The choice to succeed Scott Arceneaux as executive director of the Florida Democratic Party is between Jonathan Ducote and Josh Wolf, sources tell FloridaPolitics.
Political consultant Jackie Lee and former state legislator Reggie Fullwood were also in the mix, but reportedly are now out of contention for the position.
Ducote has served as political director for the Florida Justice Association since 2014. He previously served as campaign manager for Loranne Ausley’s unsuccessful 2010 bid for CFO, as financial director for Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown’s 2011 election campaign victory, and as campaign manager for Barbara Buono’s unsuccessful challenge to Chris Christie in the 2013 New Jersey gubernatorial election.
Wolf most recently served as campaign manager for Patrick Murphy’s U.S. Senate bid. Prior to that, he served as campaign manger for Steve Grossman’s unsuccessful 2014 campaign for governor in Massachusetts. In 2012, he managed U.S. Rep. Ami Bera’s successful campaign in California.
Arceneaux’s departure after more than seven years as executive director was announced in January, shortly after Coconut Grove developer and fundraiser Stephen Bittel was elected as chairman. His tenure as executive director had been contentious in recent years, as some Democrats openly wondered why he had maintained his position while the state continued to lose statewide elections.
Arceneaux was initially hired during Karen Thurman’s tenure back in 2009. He lasted through the regimes of Rod Smith and Allison Tant.
2016 proved to be another desultory year for Florida Democrats. After being a blue state for two successive presidential elections, Republican Donald Trump eked out a narrow but clear cut victory over Hillary Clinton, while Marco Rubio easily defeated Murphy to maintain his seat in the Senate.
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