Orlando Sentinel: Orange County Sheriff John Mina to seek re-election as a Democrat in 2020

Less than two months after he was elected Orange County sheriff, John Mina on Wednesday filed notice that he intends to run for re-election as a Democrat in 2020.

Mina won office as an independent in November.

Despite having changed his registration from Republican to Democrat in September 2017, he was precluded from running on his new party’s ticket by a state law that requires candidates to be registered to a party for at least a year prior to the beginning of an election’s qualification period.

Mina beat Orlando businessman Darryl Sheppard, a Democrat, and former Florida Highway Patrol Chief Joe Lopez, who also ran as an independent, to become sheriff in November.

He succeeded Jerry Demings, who retired from his position to run as Orange County mayor and also won election.

So far, only one other candidate has filed to run for sheriff in 2020. Eric McIntyre, a former Eatonville police chief, filed his notice to run as a Democrat in July.