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Bishop for Florida election to be re-run

23 September 2022

Candidates on the original ballot on the list again for November re-run

Diocese of Florida

The Revd Charlie Holt in a video message in June

The Revd Charlie Holt in a video message in June

THE election of a new Bishop Coadjutor for Florida is to be re-run, after the first election was ruled unfair by the Court of Review of the Episcopal Church in the United States (News, 2 September).

The candidates who were previously on the ballot in the original election, which was held in May, are again on the list for the election in November. They include the Revd Charlie Holt, who was declared the winner after the first vote.

A complaint was filed after the original result, which was upheld by the Court of Review. It concluded that a clergy quorum had not been reached, and that the switch to allow online voting by clergy only, just two days before the election, was “fundamentally unfair to the delegates of the convention and its candidates”.

Fr Holt withdrew his acceptance of the result (News, 26 August), and the present Bishop, the Rt Revd Samuel Johnson Howard, announced that the diocese would hold a second election for Bishop Coadjutor.

Bishop Howard had called for the election because of his plans to retire next autumn.

Canon Miguel Rosada and Canon Beth Tjoflat are the other two candidates listed on the ballot, and they may be joined by additional candidates. Canon Tjoflat came second to Frr Holt in the May ballot.

Canon Rosada is Rector of St Luke’s, Jacksonville, and the Diocesan Canon for Latino-Hispanic Ministries. Canon Tjoflat is Canon for Urban Ministry for the diocese of Florida, and Vicar of St Mary’s, Jacksonville.

Fr Holt is Assistant Rector of St John the Divine, Houston. The announcement that he had been elected bishop in May was marred by criticism of his previously expressed views on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ+ people.

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