Ben Paris, the first millennial Mayor of Seminole County, has announced re-election for Longwood City Commission, District 3.
Benjamin “Ben” Paris is a Lyman High School alumnus and resident of the City of Longwood. His work history is broad and extends to both the private and public sectors. After attending Seminole State College for two years, Ben began his professional career with Northrop Grumman Laser Systems Division. Ben later began his career at the City of Longwood while taking night classes at DeVry University. Over the next five years, Ben served in the City of Longwood Public Works Department where he acquired invaluable knowledge concerning the city’s infrastructure needs.
Mayor Paris was first elected to the Longwood City Commission in 2014 and was unanimously voted in as Mayor by his peers in November of 2017. He has spent the past four years focused on repairing Longwood’s stormwater systems, repaving old roads like the Florida Central Parkway, and working on other city transportation priorities. Mayor Paris’ unique experience as a Longwood citizen, a former city employee, and a current elected official have enabled him to make informed decisions that have led to results.
Other notable accomplishments include having established term limits for elected city officials, lowering permitting fees by 30%, and successfully reinvesting funds in city-wide sewer and stormwater projects.
If re-elected, Mayor Paris plans to focus on commercial development by bringing more small businesses, such as restaurants and local shops, to the city.
“As a resident of Longwood for the past twelve years, I have been honored to have played a role in revitalizing our city and protecting the personal freedoms of our residents. While we have accomplished many great things, Longwood has a long way to go in attracting new businesses and investment.”