Phil Giorno replaces Dennis Mulder in House District 27 race, but not on ballot

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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, reports the West Volusia Beacon

Members of the DEC chose Giorno as the new candidate Sept. 6, after Mulder unexpectedly withdrew from the race Aug. 30.

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.

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