Nicolette Springer, candidate for Orange County Commission has secured the endorsement of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. Dyer, who has served as Mayor of Orlando since 2003, stated, “Nicolette Springer brings a fresh perspective and a new vision for one of the fastest growing regions in Central Florida. As a natural leader, she recognizes that those that live and work in District 4 know better than anyone, how county government should work for them, not simply how it's worked in the past. Nicolette believes in listening and learning from the true experts: the people she'll represent. You'll see her most days walking the neighborhoods, pulling her 2 young children behind her in their wagon, meeting people and letting residents know who she is.”
Dyer further added that, “As a newcomer to government, Nicolette won't be beholden to anyone that held the office before her. She'll be more than just an extension of her predecessor. Her passion to serve her community is her own! As a criminologist, mother of two young children and a resident for 13 years she knows first-hand exactly why people choose to make District 4 their home. She sees the potential for the region to be a national model for smart growth, where a thriving business community and smartly planned neighborhoods coexist with protected conservation areas and recreational spaces that serve everyone-young and old. That's what we're striving for and accomplishing here in Orlando and I think we're fortunate that Nicolette shares that vision, not just for Orlandoans in her District, but for all of Orange County as well. She is the right person at the right time! I’m proud to endorse Nicolette Springer for Orange County Commission District 4.”
Springer, a criminologist and community activist, responded to Dyer’s endorsement stating, “The City of Orlando has thrived under the leadership of Mayor Dyer. During his tenure, he has worked relentlessly to advance the prosperity of Orlando and improve the quality of life for all residents. I’m honored to have the endorsement of Mayor Dyer.”
District 4 is currently represented by Jennifer Thompson but cannot run for reelection due to term limits. The open race is being contested by five candidates including the current commissioner’s former aide, Susan Makowski. The election is August 28th however, if no one gets fifty percent of the vote plus one, there will be a runoff November 6th.