A 93-year-old World War II veteran who spent a nearly unbroken term in office as mayor of Apopka, Fla., was finally defeated by a 56-year-old challenger.
Conservative Mayor John Land says he’s “too old to cry” about losing the election.
He’s been mayor of the city, with a current population of 44,000, since Harry Truman was president.
He had only a three-year break from serving, during the 1960s.
"I love Apopka still, but I'll probably have a broken heart,” Land said.
Land’s opponent, Joe Kilsheimer, ran on a platform that Apopka needs more youthful and energetic leadership.
During his concession, Land told his supporters about his service in World War II.
"I think about old Gen. Patton — I served in his Army," Land said. "He had a saying: 'I wouldn't give two hoots in hell for someone who lost and laughed about it.' That's how I feel."
The election created a record-setting turnout in Apopka, which is Seminole for “potato-eating place.”
Land spent nearly $100,000 on the election and netted 46 percent of the vote. Kilsheimer spent only $40,000 and captured 54 percent of the vote.
The 93-year-old may run again one day.
"Never say never," he said.