Rod Love appointed to Orange County Commission

Rod Love

Apopka businessman Rod Love was appointed Friday by Gov. Rick Scott to fill out the open term for the District 2 seat on the Orange County Board of Commissioners.

Love, 52, of Apopka, is president and chief executive officer of Community Synergy Group, an Altamonte Springs-based health care company, and also has a legislative government affairs consulting background, and a podcast radio show on politics and government.

He will fill out the unexpired term of Bryan Nelson, who was just sworn in as mayor of Apopka on Tuesday, after being elected to that mayor’s position in March.

Love’s term begins immediately and ends in Dec. 4. The district covers northwest Orange County.

Scott has indicated that he wanted someone to fill the vacancy who had no intention of running to stay in the office after that.

There are five candidates seeking to win that seat in this year’s election, including former state Rep. and Orange County Commissioner Fred Brummer, who held the position before Nelson. Also in the race are Mark Byrd, Orange County School Board Member Christine Moore, Patricia Rumph, and Antuan Bibbs.

Scott made the announcement after 5 p.m. Friday, and Love could not be reached.

Love has been president of Community Synergy Group for seven years, according to his Linkedin account, which also references a background in legislative

He also hosts a weekly podcast radio show called “Let’s Talk About It,” which addresses crime, legislative affairs, healthcare, redevelopment, law enforcement and other issues.

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