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By Pat Andrews
posted Sep 7, 2012 - 3:21:39pm
Phil Giorno, chairman of the Volusia County Democratic Executive Committee, will replace Dennis Mulder as the Democratic nominee for Florida House District 27 in the Nov. 6 election. However, Mulder's name will remain on the ballot, Volusia County Elections Supervisor Ann McFall said.
Members of the DEC chose Giorno as the new candidate Sept. 6, after Mulder unexpectedly withdrew from the race Aug. 30.
Giorno must qualify by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, McFall said.
He told The Beacon he's complying with all the requirements.
"We are also filing today to open a finance account," another requirement, Giorno said.
A Sept. 7 email from Assistant General Counsel Gary J. Holland at the Florida Department of State sealed Mulder's name on the ballot, McFall said.
The email stated, "Because Phil Giorno (the named replacement candidate by the Democratic Party) did not qualify before certification of the results of the primary election, Dennis Mulder’s name is to remain on the ballot for the State House D27 race."
Giorno said he hasn't given up — "We're working on that," he said Sept. 7.
Absentee ballots were scheduled to go to the printer Sept. 7, however, and regular ballots were to go to the printer Sept. 10, McFall said.
McFall said she would send postcards, announcing the substitution of Giorno for Mulder, to all households in District 27, which covers Southeast Volusia from Oak Hill to Southwest Volusia, including the cities of Deltona, DeBary, Lake Helen and parts of Orange City.
Democrats requested the ballots be changed, even going to the Department of State, but Holland's email would seem to settle the matter.
DeBary Mayor Bob Garcia was also considered as the new candidate, as was Nicholas Ruiz III. When DEC members voted, Giorno got 35 of 63 votes; Garcia got 26 votes, and two voted for Ruiz.
The Beacon asked Republican candidate Santiago if he cared whether Giorno's or Mulder's name appears the ballot.
"I honestly do not," Santiago said.
He's been busy with his own campaign, which is going well, Santiago added.
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