Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer took to social media to announced that an ethics complaint has been filed against him and wanted to address the matter directly. Kilsheimer is blaming the complaint on next year’s Apopka Mayor race and sounded confident the ethics commission will rule in his favor.
“Friends, the next election for Apopka mayor is still more than 11 months away, but it’s clear some people want the campaign to begin now.” begins Kilsheimer “More than three weeks ago, I was warned that my political opponents were “shopping” for someone to file an ethics complaint against me with the Florida Ethics Commission. I was informed that two people had turned them down. Well, the third time must have been the charm. I was officially notified Friday that an Apopka resident has filed an ethics complaint against me. I spoke to a lawyer in Tallahassee Friday — an expert in these issues — who assured me that the filing of ethics charges is a well-known campaign tactic in Florida. (And it recently happened in another local race here). The complaint relates to the work I have undertaken — even before I entered public office — to find a better way for former felons to re-enter society. This is a major social and economic challenge facing our state, and our nation.”
Kilsheimer has recently been under scrutiny for the Certified Second Chance Inc, a rehabilitative felon employment reentry program that is requesting $500,000 in state funding. The Mayor says that himself or any other CSC Partners will not be compensated if the appropriations request is granted.
The Apopka Mayor race is expected to be a competitive and contentious contest. Kilsheimer defeated 60 year incumbent John Land in 2014 and will face reelection opposition from Apopka native and Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson in next year’s contest. Apopka is the second largest city in Orange County with ample room for development and a variety of opinions from the community over the direction it should take with future growth.
“I firmly believe that the complaint is without merit and that the Ethics Commission will find in my favor.” continues Kilsheimer “Nonetheless, it is an ordeal that Cheryl and I must endure, and part of the price one must pay to serve in public office. I post this this here today so that my friends and supporters will hear it from me first, rather than than from another source.”