After the sudden resignation of disgraced former County Commissioner Bryan Lober, there was left a vacancy to be filled for the remainder of his term which ends in November this year. Lober stated he recommended two individuals to the Governor to appoint as his replacement. One of those individuals was Josiah Gattle, who is the Chair for the Space Coast Young Republicans. How much weight the endorsement of a former Commissioner who resigned while under investigation carries is yet to be seen.
The reported favorite for the appointment is former State Representative Tom Goodson. Goodson is being recommended by Sheriff Wayne Ivey, along with the Brevard Republican Executive Committee, and others. What is unknown however if the Governor will actually appoint anyone given the short time remaining for the term, and the extensive list of pressing matters on the Governor’s desk already.
Today, Goodson officially filed to run for the seat for the upcoming election, which could be a sign that the Governor does not plan to appoint anyone to the position, and just let it remain vacant until the election. Bryan Lober has not officially stated he is not going to run for re-election but is still listed on the Supervisor’s website as a candidate. His last campaign finance report shows that he paid himself $115,000 from his campaign account under a “loan,” but did not return the donations of any of his supporters who contributed to his campaign over the last year and a half.
Goodson 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. Goodson was elected to the Canaveral Port Authority in 2002, defeating Don Molitor with 51% of the vote. He was re-elected unopposed in 2006.