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A candidate comes forth


Voters in Orlando's spring mayoral election now have someone legitimate for whom they can cast their protest vote. But six-year City Council member Bruce Gordy is much more than the anti-Glenda Hood; he could actually win. And the support he's marshaled -- including three of his fellow commissioners on the six-member council -- shows that frustration with Hood's autocratic style runs deeper than the council's mostly happy face suggests. A College Park dentist with a long list of civic contributions, Gordy declared his candidacy on Nov. 1; it was Hood's surprise action to revive a light-rail line that finally pushed him to challenge her bid for a third four-year term. Hood's only other challenger -- a minor one at that -- is the playful antagonist Tom Levine.