Sanford City Commissioners chose a diverse mix of residents to interview for the vacant District 1 City Commission seat, setting up a potential historic decision on June 29
Of the 5 candidates, the list includes 3 women and 3 Black residents. During the city’s 143-year history neither a woman nor a Black citizen has represented District 1.
The five residents to be interviewed include:
- Charles Davis – 2 votes
- Sheena Britton – 3 votes
- Tammy Agnini – 3 votes
- Victoria Robinson Wilson – 3 votes
- Derrick Daniels – 3 votes
Commissioners will interview the 5 candidates at a public meeting on June 29 and will make a decision that night after the interviews.
A breakdown of each commissioner’s vote:
Mayor Art Woodruff’s 4 picks were: Tammy Agnini, Sheena Britton, Derrick Daniels and Victoria Robinson Wilson.
District 2 Commissioner Kerry Wiggins‘ 4 picks were: Charles Davis, Sheena Britton, Derrick Daniels and Victoria Robinson Wilson.
District 3 Commissioner Patrick Austin’s 4 picks were: Don Schreiner, Derrick Daniels, Tammy Agnini and Charles Davis.
District 4 Commissioner Patty Mahany’s 4 picks were: Victoria Robinson Wilson, Tammy Agnini, Sheena Britton, and Debbie Van Gaale.
he District 1 seat is vacant after Mayor Jeff Triplett announced June 8 he was running for Seminole County Property Appraiser. Florida law requires elected officials to resign from their current office in order to run for a different office.
At their June 8 meeting, commissioners appointed District 1 City Commissioner Art Woodruff to serve as mayor, thus leaving his seat vacant. The commission must now appoint a citizen to that seat.
The Sanford city charter requires the city commission to appoint a replacement for for any vacancies within 30 days.
Although there is a regular city election schedule Aug. 18 for city commission seats in Districts 3 and 4, the charter also states that if a vacancy takes place with less than 6 months before a city election, the appointee will serve the remaining term, In this case, Woodruff and the new appointee will not run for election until August 2022.