On Friday, Business Executive Tom Keen, officially announced his candidacy for Orlando City Council District 1. The former Navy veteran will emphasize economic development in his platfor, while addressing airport expansion and road congestion in the D1 area.
Keen says its an enthusiasm for meeting and connecting to residents which has led to his run.
“I believe in supporting schools and neighborhood safety by developing meaningful relationships between police officers and our community, especially with our kids.” he says, adding “As the Commissioner for this district, I would work tirelessly to maintain the highest quality of public services. My priorities are safe, livable neighborhoods with excellent fire and police protection. We can grow responsibly while maintaining our quality of life.”
Up to this point, he’s the only candidate to have filed for the seat, incumbent Commissioner Jim Gray has yet to file for reelection.
“Our city commissioner should be someone who shows up,” says Keen. “I am present in the District 1 community. I am listening to residents and can better represent them in city government.”
Orlando’s municipal elections, which will also include contests in Districts 3 and 5 will take place on November 7th. Both incumbent commissioners in those respective districts, Robert Stuart and Regina Hill have both drawn opponents.