Orange County Commission candidates Fred Brummer and Mark Byrd became the first two county candidates to qualify for the August 28 election ballot – and they’re facing each other.

Brummer and Byrd, both of Apopka, have both qualified by petition to be on the ballot for the Orange County Board of Commissioners District 2 seat, according to the Orange County Supervisor of Elections.

It’s a crowded field of intended candidates, with Orange County School Board Member Christine Moore of Apopka, Patricia Rumph of Orlando, and Antuan Bibbs, of Apopka, all also running for the seat.

The seat is opening up by April 24 as incumbent Commissioner Bryan Nelson was just elected mayor of Apopka and has submitted his resignation from the seat. That means Gov. Rick Scott will be asked to appoint a commissioner to serve the rest of the year, with the elections filling the seat for the next term.

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at

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