Patricia Rumph of Orlando has qualified for the ballot to run for Orange County Commission in District 2, in north-central and northwest Orange County.
She is the third candidate to qualify by petition in the D2 race, along with grower Mark Byrd and former Orange County commissioner and former state Rep. Fred Brummer, both of Apopka. There are two other candidates in the race, Orange County School Board member Christine Moore and Antuan Bibbs.
Rumph and the others seek to succeed Commissioner Bryan Nelson, who is resigning to become mayor of Apopka.
She filed enough petition signatures to have 1,278 certified by Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles on Friday.
Rumph also noted that she has received the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police, District 7, which represents law enforcement officers throughout Central Florida.
Rumph is retired from 30 years at the Florida Department of Corrections. Before that sh,e was an administrator at Kennedy Space Center.
Her county commission campaign has focused on her push for safe streets for a strong community, for protecting the rural character of the rural parts of the county, and for improved public transportation in the diverse district, which includes Eatonville, Lockhart, Fairview Shores, Pine Hills, Apopka, part of Ocoee, and the rural areas northwest of Apopka.
“I’ve lived and worked in this community for 30 years, so I clearly understand the concerns and needs,” Rumph said.