Business Executive Tom Keen was in Lake Nona on Wednesday night to officially kick off his campaign to be the next Orlando Commissioner representing District 1 on the city council.
Surrounded by family and supporters, Keen explained both his personal and professional background in the district that gives him an understanding on job creation and bringing smart growth to the area.
“District 1 is the largest district in the city and it’s also the fastest growing in terms of population.” began Keen “We have to manage growth and manage it very carefully so we can protect the quality of life for existing residents, as well as for the new folks that move in. A lot of times when you have a lot of growth, the folks that were there first get left behind. We can’t do that.”
Keen is challenging District 1 incumbent Tom Keen and laid out a path to victory that involved leveraging the higher number of Democratic voters in the area.
“We’re going to have a strategy. We don’t want to forget about our Republican and No Party Affiliation friends but that’s our strategy to win.” continued Keen “Why it matters is because the Democratic values we see on the national level do become local.”
The challenger also pledged to try and raise the minimum wage in Orlando if elected and to be a representative for the entire district.
“We need to represent the whole district.” said Keen in closing “Not just new folks. Not just old folks, not just people that are Republicans or Democrats. The whole constituency needs to be represented.”