• Apopka city commissioner candidate attacks opponent's religious beliefs via Facebook


    APOPKA, Fla. - It's a Facebook fight with religion smack dab in the middle.

    Two women running for an Apopka City Commission seat are squaring off after one said the other isn't a Christian and questioned her faith in God via Facebook.

    District 2 Commissioner Marilyn McQueen ignited a firestorm of controversy when she took to Facebook this week and accused her opponent of not being a Christian.

    In several posts, McQueen called out challenger Diane Velazquez for her alleged “lack of faith and trust in God” and said in the posts that Velazquez “needs someone to bring her to Christ.”

    "That is, as far as I'm concerned, not good politics,” said Apopka mayoral candidate Greg Phillips.

    Eyewitness News political analyst Rick Foglesong agreed. 

    He said religion is integral to American politics, but religious differences should be respected and not exploited for political gain.

    "I don't think it should be part of the elective process,” Apopka resident Greg Crane said.

    WFTV reached out to McQueen for comment but she never responded.

    Apopka city elections will be held on March 11.

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