In an effort to complete the puzzle box in Groveland’s next steps, the City Council recently appointed Randolph Waite to serve as interim District 5 Councilmember, as a replacement for Jeff Shoobridge, who personally recommended him and resigned to accept a position out of state.
With 15 years of dutiful community involvement, Councilman Waite is no stranger to Groveland. “I was drawn to this position for numerous reasons, one major factor being the wonderful staff and atmosphere that has come along with Groveland’s rebranding. It is easy to recognize the improvements that only come with many great hands working together as a team, to move the City forward in a positive direction,” said Councilman Waite. “This wonderful City has made tremendous strides to get to its current state, but is not finished. I look forward to being a part of a great team and assisting to bring the community of Groveland closer together.”
As a University of Central Florida graduate, Randolph Waite has contributed to the community’s growth by mentoring future leaders in the Lake County educational system. He has served in a variety of areas, beginning with the founding of a well-needed preschool here in Groveland called, “We Are the Future Academy,” established in 2007. He has also taught at South Lake High School, where he served seven years as a Math Instructor and two years as Assistant Principal. His experience also extends into other cities, as he was both the Assistance Principal and Dean of Students at Oak Park Middle School in Leesburg and Umatilla Elementary. This journey led him back to the wonderful city that he desired to make the largest impact in, as he is now the Headmaster at Hope Preparatory Academy in Groveland, Florida. Councilman Waite is married to Eucreita and together they share three wonderful children.
Councilman Waite intends to run for the District 5 seat in 2020. If more than two eligible candidates apply during the qualifying period on December 5, from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and December 6, from 8 am -12 Noon, a primary election will take place on January 7, 2020. A special election if needed, will then take place on March 17, 2020. All parties interested in qualifying for this election may do so at the City Clerk’s Office located at 156 S. Lake Avenue, Groveland, Florida 34736.