Records Show Brevard Commission Candidate Victoria Mitchner Has Multiple Evictions, Unsettled Judgment
By Space Coast Daily // November 3, 2018
Mitchner facing Bryan Lober for Brevard County Commission in General Election
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Republican State Committeewoman Cheryl Lankes on Oct.18 posted court documents to the Brevard County Politics Facebook page showing District 2 County Commission candidate Victoria Mitchner has had multiple evictions and an unsettled judgment for $13,859.41.
Mitchner is facing Republican Brevard County Commission District 2 candidate Bryan Lober in the General Election on Nov. 6.
According to the document posted by Lankes, the first eviction case dates from August 2004 when Mitchner lived in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The judgment, in that matter, indicates that there was no dispute that Mitchner owed back rent. The judgment ordered Mitchner be removed from the premises and it assessed costs of the eviction to her.
In an email statement to Space Coast Daily, Mitchner said that her drivers license was stolen seven years ago. As this case dates from approximately 14 years ago, there does not appear to be any connection between the allegedly stolen license and the eviction.
The most recent eviction, involving an apartment in Rockledge, was resolved in 2016. In that eviction, the plaintiff alleged that Mitchner “failed to pay the full rent when due.”
In this matter, Mitchner unsuccessfully requested “that the court restricts this case from public access/view…”
During a candidate forum on October 10 in Melbourne, Mitchner said, “It wasn’t that I didn’t pay my rent. I was living in a subsidized community. I no longer qualified for the housing assistance and I was told I had five days and so that was that…it does look bad or whatever.”
“I am a perfect example of someone who was able to benefit from affordable, subsidized housing,” said Mitchner.
“As a single mother, that support when I moved back to Brevard allowed me to put a safe roof over my children’s heads while I established my career here. Flash forward, I had been promoted, received a raise, going from $11.04 an hour to $17.75 an hour and was then able to earn enough to exceed the income limit to no longer qualify for affordable housing.”
Court documents show that Mitchner and the plaintiff arrived at a settlement in that matter in which she agreed to pay additional rent, vacate the premises and permit plaintiff’s attorney’s fees and costs to be deducted from her security deposit, and the case was resolved accordingly.
Also posted by Lankes, is a judgment against Mitchner showing that she breached a contract with a company named “Cash in Advance” and that she not only lost that case but was also assessed costs in that lawsuit.
In a statement to Space Coast Daily, Mitchner said the defendant was another individual from Florida with the same name and that she had no knowledge of this case. Space Coast Daily was able to verify, based on a social security number, that the defendant was candidate Mitchner.
Mitchner said in an email statement, “As far as this cash in advance thing goes I know nothing about that and service members, including reservist and national guardsmen, are prohibited from receiving payday loans.”
During the October 10 forum, when asked whether she has ever had a lien filed against her, Mitchner stated, in part, “I’ve been divorced. We did a settlement or whatever and whatever debt that was occurred [sic] during the process of the divorce – instead of going back and forth and spending more money, which I didn’t have, I just accepted what came along with it or whatever, which was a car, and I actually settled with that company.”
Court records indicate that Mitchner lost this case in which US Bank indicated that Mitchner “repeatedly failed to pay.”
“I settled with US bank in 2009 for a lesser amount for the vehicle that was in my name after my divorce,” said Mitchner in an email.
In the final judgment, Mitchner was ordered to pay $13,859.41 plus interest. According to the official records, there is no evidence that any amount was ever paid toward this judgment lien as the lien does not appear to have been satisfied.
When asked for comment Lober said, “At this juncture, I’m focusing on my strong points rather than on my opponent’s shortcomings.”
Brevard County’s District 2 includes Merritt Island, Port Canaveral, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, Avon by the Sea, Rockledge, Kennedy Space Center, Snug Harbor and Patrick Air Force Base.
The 2018 Primary Election will be held on November 6.
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