Nicolette Springer is a wife, mother, educator, and social scientist with a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from UCF. She lives in the Lake Nona area in the district that also includes Avalon Park, Waterford Lakes, and a portion of Hunter’s Creek.
“Orange County, where we live and raise our daughters, is facing enormous challenges in the coming years,” says Springer. “When our new public schools open, they are often already at capacity. The roads we drive on are crowded and congested, and even more residents are expected to move here. Most importantly, our elected leaders do not always keep the promises they make to residents.”
Springer is a criminologist with a specialty in mental health and substance abuse. The daughter of an immigrant and a truck driver, growing up and as a young adult, Springer had an active role in her parents’ small trucking business.
“After school and on weekends, my brothers and I learned about payroll, government regulations, customer service, time management, and planning for the future,” says Springer. “I know the challenges faced by small-business owners, and how local government matters.”
Springer is also an educator and a volunteer, a proud Girl Scout Leader and an advocate for children’s health. She has volunteered for the past four years with the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign, advocating about the importance of vaccinations for underrepresented children across the globe. Through the United Nations Foundation, Springer has met many extraordinary and inspiring women who have encouraged her to run for office.
“We have a need for smart development that includes safer roads for both drivers and pedestrians,” says Springer. “We live in a county of over one million people, more than double the population of Rhode Island, yet we have an outdated public transportation system with no permanent funding.”
Springer announced her run for Orange County Commission District 4 on March 3, 2017, a year and a half before the 2018 election.
“I realized that now is the time to run, win, and lead. We cannot plan for a future beyond four years if we rely on politicians to guide us,” said Springer, “We need more scientists and educators in local government.”
Nicolette is running for the open seat being vacated by Commissioner Jennifer Thompson, who is termed out. The Primary Election is August 28, 2018, with a General Election on November 6, 2018.
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