lack of opposition in municipal campaigning continued from the last election, which saw Councilmen Keith Britton and Stephen Schenck drawing no challengers for their seats.

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Oviedo Mayor Dominic Persampiere re-elected without opposition / Headline SurferMayor Dominic Persampiere Mayor Dominic Persampiere
Has held the council offices of Deputy Mayor and Council representative for Group IV. He's served on the Oviedo City Council for the past ten years. Mayor Persampiere also served on the Land Planning Agency board in 1999-2000 prior to winning his seat on Council in September 2000.  His business interests are characterized as "entrepreneurial and investor-related." He attended Suffolk Community College and can be found pledging his time to the Oviedo Economic Development Committee, the Oviedo-Winter Springs Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Seminole. He is a yearly sponsor of the Oviedo Little League Challenger Division. In his off time, Persampiere likes to play golf, and watch college football and NASCAR racing. He and wife Debbie have two daughters, Amanda and Krysta.
 
 

DEMOGRAPHICS: City of Oviedo in Seminole County, Florida

City of Oviedo community snapshot / Headline SurferBy the numbers: Inc: 1925; City limits: 16 square mi
Population: 34,965 71.5% white non-Hisp., 13.9% Hispanic, 8.6% Black non-Hisp., 6% various other races; 48% males, 52% females; expected pop. in 2020: 40,000
Median age: 34.8
Education: 98% pop. high school grads, 44% college grads
Median household income: $61,644
Average home price 2012: $348,260 for 2,096 sq ft. home
Major employers: A. Duda and Sons, Oviedo Mall, Seminole State College, Publix supermarkets, Seminole County Public Schools
Oviedo public schools: part of Seminole County Public Schools
Closest airports: Orlando Sanford Intl. 8 miles, Orlando Int. 19 mi, Orlando Executive Airport 13 mi
Closest hospitals: Winter Park Mem Hospital (Winter Park) 10 mi; Florida Hospital Altamonte (Altamonte Springs) 11 mi; Orlando Reg. South Seminole Hospital (Longwood) 12 mi; Central Florida Reg. (Sanford) 12 mi; Florida Hospital East (East Orange County-Orlando) 13 mi; Orlando Reg. Medical Center (Orlando) 16 mi
Closest city with pop. 50,000-plus: Orlando; closest city with pop. 200,000-plus: Tampa
Source: City of Oviedo Data Sheet, courtesy of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission

Map of Oviedo, Fl / Headline SurferDid You Know?

* Oviedo was voted #100 in CNN Money Magazine's 100 Best Places to Live 2009;
 
* Oviedo was listed as one of the Top 10 Towns for Families in Family Circle's August 2011 issue;
 
* Oviedo was voted Best Places to Raise Kids in Florida in Businessweek for 2013;
 
* Oviedo is known for a population of chickens that roam the downtown area. There are so many of them roaming the area that traffic often stops as they cross the roads. The chickens have been featured on Oviedo T-shirts and coffee mugs and a poster commemorating one of Oviedo's yearly festivals, "A Taste of Oviedo."
Oviedo allosw chickens to roam freely / Headline SurferThere are no specific laws or statutes surrounding the chickens, neither for their protection nor for their removal - the latter being something some residents would like to see due to the danger they pose with traffic in the congested town center. For others, however, the chickens add an element of fun. There are City Ordinances that protect birds in the city limits.
 
In fact, the entire city is designated a bird sanctuary. Chickens are afforded the courtesy of protection under the code.The chickens were also the subject of a short documentary that was part of the Florida Film Festival 2009. Source: Wikipedia
 

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