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Higgs re-elected as property appraiser

Ervin Higgs will keep his job as county property appraiser after defeating former Islamorada mayor Chris Sante with 61 percent of the vote.

Higgs got 23,296 votes to Sante’s to 14,609. Early votes in two precincts were not yet counted.

“I think I ran a clean race and I did everything I could do. It’s just hard to beat Key West,” Sante said from home in Islamorada after the results came in.

Sante set his sights on the property appraiser’s job four years ago, saying Higgs told him he’d be retiring. Higgs denied saying that to Sante.