Published: Sep 14, 2011 2:20 AM EDT
Updated: Sep 14, 2011 3:54 AM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- One of the most interesting and surprising races of Tuesday night in Cape Coral was in district three.  Incumbent Bill Deile came in second behind newcomer and firefighter Leonard Nesta.

Fire and police services have been one of the big issues in the Cape this budget season.   So the big gap, between the newcomer, who is a firefighter, and the incumbent caught WINK News' attention.  It was the biggest upset of the night.

Deile is no stranger to Cape Coral City Hall.  He's been on the city council for several years.  There is a question if he'll keep that seat after coming in second during Tuesday's primary.

The district three race for Cape Coral had three men vying for the top spot.  Incumbent Deile and Nesta came out on top.  Deile has been on the council during all the talks of cuts to the fire and police departments.  Nesta works for the fire department.  They both agree that the unions had something to do with Tuesday's vote, they just don't agree on what.

"My competition has peaked.  He got all his union supporters out and that's it.  He's not going to get anymore votes then he got tonight," said Deile.

"The backing of the unions, are they not the citizens of Cape Coral?  I believe that they are.  I believe all the citizens have spoken today," said Nesta.

Both men said they're looking forward to November.  For complete election results, visit