The race of the summer heated up a couple of weeks ago when Orlando City Commissioner Sam Ings voted down on an affordable housing proposal that will build more than 50 townhomes along Orange Center Boulevard. Ings, a commissioner in Orlando since the early aughts, filed to run for mayor earlier this year and says that he believes Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has been around too long.
Two members of the commission, Dyer and Ings, are running for mayor and the race is likely to get a little nasty. During the most recent city council meeting before Ings voted against the proposal, he accused the council and Dyer of showing favoritism toward the company that will handle the affordable housing units.
Once Ings was done with his remarks, Dyer told Ings to “file a complaint” if he felt so strongly about his claims.
While the two men have worked in perpetuity on several projects, it seems that partnership is quickly coming to an end.
Dyer has not spoken out against Ings and has focused on raising money for his reelection. But if Ings’ comments during the city commission meeting are a harbinger for anything, the summer should be fun.
Once debates are scheduled and Dyer and Ings are in the same room together, both are likely to talk about their records and legacy with the City of Orlando.
But Ings will have to draw a contrast between himself and Dyer, and why voters should pick him over the only mayor some residents have known.
This is, at least until 2020 when the race for State Attorney heats up, the most interesting race to watch in Central Florida.