Demings Campaign Announce Campaign Kick-Off for Saturday

The Val Demings Campaign has announced that her campaign for Orange County Mayor will Kick-Off on Saturday, April 5th at Lake Eola Park which will begin at 11am. An email to supporters had this to say.

If we weren’t excited before, we certainly are now. We’re building the largest people-driven movement Orange County has ever seen and we’re kicking it off April 5.

Our supporters have been passionately getting ready and we’re eager to get started. We hope you will join us next Saturday. Click here to add your name and join the movement.

Like many of you, I have been inspired by Val Demings and I can see the leadership she will bring to Orange County. Val is truly someone who will serve us as she has always done.

One of the first supporters I met in this campaign was Grace. Grace works about 50 hours a week and is working to put herself for school. She told me that she’s just looking for a leader who will skip the political scandals and the waffling and simply work for the families who live and work here.

It’s people like Grace who are fueling this movement. It’s why we’re putting in the extra effort everyday. And it’s why I will walk on Saturday.

It’s past time for Orange County to have a leader who gets it. Stories like Grace’s are why it is so critical that we elect Val Demings in August. It’s why I’m asking you to join me and so many others when we launch our field campaign and take these issues to the voters on Saturday. Please join us!

The former Orlando Police Chief and Congressional Candidate hopes to defeat Incubment Teresa Jacobs later this year.

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Your Social Media Sunday Political Round-Up for 3-30-14

Happy Sunday! Here are this week’s best Social Media offerings from your Elected Officials.

Florida Governor Rick Scott won the week this Selfie with Soccer great David Beckham. Also pictured Florida First Lady Ann Scott and Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera.

The Governor wasn’t the only one to get in on the Selfie Action. Here is a RT from House Speaker Will Weatherford featuring a few of Florida Legislature’s Mover and Shakers.

Florida Congresswoman and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was one of many Gators celebrating the team’s return to the Final Four last night.

Congressman John Mica is seen here dedicating a Sunrail station in Debary. The commuter rail system that runs from Volusia to Osceola county starts running in just a few weeks.

Here is Congresswoman Corrine Brown meeting with some constituents.

Here is an epic Throw Back Thursday Pic from State Representative Jason Brodeur.

Here are State Representatives Victor Torres and Linda Stewart meeting with hard workings doing work in the community.

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Here is Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer celebrating the first game for the Orlando City Lions. The Lions will be joining MLS next year.

Finally, we’ve got Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs on Guitar in this picture taken with the band “Something Special”.

We’ll have more for you next week!

Jacobs gives opening statement for reelection on local political TV

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs gave what could be considered her first television campaign appearance of her reelection bid, this past Sunday, on News 13′s Political Connections public affairs program (that show’s site here). She spoke about a number of issues that she’ll no doubt have to talk about countless times before the voters head to the polls in a few months.

She started off reviewing what got her where she was today. “I’m seeking a second term for the same reason that I sought the first term back in 2000 (for county commissioner) when I first ran.” Jacobs said and spoke about losing a battle on a road that was constructed through the middle of her neighborhood, which led to her approaching then County Mayor Linda Chapin about improving procedures. “That for me, was the turning point. That was the moment I went from being a spectator to being fully engaged. I got so excited by the fact that an individual, a plain old citizen, like me could walk in and make suggestions and change the way they did these transportation projects, for future neighborhoods”.

When asked about unfinished business Jacobs said there were a lot issues. She brought up county government being more open and transparent to citizens, as well as a youth mental health commission that was being developed to help those that needed it.

The conversation then turned to the sweeping charter change proposals, that were brought up during a county commission meeting earlier this month. Jacobs said most of the proposals had merit. She supported non-partisan races and expanding the commission to bring closer, direct representation to voters. She didn’t like the timeline which rushed voters on such important changes.

The next subject was Textgate. Jacobs brought up that the technology was new and that she produced all but one text message (tech glitch) which were exchanged between lobbyists and commissioners, during the earned sick time fight in 2012. Despite “no nefarious intent” as reported by the State Attorney, the Mayor and 4 Commissioners had to pay $500 for deleting text messages, which are considered public record. She also said that the county has implemented Text Guard, a program that captures every text and stores it on a main server.

They spoke specifically about her campaign next. Jacobs touted support for being Pro Business and financial support that she wasn’t getting before her first Mayoral run, but said her favorite support were smaller donations from individuals. They turned to outside sources interfering in local races “I think county races should be non-partisan and local”. Her opponent Former Police Chief Val Demings has had large sums of money from organizations outside of Orange County. “I think how you raise your money is important and who supports you is important to the voters” she said in closing.

There was also an unscientific poll on the Mayor’s race that was brought up at the end of her appearance (you can vote on that HERE). At the time of this post, Jacobs was beating Demings 74% to 11% but those numbers are automated and informal.

Demings is scheduled to be on the same program next week. You’ll find coverage of her appearance here.


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Your Social Media Sunday Political Round-Up for 3/23/14

Here are this week’s best social media offerings from your elected officials.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer had a special visitor to the City Beautiful. President Barack Obama spoke at Valencia College this week (story HERE). He posted this on Facebook.

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs joined the community at the Puerto Rican Parade and Festival Celebration this afternoon in Downtown Orlando. She posted this on FB.

Florida Speaker of the House Will Weatherford had a special announcement and took to Twitter. Congratulations to his family.

District 48 State Representative Victor Torres met with Planned Parenthood in Tallahassee this week.

State Representative David Santiago posted this photo on Facebook with State Senator Dorothy Hukill and Florida Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera.

Congressman Daniel Webster met with some School Children this week for a civic lesson. This was posted on FB.

Congresswoman Corrine Brown took to social media to slam Speaker of the House John Boehner and posted this on FB.

Florida Senator Bill Nelson paid tribute to former Florida Governor Reubin Askew on Twitter this week.

We end with Social Media from the President’s visit and we end with it as well. Governor Rick Scott’s words were not as friendly for the President Obama. He posted this on FB.

We’ll have more for you next week!

March Madness Challenge: Obama vs. Scott vs. Dyer vs. Jacobs vs. Torres

It’s that time of year again! It’s the FPFT March Madness Challenge and we’ve got a line-up of your elected officials and their NCAA College Basektball Brackets for 2014.

Participating this year are President Barack Obama, Florida Governor Rick Scott, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs.

Then finally, me…

Here is the President’s Bracket

Obama NCAA Bracket 2014

Final Four:

Michigan St.

Champion: Michigan St.

Here is Governor Scott’s Bracket

Rick Scott NCAA Bracket 2014

Final Four:


Champion: Florida

Here is Mayor Buddy Dyer’s bracket from FB (I tweeted his office for a whole one but didn’t get it)

Final Four:

Michigan State

Champion: Florida

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs

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Final Four:

North Carolina

Champion: Florida

Here is my bracket:

Frank Torres Orlando

Final Four

Witchita St

Champion: Florida

You’ll notice that all 3 of us Floridians picked the Gators. Unlike Scott, Dyer (who is a Gator, and Jacobs (who’s actually a Nole *Gasp*), I picked them because I actually think they can win.

In the past years I’ve done this, I usually lose to Dyer and Obama anyways.

If you’re an elected Official and want to jump in, let me know!