By Mary Thurwachter

Incumbent council member Lynn “Doc” Moorhouse and newcomer Kem Mason outpolled their opponents Tuesday to win Lantana’s two Town Council runoff elections.

Moorhouse, a retired dentist who has been in office since 2004, received 595 votes (59.26%) to John Raymer’s 409 (40.74%) for the Group 1 seat. Raymer is a 21-year Army veteran and manager of Ace Rental Place.

In the Group 2 race, retired firefighter Kem Mason pulled in 607 votes (59.05%) compared to Media Beverly’s 421 (40.95%). Beverly is a retired business manager and long-time council watcher.

Mason, reached by phone shortly after results came in, said he felt “surreal” after the win. “I wasn’t expecting that much of a lead,” he said. He was also surprised by voter turnout, with more than 1,000 residents casting ballots.

“I wasn’t even 100% sure that people would come out and vote,” he said. He thought it would be closer. He wasn’t hosting a victory party but said he may be thanking voters at a gathering later.

The Coastal Star was unable to reach Moorhouse for comment Tuesday night.

Moorhouse and Mason will be sworn in during the Town Council meeting Monday.

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