EXCLUSIVE: Woodruff running for old seat?

Former Sanford City Commissioner Art Woodruff was twice elected in District 1. A physics teacher and technology consultant at Oviedo High School, Woodruff has taught in Seminole County since 1985.

UPDATE 8:26 p.m.: District 1 Commissioner Mark McCarty picked up reelection paperwork from the City Clerk following the commission work session.

UPDATED 5:28 p.m.: Includes quotes from Woodruff and McCarty

Former Sanford City Commissioner Art Woodruff appears to be gearing up to challenge incumbent Mark McCarty for the District 1 seat.

Woodruff filed papers with the Sanford City Clerk last week to run.

Woodruff served two terms as the District 1 commissioner from 2001 to 2010, when he chose not to run for reelection.

Reached by phone, Woodruff said he left office to spend more time with his family but always planned to return to public service.

“I had planned to run again but I thought it would be for District 3,” Woodruff said.

Woodruff currently lives on South Mellonville Avenue on Silver Lake, which used to be near the old District 3 boundaries. Redistricting changed the area to District 1.

Woodruff’s home is currently in unincorporated Seminole County. He says he will annex into the city to comply with the city’s charter.

Woodruff said he tried to contact McCarty, but the two traded phone calls.

McCarty said he was aware Woodruff planned to file for District 1.

McCarty has not announced whether he plans to run.

Reached during a break at the city commission work session, McCarty was asked if he planned to run.

“I tried, but my doctor said I shouldn’t,” McCarty said.

Asked if intended to seek reelection, McCarty remained silent.

In addition to Woodruff, businessman Charles Davis announced in January he was running for the District 1 seat.

– By Dan Ping




  1. That’s a pretty neat trick seeing how Art doesn’t live in District One or, for that matter, Sanford.


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