Curry chosen to succeed Bitner as Republican Party of Florida chairmanby George Bennett | September 23rd, 2011
ORLANDO — The Republican Party of Florida tonight elevated Vice Chairman Lenny Curry to replace the late Dave Bitner as chairman of the state party through the 2012 elections.
With widow Wendy Bitner, Gov. Rick Scott and Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll on hand, Curry was the only candidate nominated at a meeting of the party’s 257-member executive committee. Curry, 41, is a Jacksonville business consultant and a former chairman of the Duval County GOP. His term runs through January 2013.
Bitner, 62, was elected chairman in January and diagnosed a few months later with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He died this month, shortly after announcing his intent to resign and his wish to be succeeded by Curry.