Steps into Apopka Mayor Nelson’s vacated District 2 Seat

Editor’s Note: This is the sixth in a series of articles published by The Apopka Voice in 2018 that were the most noteworthy events of the year. The Apopka Voice will publish them starting today and running until Sunday, December 30th. On December 31st and January 1st, we will publish a poll and let the readers decide on which story is the most impactful of the year.

Originally published on April 27th, 2018.

Tallahassee –  Florida Governor Rick Scott announced on Friday afternoon the appointment of Rod Love to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners to fill the District 2 seat vacated by former Commissioner Bryan Nelson who resigned when he became Mayor of Apopka on Tuesday.

Rod Love

Love, 52 of Apopka, is the president and chief executive officer of Community Synergy Group, Inc., and the host of the radio show Let’s Talk About It with Rod Love and Greg Jackson. The show airs on WOKB 1680 AM on Mondays between 7-8 PM. He is a longtime community advocate in Apopka and co-chaired the Apopka Community Task Force on Violence in 2016.

“I am honored by the appointment by Governor Rick Scott to serve the people of Orange County in District 2,” Love said. “I also want to thank my predecessor (Apopka) Mayor Bryan Nelson for his service and look forward to working with other elected
officials to address the multitude of issues confronting our communities. Governor Scott ended our conversation by saying, ‘congratulations and let’s get to work.’  I am ready, and welcome all prayers… we can do this together.  I look forward to serving the people.”

Nelson was pleased with Scott’s choice to replace him on the County Commission.

“The Governor has made a great pick to fulfill my term,” said Nelson. “Rod knows the issues and won’t miss a beat.”

Love’s appointment is for a term that began on April 26th and ends November 13th, 2018, when the winner of the Orange County Commission District 2 election will take over.

There are currently five candidates running for the District 2 seat including three Apopka residents – former District 2 Commissioner Fred Brummer, businessman Mark Byrd, and Orange County Public School Board District 7 member Christine Moore.


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