Cordero, Makowski seek to re­place Thomp­son in Or­ange County Dis­trict 4

Orlando Sentinel - - LOCAL & STATE - By Stephen Hu­dak

The race to re­place term-lim­ited Or­ange County Dis­trict 4 Com­mis­sioner Jen­nifer Thomp­son pits her for­mer long-time aide Su­san Makowski against po­lit­i­cal new­comer Mari­bel Gomez Cordero.

The two emerged as the top vote-get­ters from a field of five can­di­dates in the Aug. 28 pri­mary.

Con­trol­ling growth and im­prov­ing traf­fic flow are among the top is­sues in the dis­trict, where vot­ers who iden­tify as His­panic ac­count for 40 per­cent of the 143,000 reg­is­tered vot­ers, slightly out­num­ber­ing reg­is­tered vot­ers who iden­tify as white.

The dis­trict spans much of south Or­ange County, in­clud­ing Or­lando In­ter­na­tional Air­port, neigh­bor­hoods sur­round­ing the Or­ange County land­fill and the fast-grow­ing com­mu­ni­ties of Avalon Park and Lake Nona.

The win­ner of the com­mis­sion seat earns a four-year term which pays $81,000 a year. to bridge the gap by hav­ing pa­trol deputies in high growth ar­eas through­out the dis­trict.”

She said she will ad­vo­cate for more street light­ing and pedes­trian safety ini­tia­tives, es­pe­cially near school zones.

“My goal is that ev­ery neigh­bor­hood and busi­ness in Dis­trict 4 will have the op­por­tu­nity to join a neigh­bor­hood watch and help serve as the eyes and ears of our com­mu­nity so that to­gether we may make our com­mu­ni­ties safer,” Makowski said.

Though a reg­is­tered Repub­li­can, Makowski boasts en­dorse­ments in the non­par­ti­san race from prom­i­nent lo­cal Democrats, in­clud­ing for­mer Or­ange County Mayor Linda Chapin, County Com­mis­sioner Vic­to­ria Si­plin and Or­ange County Clerk of Court Tif­fany Moore Rus­sell.

Cordero has been en­dorsed by Or­lando City Com­mis­sioner Tony Or­tiz.

Makowski touted her edge in ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing for the county, which faces turnover in the mayor’s of­fice and half of the six com­mis­sions seats, and is also re­plac­ing a slew of depart­ment heads.

“As the only can­di­date with any ex­pe­ri­ence in lo­cal gov­ern­ment, I know what to do, have the re­la­tion­ships and skills to make things hap­pen and can hit the ground run­ning from day one,” she said.

Cordero, an Or­ange County res­i­dent for 20 years, has served on gov­ern­ment ad­vi­sory boards, in­clud­ing the 2016 Or­ange County Char­ter Re­view Com­mis­sion.

She has served on the Char­ter Re­view Com­mis­sion.

Makowski has raised $152,885, nearly 13 times more than Cordero, who has taken in $11,858, ac­cord­ing to cam­paign fi­nance re­ports filed through the end of Septem­ber.

As the cam­paign heads into the fi­nal stretch, Makowski has $36,178 left in her cam­paign fund while Cordero has $897 re­main­ing as of Oct. 12.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.