Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor Eric Rollings filed late Friday to run for the Orange County Commission seat that presumably will be vacated by Pete Clarke, who is running for mayor.

Rollings, 49, of Orlando, is a real estate agent and longtime Democratic progressive activist, particularly on environmental policies.

He filed Friday for the 2020 election for Orange County’s District 3. The incumbent there, Republican Pete Clarke, filed earlier this week to run for Orange County mayor. If he stays in the race long enough, he’ll have to announced his resignation from that seat, bringing it up for a new, mid-term election next year. Clark was elected to a second term last year.

The filing would allow Rollings to begin a campaign and begin raising campaign money. If and when Clarke files his notice that he would resign, Rollings would have to refile to run in the 2018 election, but all of his money would be transferrable.

Rollings is the first to file for the seat. He announced his candidacy on Facebook late Friday afternoon, quickly receiving resounding support from a number of Democrats.

 

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