Tuesday may have been Alan Hays’ last day as a Florida State Senator, but in Lake County the Republican candidate for the Supervisor of Elections post pulled off a strong win, garnering 88,458 votes, or 55.44 percent.

His opponents were Democrat Christopher Flint, who earned 51,344 votes, or 32.18 percent, and Scott Larson, running as an independent, who took 19,750 votes, or 12.38 percent.

Hays will replace longtime Supervisor of Elections Emogene Stegall, a challenge he says he is ready for.

“Mrs. Stegall has set the bar of performance really high and that’s good because I don’t have to build from ground zero. I have to just work to start at that level and maximize on her example,” Hays said.

“Now my work really begins because I have two months to get up to speed and get ready to perform on day one.”

Hays, who lives in Umatilla with his wife of 50 years, Jeanne Hays, is a retired dentist who has served in the Florida House of Representatives and Florida Senate.

Hays said he is excited and ready for his new role.

“I’m moving from a policy-making roll of government to now being in the administration side of government, have to put aside my partisan leanings and evaluate every issue on its pure merit,” Hays said. “The statues are very clear in how I am to administer that office and that’s what I intend to do, because first and foremost, my obligation is to administer through a clear lens and maintain the public's trust at all times.”

Hays said he is humbled and honored for the confidence Lake County voters put in him.

"What my parents instilled in me is determination. They told me that whatever I put my hands in, to make sure I do it in the best way possible. That's what I've done in dentistry, in the Legislature and what I am going to do in the Supervisor of Elections office."