Infantini: ‘If Scott Wants To Stay Clerk, I Will Back Away’
By Charles Parker // December 31, 2014
Infantini Clarifies Remarks Regarding Potential Race Against Current Clerk Scott Ellis
BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – Trudie Infantini, the newly-announced candidate for Brevard County Clerk of the Circuit Court, clarified remarks regarding a potential race against current Clerk Scott Ellis on Tuesday.
“Let me clear the air,” Infantini told Space Coast Daily. “If Scott wants to stay Clerk, I will back away.”
Infantini, the District 3 county commissioner, went on to say that Ellis had previously said he would only serve one term.
“However, two years ago when Scott ran to reclaim the Clerk’s position, Scott told many of us it was for one term only. He knew he was the only candidate that could beat Mitch Needelman.”
Needleman served as Clerk of the Circuit Court from 2010 – 2012 when Ellis beat him in the Republican primary.
Needelman was arrested last year on a series of bribery and bid tampering charges resulting from a disputed scanning contract in 2012.
Infantini added that she has asked Ellis for his support, but that he remains uncommitted.
“So, I began asking Scott if he would support my run for Clerk over six months ago,” she said.
“Four months ago Scott said he was undecided on the race. Therefore, since elections take a good bit of lead time, funding, and leg work, I threw in my hat.
“The position of Clerk requires a decisive individual of integrity. The position cannot fall into the wrong hands again.”
Ellis could not be reached for comment.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Charles Parker is a longtime resident of Brevard County and has been writing for various publications for the last 40 years – both print and digital. Parker covers space, politics, religion, and other news and special events for Space Coast Daily.
Currently, he is an aerospace engineering teacher at Merritt Island High School. He is also the director of both the da Vinci Academy of Aerospace Technology and the Academy of Hospitality, Entrepreneurship, and Tourism at MIHS. He is a professor of Humanities and World Religions at Eastern Florida State College and Valencia College.
Parker has worked extensively in the tourism and aerospace industries in Brevard. He has also been a United Methodist pastor and director of a non-profit to help young adults aging out of foster care. He was formerly a board member at Brevard Achievement Center and the Childcare Association of Brevard. He was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the Children’s Services Council from 1999-2003.
Parker earned a BA in Organizational Management from Warner University and a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. He is married, has four children and one grandchild.
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