ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – One day after the start of the New Year, four Orange County constitutional officers–Sheriff John Mina (2019), Tax Collector Scott Randolph, Clerk of Court Tiffany Moore, and Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles–all filed for 2020 re-election at the Supervisor of Elections office.
Orange County has six countywide constitutional officers, which also includes, Sheriff John Mina (January 2, 2019), Comptroller Phil Diamond (August 1, 2019) and Property Appraiser Rick Singh (September 6, 2019), who filed for 2020 re-election in 2019.
All six constitutional officers are registered Democrats, and no Republican challengers have filed to contest their seats, for which the Democrats currently have a voter advantage. However, Sheriff John Mina, Property Appraiser Rick Singh, and Election Supervisor Bill Cowles currently have Democratic opponents.
There are more registered Democrats in Orange County (353,792), than Republicans (214,991), according to the Orange County Supervisor of Elections’ website as of January 3, 2020.
Sheriff John Mina, Orange County Sheriff’s Office
Former Orlando Police Chief John Mina is seeking a full four year term as Orange County Sheriff. He won election in 2018 to fill the remaining two year term of former Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, who won election to become Orange County’s first African America mayor.
Sheriff Mina has three opponents: retired Florida Highway Patrol Chief Joe Lopez, former Eatonville Police Chief Eric McInyre, and former Assistant Public Defender Andrew Darling.
Tax Collector Scott Randolph, Orange County Tax Collector’s Office
Incumbent Tax Collector Randolph is seeking a third term in his 2020 re-election bid.
The former State Representative and former Orange County Democratic Executive Committee Chairman Randolph was selected by his party as a replacement candidate after 96-year-old Earl K. Wood passed away weeks before November 2012 election. He won election to become Orange County’s new taxman after Wood served in the position for 46 years. He currently has no opponent.
Clerk Tiffany Russell, Orange County Clerk of Courts
Like Tax Collector Randolph, incumbent Clerk Russell is seeking a third term in her 2020 re-election bid.
“Kicking off the New Year and Decade by filing my re-election paperwork with some of my follow Constitutional Officers: Tax Collector, Scott Randolph and Supervisor of Election, Bill Cowles,” Russell stated in a post on her Facebook page Thursday.
In 2014, attorney and former District 6 County Commissioner Russell became the first African American female Clerk in Orange County and Florida when she won election. She’s currently running unopposed.
Election Supervisor Bill Cowles, Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office
Cowles is seeking a seventh term in his 2020 re-election bid. Della Davis, a former temporary employer with the Orange County Supervisor’s office, filed paperwork to challenge her old boss again. Davis ran unsuccessfully in 2016.
Ballot qualifying for Orange County office is between June 8-12. The primary election is August 18 and the general election is November 3, 2020.