A Mount Dora resident with close ties to CEMEX and its plans to develop a sand mine in south Lake County has withdrawn his bid to run against Lake County Commissioner Sean Parks, according to the Lake County Supervisor of Elections office.
John Stump, who according to an annual report The Colinas Group filed with the state on Jan. 13 was listed as one of several vice presidents with the group, said in an email message Friday he was not running at the request of CEMEX but at the request of friends, family and colleagues.
The Colinas Group was the engineering firm that did the site plan for the 1,196-acre sand mine in the center of the planning area of the Wellness Way Sector Plan. The Colinas plan was filed last year and withdrawn last month because of objections about possible traffic impacts, according to a letter from CEMEX attorney Roger Sims.
Stump said this morning that he would have to call back later with a comment.
Stump is the second candidate to bow out of the race against Parks. Orange County Sheriff Capt. Sandy Carpenter filed paperwork in May to run against Parks and withdrew his bid less than two weeks later.