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By Pat Andrews
posted May 4, 2012 - 5:27:41pm
It was a tough decision, former Deltona Mayor Dennis Mulder's e-mail said.
Mulder is withdrawing from the race for the District 5 seat on the Volusia County Council, and entering the race for District 27 in the Florida House.
Last month, incumbent District 5 County Council Member Pat Northey decided to run for re-election to District 5, instead of running for elections supervisor.
Northey said she'd like to see Mulder run for the House seat. Other Democrats agreed, according to reports.
In a May 2 press release, Mulder stated he received "more phone calls than at any other time in my career, urging me to consider a candidacy for the Florida State House, District 27. It has been overwhelming and flattering."
After consideration and talking to his family about it, Mulder decided to make the switch.
"District 27 is really a brand new district and a brand new opportunity for Volusia County to have representation in Tallahassee fighting for our needs," Mulder said.
There is one other Democrat in the District 27 race: Eunice Garbutt of Deltona. Garbutt entered the race for Florida House District 64 in November. When redistricting was finished Garbutt no longer lived in District 64, but was in District 27. She's run for office once before, for the Florida Senate, and has been a campaign worker and voter-registration worker since she was a 17, volunteering with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Two Republicans — David Santiago, a former Deltona City Commission member, and former Deltona City Attorney George Trovato — are also on the ballot in the state House District 27 race.
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