Gov. Ron Desantis may decide to leave Commissioner Lober's seat vacant
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – As Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis considers who to appoint to replace former District 2 Brevard County Commissioner Bryan Lober who recently resigned, veteran Republican Brevard County politician Tom Goodson formally registered Monday with the Brevard County Supervisor of Elections Office to run for the District 2 seat in the 2022 election.
Lober’s four-year term, which began in 2018, would have ended this November.
DeSantis could opt not to fill the vacancy left by Lober and leave the seat vacant until the election in November.
Fritz VanVolkenburgh, who had been serving as Lober’s chief of staff, has been selected by the Brevard County Commission to manage the District 2 office affairs until a replacement is named by Gov. DeSantis, or a new commissioner is voted into office in November.
Goodson, 71, attended Brevard Community College, graduating with his Associate degree in 1973, and later attended Florida State University, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 1975.
In 1988, he founded Goodson Paving, which continues to operate. He was elected to the Canaveral Port Authority in 2002 and was re-elected unopposed in 2006.
In 2010, Goodson won a seat in the Florida House of Representatives in the 29th District, which included Brevard County and Indian River County.
In 2012, Goodson ran in the newly created 50th District and won with 53 percent of the vote. In 2014, the election was decided in an open primary, which Goodson won handily, winning his third term in the legislature.
Other declared candidates for the Brevard County Commission District 2 seat include Republicans Joseph Cholewa and Dave Netterstrom; and Dontavious “Tay Duh Mayuh” Smith, who has no party affiliation. Lober is currently listed as a registered candidate but has indicated he will withdraw his candidacy.
District 2 includes Merritt Island, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, Kennedy Space Center, Port Canaveral, Snug Harbor, Avon by the Sea, and parts of Cocoa, Rockledge and Patrick Air Force Base.
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