Farner said her experience in the classroom gives her a unique perspective on the needs of students. She said state law doesn’t require the elected property appraiser to be a certified appraiser. Mark Van Valkenburgh, 54, is a Winter Park mediator who handles commercial, real estate and employment disputes. THE JUNE 2020 CITY OF FARGO ELECTION was just a little different than before because it’s the first time we got to use a better system to elect our commissioners.. Now, it's like giving a thumbs up or a thumbs down to each of the candidates instead of just one or two.. Because of this, approval voting is flexible: Like several candidates? See race previews, editorial endorsements and candidate interviews. Jonathan Hacker, 40, works in the hospitality industry. Burns came into office pushing to return and then successfully expand recess for children. Ricky Booth is an Osceola County School Board member and cattle rancher. Candidates may not file earlier than January 2, 2020, nor later than 4:00 p.m. on the 64th day before the June 9, 2020 regularly scheduled city election. Bruno Portigliatti, 32, is president of Florida Christian University and CEO of Excellence Senior Living from Doctor Phillips. Political Organization. Department Liaison: City Commission, Finance, Human Resources, Public Works, Police. Prior to being appointed to the bench about a year ago, he practiced in business and construction litigation. Melissa Byrd, 44, won the seat two years ago and is seeking re-election. He also cited his business background as an asset. She’s board certified in criminal trial law and is a former Florida Supreme Court certified mediator. Oscar Hotusing, 53, began his career as a prosecutor in 1994. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel). Vicki Felder, 63, is a longtime teacher who currently works at Edgewater High School. 14:20. Sam Bookhardt, 57, worked as a prosecutor before joining a large law firm where he represented hospitals, insurance companies, financial institutions, construction companies and criminal defendants. Nicole Wilson, 49, a Windermere environmental lawyer, decided to run after VanderLey voted with the narrow board majority to support the Central Florida Expressway Authority’s preferred route through Split Oak Forest to extend a toll road. She joined the Florida Bar in 2006 and practiced criminal defense in state and federal courts until 2014. Republican District 9 candidates, clockwise from upper left, Jose Castillo, William Olson, Christopher Wright, Sergio Ortiz, The 2020 Republican candidates in congressional District 10 are Vennia Francois and Willie Montague. He holds a doctorate in chemistry/biochemistry from Georgia Institute of Technology. Central Florida 2020 Voters Guide: Your guide to your ballot. Before that, he was a prosecutor for three years in the same circuit and started his own practice focused on real estate, bankruptcy, family law, criminal defense and dependency. Betsy VanderLey, 61, the incumbent seeking a second four-year term, said she wants to continue advocating for infrastructure improvements and to help plan a regional park in west Orange. She touts herself as a candidate with a “variety of legal and life experience, and most importantly, a servant’s heart.”. A political candidate in Florida has been dropped as a customer by Wells Fargo for her ties to and support of medical marijuana. The next City Election will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2020. Competition is for Losers with Peter Thiel (How to Start a Startup 2014: 5) - Duration: 50:28. He says he favors “smart growth” that protects the environment, but says he is not “anti-growth.” He criticizes the current commission, which he says does not follow the comprehensive land use plan, which sets forth how and where the county should grow. Emily Bonilla, 43, the incumbent seeking a second term, bills herself as a protector of the environment and wildlife, and a guardian against harmful development, unmanaged growth and wealthy political insiders. Singh said he did nothing wrong. Ritchell Aboah For Fargo City Commissioner, Fargo, North Dakota. A. Michael Bross, 64, went to law school after serving in the U.S. Army. Ericka Bell, 40, said she is a small business owner who decided to run because the “voices of people were not being heard.” If elected, she said she’d work to improve graduation rates, boost community involvement in schools and add more trade programs to district high schools. Since joining the Florida Bar in 1986, the attorney said he’s litigated over 10,000 civil and criminal cases, from dealing with traffic tickets to fighting to keep clients off death row. Although different municipalities have varying roles for commissioners in their cities, the main functions of the commission remain similar among them. Patricia Nave, 67, of Leesburg, worked for 37 years in education, including as Lake’s Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. If re-elected, she said she would also push for fair discipline policies and continue to hold community meetings to hear the public’s concerns. Ben Paris, 36, a Longwood city commissioner, said protecting the rural boundary is important, but helping businesses suffering from the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic is also critical. If elected, he said he’d work to address poverty-related issues in the district, including a lack of home internet access and the challenges of fully staffing schools with qualified teachers. He would work to build schools in fast-growing west Orange more quickly, eliminate portables, boost teacher morale and improve students’ academic performance. Farner wants to see Lake work to improve its graduation rate and said more vocational education will help lower the dropout rate. He said his experience on the board and background in maintenance and supply helped save money through new purchasing arrangements. She also wants to protect clean water and the environment and fully fund public education. Search: Lee Constantine, 67, the incumbent commissioner first elected in 2012, says protecting the rural boundary is one of the most important issues in Seminole County. “The rural boundary is so vital to the future and soul of Seminole County,” said the Altamonte Springs resident. She is assigned to felony criminal cases, having earlier been a general magistrate presiding over dependency and truancy cases. Information on who is currently running can be found on the Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Website. The civil engineer says that while he has no elected city government experience, he is actively involved in several local and statewide organizations. Shaffer says he wants to be an independent voice for the people of Fargo. He worked for the district in classified support roles for more than 20 years and also is pastor of the Church of God of Prophecy in Tavares. Mike Miller, 52, a former GOP state legislator, says the county’s most pressing issues are stopping the spread of COVID-19 and getting people back to work, through rapid testing, business aid and eliminating regulations. (Clockwise from top left): Deborah Barra, Belvin Perry, Ryan Williams and Monique Worrell are the four Democrats vying to replace Aramis Ayala as State Attorney in the 9th circuit that covers Orange and Osceola counties. ... Fargo City Commissioner. If elected, she’d work to improve communication between parents and teachers and the district, increase technology training and boost teacher pay and morale. Alexis Carter, 35, of Altamonte Springs, an attorney and former public defender, said he wants to repair Florida’s unemployment system and wants more scrutiny of police brutality and misconduct from a state level. She will be discussing the election and some of the hard hitting local topics. She’d also work to boost teacher pay and to make sure district hiring and promotion policies were free of bias. She touts her experience in family law as valuable to the bench. She previously worked as a juvenile probation officer and was a prosecutor for a short period before entering private practice. Large developments “wouldn’t make any sense because the infrastructure isn’t there.”. Geraldine Thompson, 71, the incumbent, previously served three terms in the state House and two terms in the state Senate representing western Orange County. Incumbent Tim Sullivan, 66, of Leesburg, is a financial professional and retired brigadier general from the Florida Army National Guard. He wants to help the economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic. She retired in June. Amy Mercado, 46, a two-term state legislator who also has served as director of operations for the National Mango Board, said she decided to challenge the incumbent to restore public trust in the office. Kristi Burns, 43, of Leesburg, was elected to the School Board in 2016 and is its current chairman. Insurance Commissioner. 160 talking about this. Rick Singh, 57, the two-term incumbent, insists that he is the only qualified candidate in the race because he is the only one with property-appraising experience. Cunningham said if elected she will work to be sure all voices are heard, including through planned regional town hall meetings. King said she is a “public servant at heart,” eager to put her energies to work for public education. 5; Here are some important dates to keep in mind: 2020 Candidate Petition Deadline: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 He reached the rank of captain with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, where he worked from 1989 until he retired. Earlier he was a prosecutor and civil litigator who touts extensive trial experience. She is a former elementary school teacher who also served a term in the Florida House. (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/Orlando Sentinel), Latest COVID vaccine updates for Central Florida: 514k statewide have received 1st shot; Orlando Health expands program; more Publix pharmacies to offer shots, Gov. Political news from Central Florida and across the state. Frank Edel Blanco, 37, is a defense attorney from Ocoee who is strongly for criminal justice reform. Fargo City Commission Candidates - 2020 - Duration: 14:20. He said he favors reforming the criminal justice system and legalizing recreational marijuana to boost revenue and tourism. He is expanding the use of body-worn cameras, something he pledged as a candidate four years ago and which his opponents say is overdue. Smith said his background as a businessman and certified building contractor will help as the county continues to grow, but said, “We have to do it smart.”. She also was an opponent of a controversial county-backed penny sales tax increase to fund road improvements. Mike Kraynick, 37, the incumbent, is assigned to the family division, presiding over domestic violence, paternity and divorce cases. Michael A. Garcia, 54, of Mount Dora is a Mount Dora police officer who has worked as a school resource officer. See the Orlando Sentinel Voters Guide for Central Florida races to be contested in the general election on Nov. 3, 2020. Kristen Arrington is in favor of changing the transportation system and how education is handled in Osceola County. 4; Mayor/Commission Seat No. Garcia said schools need more transparency to show residents where the money goes and how it is being spent. She has been an advocate in Kissimmee for many years which she claims gives her an advantage over her opponents. Russ Gibson, the incumbent, is a 35-year law enforcement veteran. The Mayor and four Commissioners are elected at large, meaning that every citizen has an opportunity to vote for each of them. Liebnitzky said he opposed a controversial deal to dump coal ash from Puerto Rico in a landfill and helped shoot down the penny sales tax proposed last year. Per the Tampa Bay Business Journal , Democratic candidate … Marc Jones, 45, runs a litigation firm with clients ranging from individuals to corporations and local governments. Blake said it is important for the county to continue to diversify its tax base and keep up with infrastructure needs. Williams wants to expand the office’s diversion program to keep more people out of the criminal justice system; train prosecutors on the consequences of pleas and convictions for immigrants; and assign attorneys to “high crime areas” where they could get to know the community and build trust. This interview of Ritchell Aboah was recorded on May 12th, 2020 in Fargo, ND as part of her 2020 run for Fargo City Commission. He served as a member, vice mayor and mayor on the Tavares City Council from 2009 to 2019. If elected, he said he would expand school choice programs, improve anti-bullying programs, boost teacher pay and make sure “aggressive sexual education” programs aren’t introduced into county schools. Mike Clelland, 56, an attorney and former state legislator, is a Lake Mary resident who advocates for keeping neighborhoods safe, protecting tax dollars from waste and fraud and ensuring natural resources are protected. He lives in Umatilla. Ricardo Rangel is strongly in favor of common sense gun laws, including a ban on assault rifles. The City of Fargo has a commission form of government. Karen Castor Dentel, 51, won the seat two years ago. He’d also push for more mental health services for students and better pay for teachers. Submit questions LIVE during the event! He was defeated for re-election in 2018. It has been edited for time. Andrew Darling, 35, has no police experience but is a U.S. Army veteran and former assistant public defender. Mayor of Fargo Dr. Tim Mahoney. Alvarez, a Republican until 2012, said he’d push the county toward diversifying its hospitality-based economy and would push tourism giants to partner with the county to build workforce housing for its low-income workers. Select a year within the table below to view a list of City Commission meetings held that year, with links to meeting … FARGO, N.D. — Brad Shaffer joins the list of candidates running for a seat on the Fargo City Commission. She supports criminal justice reforms like prosecuting fewer juveniles in adult court and wants to set up a task force to “aggressively” pursue human traffickers, as well as a political corruption unit. Jon Godfread (R)* Public Service Commissioner. J.R. Kroll, 49, of Sanford, is a real estate broker and owner of JR Kroll Realty. Responsibilities of the board are: levy taxes, appropriations, authorize bonds, set salaries, approve bills, accept bids, and approve the annual county budget, just to mention a few. There are six candidates running, including John Strand and Tony Grindberg, who are seeking re-election. (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/ Orlando Sentinel). Rhiannon Arnold, 40, is the founding partner of her law firm, which specializes in personal injury, premises liability and vehicle collisions. Zone 3 Commissioner Zone 4 Commissioner; Lisa Martin 618 South Pine Street New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 Phone: (408) 205-6842 Acknowledgment for Electronic Filing Statement of Candidate Appointment of Campaign Treasurer Candidate Petition Certification Russ … State Senate, District 16. He’s a former general counsel for the Ninth Circuit Public Defender’s Office and also has experience in the federal courts. Approve them all. Abby Sanchez, 53, is a former teacher who left the classroom when she won a seat on the board four years ago. FARGO — Fargo residents will be able to cast their mail-in ballots for as many of the six Fargo City Commission candidates as they want through the new approval voting system that will get its first test in the city election on June 9. Join us TONIGHT at 7:15pm for our Forum. Left to Right, Giovanny Quero, Roy Arenth, and Benjamin Morow, employees of the Orange County Supervisor of Elections, unload a cart with equipment to set up for early voting in the Community Room of the Winter Park Public Library, on Thursday, July 30, 2020; Early voting runs from August 3rd through the 16th, from 9am until 7pm, at 18 Orange County locations. Check back often for updates on Issues! If re-elected, she said she would push to “elevate the voices” of teachers in district decisions, encourage more social and emotional learning programs, make district budget decisions more transparent and improve racial equity. Seats Up for Election in 2020: City Commission Seat No. Perry wants to improve the retention of prosecutors, reevaluate restrictions that limit access to diversion programs and fix the relationship between the state attorney’s office and law enforcement. Voters can choose one candidate… She unsuccessfully pushed for a $1 million county contribution to open an around-the-clock crisis center for the homeless but later contributed $50,000 toward a nonprofit-operated facility. A Candidate for West Fargo Commissioner Joins The Show Jun 12, 2020 at 07:20 AM / By James McCarty Mandy George who is a West Fargo City Commissioner candidate joins The Need to Know Morning Show. William Olson, 56, of Davenport, a retired U.S. Army Sgt. Bill Moore, 49, holds a real estate license and retired in 2013 after 21 years as an officer with the Orlando Police Department. Sandy Gamble, 62, of Tavares, is the incumbent District 4 School Board member, elected in 2016. He said his experience in the Florida House has given him skills in policy making and budget setting. Wayne Culver, 51, has worked at the 18th Circuit Public Defender’s Office for more than a decade. MSUM Women's Basketball Notches Second Straight Conference Win, Moorhead Boys Hockey Begins A Season Unlike Any Other, NDSU Women's Basketball Notches Another Summit League Win, Video: Multiple fireball sightings reported in Minnesota, North Dakota, More people indicted for trafficking drugs on North Dakota Indian reservations, Essentia Health may acquire CHI in North Dakota, Minnesota, Out of this world meteor sightings dazzles northern part of the continent, Charges announced in large drug operation on Native American reservations in ND. ND House and Senate Democratic-NPL Caucus ... Science, Technology & Engineering. Dayna Gaut, 58, a former paramedic and teacher, said she decided to run because her experience in the classroom and as a parent volunteer can help the board find solutions to ongoing education problems. Jeremy Sisson, 42, CEO of Evan James and Associates, a commercial real estate brokerage in downtown Orlando, said he’s running to be a voice for businesses and would prioritize helping them receive low-interest loans and grants to safely and effectively reopen following the pandemic. She also worked for the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Department of Children and Families. He wants to fix Florida’s “train wreck” unemployment system and kickstart the state economy again as it emerges from the coronavirus-induced recession. It has been edited for time. The civil engineer says that while he … FARGO, ND (KFGO) – Fargo City Commissioner John Strand has announced his bid for re-election. Candidates and Races Candidate Tracking System. After serving eight years on the Fargo Board of Education starting in 2008, John Strand was first elected to the Fargo City Commission in 2016. He said his service as a former Kissimmee City Commission member gives him the edge over his opponents. Current City of Fargo Commissioners terms expire: June 2022 Mayor Tim Mahoney Commissioner Tony Gehrig Commissioner Dave Piepkorn June 2024 Commissioner John Strand Commissioner Arlette Preston He is finishing his third term as a county commissioner and previously was a Fruitland Park commissioner and mayor as well as a Lake County School Board member. Wendy Breeden, 70, of Leesburg, is finishing her first term on the county commission after serving as the county’s Public Resources Department director from 2009 through 2016. The terms of John Strand and Tony Grindberg both expire. He wants to hire an independent auditor to study the tax collector’s office’s revenues and expenditures over the past eight years. ”My main concern is to get the economy back on track.”. Here are some of the key Central Florida match-ups in the Aug. 18 primary, with candidates seeking congressional, legislative and county offices as well as judgeships. Tamika Lyles, 44, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, is strongly for healthcare reform. Gamble said the board needs to pay as you go for new construction needed for growth in Lake. Her 39 years in public education in Orange County, she said, gives her deep knowledge about the system that would benefit the school board. This information is updated regularly as candidates update their information. Amrita Singh, 35, specializes in real estate law and is deputy director of the real estate division for the state Department of Business & Professional Regulation. Mollie B. Cunningham, 59, of Tavares, worked 36 years as a teacher and school administrator, retiring as principal of Carver Middle School in Leesburg. He stresses safety from the pandemic, economic stability, defeating systemic racism and the environment. Scott Plakon, 61, is a Longwood resident and former business owner who has served in the House for a total of 10 years. Nave said she wants to bring her experience with student performance to improve Lake County schools and focus on students both physically and emotionally. Strand currently serves on thirteen boards and committees. Breeden said she believes Lake County needs to continue to channel its growth, following the comprehensive land use plan as much as possible, which sets forth where and how Lake should grow. He has voted against millage increases that would increase property tax bills. John Franklin, Stacy Kelly and David Zibolski have accepted invitations to the multi-day in-person interview process, with the Selection Committee conducting public interviews on August 20 in the Fargo City Commission Chambers. Blake supported the move of the statue of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith to Lake, because he said it’s “none of the County Commission’s business” telling an independent museum board what it could or could not do. Guerdy Remy, 50, of Altamonte Springs, an activist and community organizer, wants to increase the Medicaid waiver threshold amid the coronavirus pandemic and increase funding for nursing homes, the Department of Education and the public school system. On Election Day, the hours of voting are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All precincts will be open. She focuses on DUIs, drug charges and criminal traffic offenses. Rather than representing specific areas of the city, as is done in a council form of government, Commissioners represent the entire city. Belvin Perry Jr., 70, was chief judge of the circuit when he became a household name presiding over Casey Anthony’s infamous 2011 murder trial in the death of her daughter, Caylee. This election will determine the City Commissioners for Districts One, Three, and Five. Leo Valentin, 34, of Orlando, a radiology doctor, cited his medical background in saying health care, including removing government from health care decisions, is his biggest issue. He was appointed a county court judge in 2006. ... Fargo Forum WF City Commission Candidate Info. Eric McIntyre, 49, was once Eatonville’s interim police chief and remains a lieutenant for the nation’s oldest black incorporated town. This extended interview of Ritchell Aboah was recorded on May 12th, 2020 in Fargo, ND as part of her 2020 run for Fargo City Commission. Incumbent Lake County Commissioner Wendy Breeden is facing Kirby Smith in District 3 race. Todd Luce, 54, worked in law enforcement from 1985 until his retirement in 2019. The commissioners make policies regulating the functions of the many departments and see that these are carried out. Al Carlson of Fargo spent 26 years in the legislature and 10 years as Republican majority leader. Special Assessments Part 4: What I will do. 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Jim Clyburn says impeachment vote in House this week, Capitol Police were overrun, left vulnerable against rioters. He has been arrested more than a dozen times, but not convicted, and says that experience gives him a broader perspective. Alan Apte, 53, has been a circuit judge since 2002. If re-elected, he said he will continue to use technology to improve appraisal accuracy. Anjali Vaya, 44, a community advocate who owns a technology marketing company, lists as priorities restoring the economy, increasing affordable housing, improving transportation and protecting rural lifestyles. Staff writers Steven Lemongello, Everitt Rosen, Gray Rohrer, Ryan Gillespie, Stephen Hudak, Leslie Postal, Monivette Cordeiro, Grace Toohey, Martin E. Comas, Jeff Weiner and John Cutter compiled this report. Andy Farrell, 49, is a technological entrepreneur and software company starter from Hunter’s Creek. Fargo City Commissioner Candidate Forum (KVLY) Published: May. Ron DeSantis last year. TJ Nelson FARGO, N.D. — Current Fargo City Commissioner John Strand and former commissioner Arlette Preston win the two seats up for election on … Deborah Barra, 44, is Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala’s second-in-command, supervising more than 165 attorneys and managing day-to-day operations. Marco Lopez is a U.S. Navy veteran who was an Osceola County deputy for 17 years. He said his platform includes slowing growth and eliminating mobility fee credits. She advocates for fiscal responsibility and the expansion of vocational, arts and expanded advanced educational opportunities for students. “I believe government must be accountable,” she said. Mike Fisher was a member of the Sheriff’s Office for almost 30 years before retiring as a captain in 2016. He was elected in 2016 and has since boosted the number of Hispanic deputies on the force. 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