Election Day: Meet the candidates running for Orlando’s City Council

ORLANDO, Fla. — Tuesday is Election Day for three Orlando City Council races.

Each race features an incumbent who’s drawn at least one challenger.

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District 1

Three candidates are running for the Orlando City Council District 1 seat. District 1 includes the Lake Nona area.

Incumbent Commissioner Jim Gray has been on the City Council since he was first elected in 2012. Gray is the Orlando Managing Director for CBRE, the largest commercial real estate services and investment firm in the world.

Candidate Sunshine Grund is making her third run for a seat on Orlando’s City Council. Grund lost a general election for Mayor in 2015 and was defeated again in a 2017 race for District 1 Commissioner. Grund lists community safety, education, and environmental preservation as her top priorities.

The third candidate in the District 1 race is life-long Orlando resident and former law enforcement officer Bill Moore. Moore is running on a platform of stopping “rubber-stamping madness” he attributes to inaction and apathy.

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District 3

The race for Orlando’s District 3 seat also features an incumbent facing two challengers

Robert Stuart was first elected to the District 3 seat in 2006, then again in 2010, 2014, and 2018. Born and raised in Orlando, Stuart describes himself as a problem solver with a focus on public safety initiatives. Stuart serves on the city’s finance committee.

Challenger Samuel Chambers is an Orlando Native and Valencia College graduate running as a self-described young progressive. Chambers is running on a platform headlined by plans to improve pedestrian and road safety in Orlando.

Candidate Nicolette Springer has been an assistant director of research at the Florida Mental Health Institute. Springer’s policy platform includes a focus on smart growth, pedestrian and community safety, and sustainability.

District 5

Only two candidates will face-off for Orlando’s 5th District, which encompasses parts of Downtown Orlando and the Parramore community.

Incumbent Commissioner Regina Hill has held the seat since she was elected in 2013. Hill describes herself as a champion of economic development and affordable housing in District 5.

Challenger Shaniqua “Shan” Rose is a graduate of Poinciana High School with a degree from Valencia College. She’s worked on the city’s Economic Development Department for the Downtown Development Board and Community Redevelopment Agency. Rose is running on a platform of making positive changes for the District 5 community by reducing crime and creating equitable employment opportunities.

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Early voting runs from Monday, October 25th through the 29th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It continues Saturday, October 30th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, October 31st from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Election day is November 2nd. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more Orange County election information, click here.

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