Dyer Rivals Call for Investigation over Absentee Ballots

Shortly after Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer delivered his State of the City Address yesterday, two of his opponents and another candidates for an Orlando Commission seat were holding their own event.

Orlando Mayor Candidates Mike Cantone and Ken Mulvaney along with City Commission candidate Lawanna Gelzer, held a press conference at the Orange County Supervisor of Elections calling, for an investigation over the handling of absentee ballots.

Gelzer addresses media as Mulvaney and Cantone look on

The three sent a letter citing that political operatives working for the Dyer and City Commissioner Sam Ings (Gelzer’s opponent) violated rules for requesting absentee ballots and neither of the operatives were established as “designees”. They also add in the letter a list of other possible violations and failure to act by the City Clerk and Supervisor of elections. You can read the full letter below.


Mayor Dyer was indicted several years back on similar allegations but was later cleared. Dyer has also been rumored to be a possible opponent for Governor Rick Scott in the 2014 elections.

Mayoral candidate Mike Cantone told reporters in attendance that he was simply calling for an investigation

Mulvaney has had issues with the Dyer campaign during previous elections concerning ballots

Dyer’s 3rd rival, City Commissioner Phil Diamond was not on hand. The Governor’s office has said that the matter is under investigation.