Former state Sen. Dwight Bullard has gotten himself elected state committeeman from Gadsden County and is back in the running for chairman of the Florida Democratic Party.
Bullard, whose home turf has been Miami, where he lost a bitter re-election campaign this fall after redistricting, has a home in Gretna in Gadsden County, and now is registered to vote there, according to the Gadsden County Supervisor of Elections Office.
Tuesday evening Gadsden Democratic State Committeeman Sam Palmer resigned and Bullard was unanimously elected to replace him, according to Gadsden Democratic Chairman Willie Neal.
“I support him. I’ve known him as senator for years,” Neal said.
That opens the door to reignite Bullard’s campaign for the state party chairmanship. He had failed in his bid to qualify in Miami-Dade County earlier this month to Stephen Bittel, who formally announced Tuesday that he, too, is running for the state chairmanship.
Also in the running are Alan Clendenin, who took a similar track as Bullard to qualify as a candidate. Clendenin moved to Bradford County to get the state committeeman post there after losing election to get the job in Hillsborough County early this month. Duval County State Committeewoman Lisa King and Osceola County Democratic Party Chair Leah Carius also are in the running.
The Florida Democratic Party will elect its new chairman Jan. 14, 2017. Current Chair Allison Tant is stepping down.