A pair of Democratic lawyers are squaring off in an Aug. 26 primary to become Orange County’s next Clerk of Circuit Court.
County Commissioner Tiffany Moore Russell faces attorney James “Jimmy” Auffant. The winner takes on Clerk Eddie Fernandez, who was appointed to the post this year by Gov. Rick Scott.
Fernandez faces no Republican-primary foe.
This fall’s special election is being held in the wake of former Clerk Lydia Gardner’s death in May of 2013, just months after winning a four-year term in 2012. So the winner of the Nov. 4 general election will fill the last two years of Gardner’s term, then face re-election again in 2016.
Auffant says his legal experience and specific reform plans for the office make him the best candidate. Moore Russell is also an attorney and touts her legal background. And she says her eight years as commissioner honed her outreach and agency teamwork skills, which the clerk’s office needs.