Orlando City Commissioner Jim Gray has announced he’ll be seeking another term on the City Council representing District 1, in hopes of continuing to lead one of the most rapidly growing areas in the state.
“I want us to continue what we have in progress and to continue to manage the growth.” Gray told the Observer on Monday afternoon “We have three regional parks that are on the drawing board in different forms of progress, two of them will start in the next 30 days and I want to make sure those get done and open. One of my points of emphasis were parks because we didn’t have one down there.”
The decision clears up what has been a mystery in Orlando politics over the last few months with uncertainty over whether Gray would be seeking another term. Businessman Tom Keene filed to run for the seat last month and today’s announcement could shift potential contenders to the Orange County Commission District 4 race, where there is overlap in some areas in Gray’s seat and incumbent Jennifer Thompson is termed out.
Gray adds that making sure there are enough public safety resources in the expanding Lake Nona community is also a major priority, while finding the right balance between new development and the existing quality of life.
“You need both. Growth is good but at the same time you’ve got to continue to maintain the quality of life that brought people to the area in the first place.” he adds.
There will be a formal campaign kick off announcement made in the coming days, as well as more events that will be taking place over the next few months leading up to election day this November.
Grays was first elected in 2012 and reelected without opposition in 2014.