Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs responded to speculation about possibly running for higher office when she terms out after next year on Friday morning. Jacobs has been a regular name mentioned in the races for the Seventh Congressional District here in the Orlando area or possibly a statewide run for Chief Financial Officer of Florida.
“I haven’t made any decisions at this point about what I’m going to do when I leave office” Jacobs told reporters on after a meeting of the Tourism Development Council “The only thing I know is whatever I do, whether it’s in the public sector or private sector, I know my goal is to do something that is meaningful.”
The Mayor didn’t completely rule anything out and has been getting phone calls on the possibility of running.
If Jacobs were to run against 7th District incumbent Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, she would be one of the few candidates who could have the fiscally conservative appeal to do well in Seminole County, with a demonstrated track record of winning in left leaning Orange County, which falls in line with the district. State Senator David Simmons is another Republican who’s considering running and he’s said he’s 98% sure he’s getting in.
CFO could be another potential spot for Jacobs. Current CFO Jeff Atwater is leaving office early, which means Governor Rick Scott will be selecting an appointee to finish his term. Jacobs’ reputation for managing large county budgets and being tough on the numbers will also continue to make her popular name in the coming months.