West Palm Beach Democrat Mark Pafford looked certain to be elected incoming leader of Florida’s House Democrats after a one-time contender for the post, Rep. Mia Jones announced that she was no longer a candidate. But Tuesday afternoon another contender entered the ring: Rep. Alan Williams.
The 44-member Democratic caucus is set to meet beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Williams and Pafford, both elected in 2008, are hoping to replace Rep. Darryl Rouson who was tossed out as incoming leader on a 24-17 vote Monday night.
Rouson had run afoul of party leaders and most of the caucus for establishing a fund-raising committee outside the Florida Democratic Party.