With less than four weeks before the Nov. 6 election, a Volusia County businessman will replace the late Sen. Dorothy Hukill in a race for a Central Florida Senate seat.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal and Florida Today reported that Republican leaders from Volusia and Brevard Counties on Thursday night picked businessman Tom Wright to run in Senate District 14.

The GOP has had to quickly find a candidate after Hukill died Oct. 2 following a battle with cervical cancer. With vote-by-mail ballots already sent out, Hukill’s name will remain on the ballot — with votes cast for her going to Wright.

Wright, 66, lives in New Smyrna Beach and owns businesses in Minnesota. Florida Today reported that he will fund his own campaign but has not determined how much he will spend.

“I am a self-made businessman,” Wright wrote in a letter to a nominating committee, according to Florida Today. “I have no one that I owe or am beholden to. Through hard work, I have been blessed with business success, and I know firsthand what it takes to run a business, make payroll, live within a budget and make the tough decisions that come with running a business.”


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