Former Orange County Commissioner and state Rep. Fred Brummer is running to regain his old seat on the commission, saying that departing Bryan Nelson has continued his efforts and he wants to continue them further.

Brummer, an Apopka Republican, filed last week, joining Democrats Patricia Rumph of Orlando and Antuan Bibbs of Apopka to run in the non-partisan District 2 race in west Orange County. Nelson is leaving office to run for mayor of Apopka.

“The opportunity comes about in great part because Commissioner Nelson is going to resign to run for [Apopka] mayor. That means it’s an open seat. I think there are plenty of things I would love to be able to continue that Commissioner Nelson is already doing: we haven’t finished yet for Pine Hills, Apopka, and all of west Orange County.”

A special election is unlikely. Nelson has until late December to resign from the commission before qualifying for the mayor’s race, for which he has already filed. But he would not leave office until April, after the Apopka election. That likely would lead Gov. Rick Scott to appoint an interim commissioner to serve until Nelson’s four-year term ends in December, 2018.

Brummer, a certified public accountant, served in the Florida House from 1998 to 2006, at times holding the chair of the state administration, appropriations and finance and tax committees. In 2006 he was elected to the Orange County Commission, and re-elected in 2010. He left after 2014, due to term limits. Last year he served on the Orange County Charter Review Commission.

He cited the growth in west Orange County as a critical issue, particularly potential future growth with the completion of the Wekiva Parkway


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