Former Seminole Tax Collector Greenberg drops out of Republican primary

Joel Greenberg -- who resigned this week as Seminole County Tax Collector following a federal indictment on stalking and identity theft charges - has withdrawn as a Republican candidate for the seat and will not seek a second term.

a man standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg leaves the federal courthouse in Orlando after making a first appearance following his indictment on a federal stalking charge, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. © Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/Orlando Sentinel/TNS Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg leaves the federal courthouse in Orlando after making a first appearance following his indictment on a federal stalking charge, Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

Greenberg’s business associate Daniel Day, who went by the name of Dani Mora Day in the race, also withdrew on Thursday as the “no party affiliate” candidate in the race.

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That leaves Republican candidates Brian Beute, a teacher at Trinity Preparatory School in south Seminole, and J.R. Kroll, a mortgage broker, as the two Republican candidates vying for the county’s Tax Collector seat in the party’s Aug. 18 primary.

The winner will face Democrat Lynn Moira Dictor in the countywide Nov. 3 general election.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to soon name an interim Seminole Tax Collector to finish Greenberg’s term that ends Jan. 4 when a new Tax Collector will be sworn in.

Greenberg stepped down as Tax Collector on Wednesday, a day after federal prosecutors unsealed a grand jury indictment that charges him with stalking a political opponent by sending out fake letters claiming sexual harassment. The letters also claimed that his opponent was a “segregationist and in favor of white supremacy.”


Video: Attorney for ex-Seminole County tax collector says plea deal in the works (WFTV Orlando)

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Greenberg also allegedly created fake Twitter and Facebook accounts to post the false information, according to federal prosecutors.

Greenberg, 35, was first elected in November 2016 after beating a write-in candidate in the general election and longtime Tax Collector Ray Valdes in the August primary that year.

Dictor accused Day of using a fake name similar to her name in an effort to confuse voters. County elections officials said Day claimed in his candidate qualifying documents that “Mora” is a nickname he often uses. And Dani is short for Daniel, his legal name.

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