Orange County Democrats have a new candidate to run in place of longtime Tax Collector Earl K. Wood, who died Monday at the age of 96.
Former state Rep. Scott Randolph is Wood's replacement, the Orange County Democratic Executive Committee announced Wednesday.
A note on the Nov. 6 ballot will explain that a vote for Wood is a vote for his replacement. Randolph will receive all votes cast for Wood, including those absentee ballots cast before his replacement was selected.
Wood, an incumbent, served as Tax Collector for 48 years.
The Democratic Party had five days after Wood's death to designate a nominee to fill the vacancy. The OCDEC, which is comprised of almost 100 voting members, selected Randolph at a special meeting Wednesday night.
Randolph was elected to the Florida House in 2006 and served three terms until he decided in May to not seek re-election. He served as the ranking Democratic member of the Finance & Tax Committee in the legislature.