Randy Ross, a Marketing Professional, Activist, and Talk Show Host announced his campaign for Orlando Mayor today, and will challenge incumbent Buddy Dyer in November.
“My hope will be to give a voice to the people of Orlando. I’ve been listening and the people are not being heard. Making the City Beautiful, a great place to live, work, and play requires partnership and vision through cooperative engagement. You can’t do that by sneaking a master plan into reality. The citizens deserve an equal seat at the table. They want to be part of the process and solution” Ross said.
Ross, 49, has had an eventful year. He was arrested and pleaded guilty to the charge of making a false insurance claim about stolen furniture. As part of a plea deal he was sentenced to serve 5 years probation, 250 hours of community service, and pay $4,000 in restitution.
His show “Front Porch with Randy Ross & Friends” debuted earlier in 2015, and his Facebook Community Board the “Orange County Political Voice” continues to be an active place on-line to discuss local politics. Earlier this month, Ross changed his political affiliation from Democrat to Republican. The race for Orlando Mayor is non-partisan. In 2012, Ross ran for Orange County Clerk of Courts as a Write-in candidate.
He faces an uphill climb against Buddy Dyer, who has set his campaign kick-off for June 16th (story HERE). Dyer has the strongest fundraising base in the city with almost every major business interest and organization supporting him. He’s also coming off of a year, where the City of Orlando was ranked #1 for job creation from Forbes.
“I’m confident he’ll raise more money and be popular with many” Ross continues “My goal is to send a message to those that feel their voice isn’t being heard. I hear you and I intend on holding this Mayor accountable. He should have to campaign and defend his decisions.” In closing he adds “I’ve always been a cheerleader for the City of Orlando, but in the last few years, I feel the resident’s best interests and voices are being ignored”