According the this story in the Orlando Sentinel, former mayor Bill Fredrick will probably run in the special election to fill the vacancy created by Buddy Dyer's suspension after his indictment on charges of election fraud:
Frederick's plan would be to serve as mayor until a final decision is cast about Dyer's political fate. If Dyer is convicted and permanently removed from office, Frederick said, he would resign the mayor's seat in about a year and not run in a general election.
Frederick has asked other potential candidate Tico Perez to step aside to allow him to run unopposed:
Perez, who has acknowledged his interest in filling Dyer's seat, said he rejected Frederick's proposal.
"I was very respectful to the former mayor but not receptive to the idea," Perez said. He would not comment further.
Frederick was the mayor of Orlando from 1980 - 1992, and has the support of many local politicos, including Former Orange County Chairman Linda Chapin:
"If he does it, it would clearly be a positive response to the unfortunate situation that Mayor Dyer finds himself in," said Chapin, director of the Metropolitan Center for Regional Studies at the University of Central Florida. "With his experience, this absolutely would be a perfect solution."
Frederick was a very popular mayor during his tenure in office. He is fondly remembered by this humble blogger for an incident that occurred late in his last term, where he unholstered his legally-owned firearm and discharged it in the air in an attempt to apprehend a mugger he encountered in the parking lot of a mid-town eatery.
He was roundly castigated in the press, but his behavior was generally applauded by the citizens of Orlando. Whether the incident effected his decision not to run for re-election is unknown.