Orange County Commission Bryan Nelson officially announced his run for Mayor of Apopka on Thursday morning, surrounded by family and friends across the street from City Hall.
Nelson began his remarks recalling fond memories his family as had during their multi-generational stay in the small town that has turned into Orange County’s second biggest city.
“We are just so excited to be part of this race.” began Nelson “We’re gonna get out there and work hard. I think we’ve got a couple of things we’ve got to look at, first off civility in Apopka, we’ve got to get that back, we’ve got to have communities coming together.”
Before being elected to the District 2 seat on the Commission in 2014, Nelson also represented the region in the state legislature for several years. He’s also a small businessman in the community.
His announcement also sets up a high profile match-up with incumbent Mayor Joe Kilsheimer, who was also elected in 2014 after beating longtime incumbent John Land, who was the elected Mayor of the city for almost all of 61 years. The race will rekindle the debate over how the city should grow and what that growth in the region should look like.
The news also opens up a seat representing Apopka on the Orange County Commission to replace Nelson. The only filed candidate at the current time is Corrections Department Officer, Patricia Rumph who also ran in 2014.
Nelson will hold a campaign kick off with supporters later this month
“I’ve done it my entire life. It’s about trying to work through issues, work with the community and work with constituents” added Nelson “We are so blessed with what we have here.”