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Andrae Bailey Mayoral Bid: Why It Makes Sense

The non-profit leader and advocate against homelessness in Central Florida has a lot going for him.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Last week we previewed potential candidates that could launch a bid for Orange County Mayor in 2018.

 

Since that article, we have received a lot of positive and negative feedback about the potential candidates.

 

The non-profit leader and advocate against homelessness in Central Florida has a lot going for him.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Last week we previewed potential candidates that could launch a bid for Orange County Mayor in 2018.

 

Since that article, we have received a lot of positive and negative feedback about the potential candidates.

 

As we continue to evaluate the candidates, one name in particular has been gaining a lot of positive feedback: Andrae Bailey.

 

We detailed his previous success utilizing digital media to evangelize for his cause and even caught Justin Timberlake's eye with one of his campaigns.

 

Read about that here or watch it below.

 

 

It reached millions across several social media platforms and was republished worldwide in hundreds of publications.

 

Past Bailey's understanding of digital media, he has also learned the ins and outs of local government through his work with the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness. His most important asset however, is his ability to bring people together to solve a problem.

 

A successful problem solver is like a successful salesman, if you can master the process... what your are selling or the problem you are solving is irrelevant.

 

Mayanne Downs, the President and Managing Director of GrayRobinson acknowledged Bailey's ability to build consensus.

 

"I don't know if Andrae is considering this an option, but he is a dynamic and creative leader. He is able to build consensus and is unafraid of political risk for the right reasons - seems he'd be a natural."

 

Downs is also the City Attorney for Orlando and close ally of Buddy Dyer, who has been a cheerleader for Bailey's efforts.

 

For Mr. Bailey, who has not even acknowledged real interest in a campaign for Mayor of Orange County, Downs' kind words serve as a positive sign if he officially jumped in.

 

Bridge-building and creative problem solving is just what Orange County needs after the divisive leadership from Teresa Jacobs, who often let personal vendettas dictate public policy.

 

"I have had a first hand view of Andrae's ability to get things done. He excels at bringing people with divergent viewpoints together, distilling their common goals and getting there.

 

He has what it takes to be a leader no matter what the endeavor," State Representative Mike Miller said of Bailey.

 

If elected, would be one of the youngest ever to hold the office of Mayor in Orange County and quite possibly one of the most effective.

 

Bailey would be the most tech savvy candidate, no questions asked.

 

But... is he even interested?

 

Earlier this week, President Obama's policy leader on homelessness urged President-elect Donald Trump to consider Bailey for a top post.

 

Our sources confirm that Bailey is on the short list to become one of President Trump's top advisors on homelessness.

 

"How many Republicans can you name that have successfully addressed and shown meaningful progress on a social issue like homelessness? That makes Andrae a trailblazer."

 

That's a pretty big deal for Central Florida and for Mr. Bailey.

 

Whether he lands on running for Mayor or is sent up to DC to solve homelessness nationwide, Bailey's stock is on the rise.

 

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. His work through these publications has been showcased in hundreds of publications and news outlets in the state of Florida, the United States, and around the globe. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at info@eastorlandopost.com

 

 

"Queen of Versailles" For Governor Of Florida... It Could Happen

Jacqueline Siegel, wife to timeshare mogul David Siegel, could be the Republican answer to Democrat attorney John Morgan.

 

UPDATE: Jacqueline Siegel shared our article on her Facebook page and said it was "an idea worth consideration."

 

By Jacob Engels

 

With super attorney John Morgan making another clever play for earned media, many in Republican circles have been left wondering... what is our counter?

 

Jacqueline Siegel, wife to timeshare mogul David Siegel, could be the Republican answer to Democrat attorney John Morgan.

 

UPDATE: Jacqueline Siegel shared our article on her Facebook page and said it was "an idea worth consideration."

 

By Jacob Engels

 

With super attorney John Morgan making another clever play for earned media, many in Republican circles have been left wondering... what is our counter?

 

Now, we're not talking about someone with elected experience, but someone with immense wealth and the ability to grab headlines.

 

If Morgan is not head faking us like Donald Trump did several times before capturing the GOP nomination and winning the Presidency, he should not be taken lightly.

 

John Morgan is great with people, can churn out front page stories on the daily, and has politicking experience to match his checkbook.

 

And that's where Jacqueline Siegel comes in.

 

Now this might be my most far out prediction in a while. But in the era of Trump, Jacqueline Siegel is a serious contender, just as John Morgan is.

 

She became famous worldwide as the star of the documentary "The Queen of Versailles", and is of course married to Westgate CEO David Siegel.

 

Mrs. Siegel is active throughout the state with the Westgate Foundation and runs a discount thrift/resell store in West Orange County.

 

Plus, she and her husband are close personal friends of President-elect Donald J. Trump.

 

Jacqueline even dated The Donald before marrying David Siegel.

 

While some see her as nothing more than a socialite, she has a knack for self-promotion and a big heart.

 

The GOP had thought at one point to recruit her for a U.S. Senate run before Marco Rubio got back in the race, but it was not the right move.

 

A computer engineer by trade, she was one of the first female employees at IBM before she became a model.

 

Her campaign would be focused on addressing the drug epidemic in Florida, working to solve homelessness... tackling tough issues like Bright Futures funding and preserving our environment.

 

The Siegels lost their daughter Victoria last year to an overdose, and have spent their time since raising money for Victoria's Voice, a foundation dedicated to fighting drug abuse and addiction.

 

Mrs. Siegel would be a self-funder and benefits from a strong standing within the LGBT community, a mark of New Age Republicans.

 

She could be the first of many close friends to President-elect Trump to test the model on a statewide platform and she could win.

 

Frankly, she just might be the only Republican in Florida who could match John Morgan in the press and with her checkbook.

 

Jacqueline Siegel for Governor... time to #MakeFloridaGlamorousAgain!

 

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. His work through these publications has been showcased in hundreds of publications and news outlets in the state of Florida, the United States, and around the globe. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at info@eastorlandopost.com

 

 

Memo To New SA Aramis Ayala: Review The Scott Batterson Case

Mr. Batterson's conviction represents the worsts elements of Jeff Ashton's reign as State Attorney.

 

UPDATE: Batterson has been taken into custody, but a sentencing hearing is expected before 2017.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Orange and Osceola Democrat primary voters rejected the divisive and amoral leadership of sexual pervert State Attorney Jeff Ashton by throwing him from office by a vote of 57- 43% this August.

 

In so doing, they closed an ugly chapter on an ugly man in an important role.

 

Mr. Batterson's conviction represents the worsts elements of Jeff Ashton's reign as State Attorney.

 

UPDATE: Batterson has been taken into custody, but a sentencing hearing is expected before 2017.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Orange and Osceola Democrat primary voters rejected the divisive and amoral leadership of sexual pervert State Attorney Jeff Ashton by throwing him from office by a vote of 57- 43% this August.

 

In so doing, they closed an ugly chapter on an ugly man in an important role.

 

Newly elected State Attorney Aramis Ayala's first job must be to determine who has been hurt most by this vile man and to make those things right. This must be her first and only priority until the office is able to re-calibrate under her fresh and new perspective.

 

The East Orlando Post has been openly critical of Ashton for some time now.

 

We remember the words of former US Attorney General Robert H. Jackson, who on April 1st, 1940, famously said the following in a speech to fellow prosecutors:

 

"The prosecutor has more control over life, liberty, and reputation than any other person in America. His discretion is tremendous.

 

He can have citizens investigated and, if he is that kind of person, he can have this done to the tune of public statements and veiled or unveiled intimations.

 

Or the prosecutor may choose a more subtle course and simply have a citizen’s friends interviewed.

 

The prosecutor can order arrests, present cases to the grand jury in secret session, and on the basis of his one-sided presentation of the facts, can cause the citizen to be indicted and held for trial.

 

He may dismiss the case before trial, in which case the defense never has a chance to be heard.

 

Or he may go on with a public trial. If he obtains a conviction, the prosecutor can still make recommendations as to sentence, as to whether the prisoner should get probation or a suspended sentence, and after he is put away, as to whether he is a fit subject for parole.

 

While the prosecutor at his best is one of the most beneficent forces in our society, when he acts from malice or other base motives, he is one of the worst."

 

Jeff Ashton was unquestionably the worst prosecutor we have seen in this area. From overcharging and losing a layup conviction with Casey Anthony as Assistant State Attorney to a prolonged pattern of personal, political abuses.

 

Thank the Gods the voters agreed.

 

No abuse stands out more than the case of Richard "Scott" Batterson, who, but for a miracle, will have to tender himself to the state of Florida to begin serving an unconscionable 7.5 year prison sentence as early as Friday of this week.

 

State Attorney Ayala should start with this case when understanding the abuses of the Ashton office.

 

Ashton, himself, likely has this on his mind, because his office reached out to Batterson's attorneys to demand he show up at the jail and turn himself in without a Judge’s order.

 

In the words of Batterson’s bail bondsman who has served in that role for over 30 years, he has "never once had a state attorney’s staff call him with a request to go get his prisoner immediately and bring him in”.

 

Jeff Ashton wants Scott Batterson to go in before he leaves the office, and Ayala would be wise to wonder why.

 

Here's what we know:

 

Ashton released a memo from TextGate, the scandal that emerged from the Orange County commission working around the “paid-time- off scandal”.

 

In that report, he stated that a private citizen working a commission, even if he shared the thoughts of other voting members, had not violated the Sunshine Law.

 

Then, he made history by charging former State Representative Chris Dorworth with violating the Sunshine Law, making him the first and only private citizen in the 39 year history of the law to be charged with the crime.

 

The court and appellate court both agreed this was ludicrous, dismissing the charges in saying that Dorworth's constitutionally given rights.

 

Jeff Ashton threatened Expressway Board Member Marco Pena with a felony destruction of evidence charge, even though there was no evidence he destroyed any evidence.

 

Marco was told to plead guilty to the misdemeanor Sunshine Law charge or be charged with felony destruction of evidence.

 

Marco Pena pled guilty to the misdemeanor charge.

 

Give Pena a call, Ms. Ayala, and determine whether he believed he committed a misdemeanor or whether the threat of unfair felony prosecution forced his hand.

 

Jeff Ashton then charged Rebekah Hammond, Dorworth's then girlfriend (and now wife) with a misdemeanor charge and then dropped that charge after she had been threatened by Ashton’s office and attacked in the press.

 

State Attorney Ayala, ask Rebekah if she was threatened with felony charges if she didn't change her story.

 

This theme reaches a pinnacle in Batterson’s case with the prosecution's star witness, Mark Callahan, even admitting in court that he had lied.

 

Yes, you read that right, the only witness to Batterson's charge admitted in court that he wasn't truthful, but that didn't matter because Ashton wanted Batterson.

 

State Attorney Ayala, bring Callahan in and ask him if he was threatened or pressured to fulfill an untrue narrative or face criminal charges himself.

 

The investigators did not transcribe or record Callahan's second interview with state prosecutors, and speculation on all sides is that Callahan was threatened with felony prosecution.

 

State Attorney Ayala, you have the power to understand the abuses of your predecessor.

 

After Batterson was convicted, Ashton's office suggested the 38 year-old father of 2, a 3rd generation Central Floridian of no particular substantial wealth employed as a civil engineer, was a flight risk.

 

State Attorney Ayala, ask Batterson if he was told that Ashton's office would not object to any pending bail bond if he plead guilty to a Sunshine Law violation.

 

The jury handed down two felony convictions against Batterson, but Judge Jennifer Davis dismissed one because she found it put Batterson in "double jeopardy."

 

According to a Batterson court filing to reduce his sentence, the scoring sentencing memorandum guidelines of record reflect two felony convictions, not one, a reason in and of itself to grant a re-hearing.

 

This led to a sentence four and a half times greater than the minimum guidelines for a first time offender.

 

Jeff Ashton and his henchman Rick Walsh have an obligation to make sure the people they prosecute were treated fairly.

 

They abandoned all pretense of following their obligations in this case.

 

You will find that your predecessor was a reckless and abusive tyrant who, between seeking bisexual extramarital affairs on Adult Friend Finder and Ashley Madison, was hell bent on exacting revenge against some good people with no intent other than the greater good of our community.

 

You will find two admissions of guilt extracted at legal gunpoint, and most importantly, you will find a family destroyed.

 

State Attorney Ayala, you will likely spend your whole first term investigating and understanding why your predecessor did certain things.

 

I predict that you will conclude that he was a corrupt man doing corrupt things.

 

Start with the Batterson case.

 

Have a conversation with those affected, and stop a good man from spending SEVEN AND A HALF YEARS in prison for committing a crime that gave him no benefit.

 

This case had no witnesses but for a man, Mark Callahan, who admitted to lying in court and who likely only testified because he was afraid he would face prison time if he didn't play the game with Jeff Ashton.

 

We are proud to have supported you and we are thrilled that you won.

 

We hope that, as Attorney General Jackson said, that you will be one of the most beneficent forces in our our society, having replaced one of the worst.

 

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. His work through these publications has been showcased in hundreds of publications and news outlets in the state of Florida, the United States, and around the globe. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at info@eastorlandopost.com

 

 

Stop Slacking: Get To Vespr In Waterford Lakes

The holidays are fast approaching and time is going to be our most scarce resource.

 

By Bridgette Bayley

 

Instead of waiting in long lines for mediocre brews, why not try something new?

 

Vespr Coffeebar at Waterford Lakes is worth checking out!

 

Still in it's early years and in competition with several nearby Starbucks, it is hands down the better choice.

 

Whether you have to grab-and-go, or have time to sit and relax, put Vespr on your to-do list.

 

The holidays are fast approaching and time is going to be our most scarce resource.

 

By Bridgette Bayley

 

Instead of waiting in long lines for mediocre brews, why not try something new?

 

Vespr Coffeebar at Waterford Lakes is worth checking out!

 

Still in it's early years and in competition with several nearby Starbucks, it is hands down the better choice.

 

Whether you have to grab-and-go, or have time to sit and relax, put Vespr on your to-do list.

 

Vespr serves an assortment of craft coffee, organic loose leaf tea, craft beer and wine.

 

There's something there for everyone all day long. If you're sitting down to relax, get a cappuccino.

 

If you're on the move and in need of some real caffeine fuel, get the cold brew.

 

When you come inside, don't be shy.

 

There are things to see, so walk around! Take a look in the back at the chalk boards.

 

I love to see what fun messages were left behind or even join the fun, and leave my own playful quote or cartoon.

 

All of your favorite hipster hits are playing on the speaker at just the right volume to keep you entertained, but not distract you from your work.

 

The atmosphere is fun and inviting, complete with a talented staff.

 

Vespr takes the coffeecake!

 

Bridgette Bayley is an East Orlando resident and grew up in the Central Florida area.

 

 

Florida GOP Chair To Replace Reince Priebus?

Blaise Ingoglia was the most active state party Chairman in the nation for Team Trump. UPDATE: Trump Names Priebus Chief of Staff, Ingoglia stock rises.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

As goes Florida, so goes the nation.

 

President Trump's bold and commanding message was bolstered in Florida by a state party that was firmly behind his movement.

 

Unlike other states where divisions from Bushies and Cruz supporters left the GOP nominee to fend for himself, Florida GOP Chairman Blaise Ingoglia was quick to unify Republicans.

Blaise Ingoglia was the most active state party Chairman in the nation for Team Trump. UPDATE: Trump Names Priebus Chief of Staff, Ingoglia stock rises.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

As goes Florida, so goes the nation.

 

President Trump's bold and commanding message was bolstered in Florida by a state party that was firmly behind his movement.

 

Unlike other states where divisions from Bushies and Cruz supporters left the GOP nominee to fend for himself, Florida GOP Chairman Blaise Ingoglia was quick to unify Republicans.

 

Carefully navigating in between the energetic newcomers motivated by Trump's no holds barred approach and veteran players, Ingoglia did what few others could.

 

He united Florida Republicans for Donald Trump.

 

Focusing heavily on social media and earned media hits on major news networks, Mr. Ingoglia quickly became Trump's most valuable asset in the Southeast and beyond.

 

Ingoglia's success as a Trump surrogate and delivering Florida are a direct result of his out of the box thinking and ability to work without the support of many establishment leaders.

 

Sound familiar?

 

Ingoglia and Trump have many similarities that could prove key to the Florida GOP Chairman replacing RNC Chair Reince Priebus if Mr. Priebus were to step down or accept a job in a Trump administration.

 

Even though Governor Rick Scott and leaders in the Florida Senate leaders had cut off money to the state party after Ingoglia's surprise election as Chairman, he kept focused on turning out Republican voters.

 

One of Ingoglia's greatest strengths is his understanding of how to use social media and willingness to explore alternative methods of attracting new voters to the Republican Party.

 

Moonlighting as a State Representative from the Tampa Bay, Ingoglia also has a legislative background that would serve him well if he were to become RNC Chair.

 

Trump campaign operatives across the state have just started floating his name and it's unknown if he would be interested in the spot.

 

A source close to Ingoglia confided that the Florida GOP Chair is flattered his name has been mentioned, but is focused on building the success the party saw in 2016.

 

"He feels like there is much to be done in Florida to make sure the state goes red for Trump again in 2020. It's hard to trade the Sunshine State for a job up north, even if it means leading the RNC."

 

With an Ingoglia campaign for RNC Chairman on the table, some are also speculating about who would run to replace him.

 

Newly elected State Representative Joe Gruters, one of Trump's top organizers in Florida would be the natural choice.

 

From his days as Chairman of the Sarasota GOP, Gruters has been close to Trump and awarded him at annual fundraising dinners.

 

He would be someone Trump could trust to keep the Bushies from undermining the President-Elect, but also has relationships with key donors that would help him make sure the GOP is financially sound.

 

Gruters is an accountant by trade, a major benefit that cannot go unnoticed.

 

Other contenders include former State GOP Vice Chair Debbie Cox-Roush, who had a visible role organizing the RNC this past summer.

 

Orange County GOP Chairman Lew Oliver, an institution in Republican politics, is being discussed as a candidate for Vice Chairman to the State GOP.

 

Oliver would help broaden Trump's reach with traditional party insiders, which is very important in helping Trump secure re-election in 2018.

 

We are only a few days into the Trump era and we will no doubt learn something new each day.

 

Enter Blaise Ingoglia, a loyal and effective advocate for President Donald J. Trump.

 

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. His work through these publications has been showcased in hundreds of publications and news outlets in the state of Florida, the United States, and around the globe. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at info@eastorlandopost.com

 

 

Trump's Best Choice For AG Is Hillary's Worst Nightmare

Popular Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is quickly becoming a leading contender for Attorney General of the United States under Trump.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Hillary Clinton has suffered an embarrassing defeat, but she might not find much time to rest as Trump nears his inauguration in January of 2017.

 

Less than 24 hours after the polls closed, Florida's Attorney General and top Trump booster was being considered for a spot in his administration, according to the Miami Herald.

 

Popular Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is quickly becoming a leading contender for Attorney General of the United States under Trump.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Hillary Clinton has suffered an embarrassing defeat, but she might not find much time to rest as Trump nears his inauguration in January of 2017.

 

Less than 24 hours after the polls closed, Florida's Attorney General and top Trump booster was being considered for a spot in his administration, according to the Miami Herald.

 

This is a huge problem for the Clinton family and their allies. An outsider and political newcomer, Bondi stormed her way to become Florida's Attorney General, riding a populist boom much like Trump.

 

As Attorney General, Bondi has dismantled hundreds of pill mills with surgical precision.

 

Bondi has also worked to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic. During the 2016 election, she emerged as a top surrogate and supporter of the Manhattan businessman, passionately spreading his message.

 

Most agree that Bondi is in contention for a spot in the Trump presidency, but Chris Christie is also working hard to secure a place as well.

 

Christie almost certainly wants to be Attorney General, but the "Bridgegate" baggage would make a confirmation highly unlikely.

 

That's where Bondi comes in.

 

Bondi's problems lie with a donation from Donald J. Trump Foundation that went to a PAC supporting her campaign, but Trump has since refunded the money to the foundation.

 

Her chances would be much greater than Christie's. As always though, confirmations can be unpredictable.

 

There is no chance that even the best candidate has a 100% chance of being confirmed.

 

Our intel suggests that Christie is would be a more logical choice for White House Counsel, a Presidential appointment that does not need confirmation.

 

In this role, Christie could continue as a top Trump lieutenant... without a tough confirmation.

 

And that creates the opening for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

 

Bondi's history of cracking down on Florida's drug problems mirror Trump's repeated focus on promising to end the heroin and opioid epidemic across the U.S.

 

Orlando resident David Siegel, CEO of Westgate Resorts, who lost his daughter to an accidental overdose, is a close friend of Trump and would likely be a major advocate for Bondi.

 

Ms. Bondi could also help President Trump demonstrate he is committed to lifting female leaders up, working to repair his shaky standing with the female electorate.

 

Probably and most importantly, Bondi would be the perfect Attorney General to prosecute the political corruption exhibited by the Clinton machine.

 

Who better than the media savvy Bondi, a rising leader in the Republican Party, to hold the Clintons' accountable once and for all?

 

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. His work through these publications has been showcased in hundreds of publications and news outlets in the state of Florida, the United States, and around the globe. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at info@eastorlandopost.com

 

 

2018 Race For Orange County Mayor Already Developing

Political circles are already buzzing about these potential candidates.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Politics never rests.

 

With Ted Edwards losing out on another term on the County Commission, local politicos are already buzzing about the Mayoral race and other commission seats.

 

Edwards was long considered a leading contender, so his loss shakes things up tremendously.

 

He could and should take a shot at Mayor, but we'll focus on that in a separate article later in the week.

 

Political circles are already buzzing about these potential candidates.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Politics never rests.

 

With Ted Edwards losing out on another term on the County Commission, local politicos are already buzzing about the Mayoral race and other commission seats.

 

Edwards was long considered a leading contender, so his loss shakes things up tremendously.

 

He could and should take a shot at Mayor, but we'll focus on that in a separate article later in the week.

 

Below is our breakdown of where the race for Orange County Mayor currently stands. On Friday we will focus on the County Commission.

 

Orange County Mayor --

 

With Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs' second and final term ending in 2018, people have been talking for years about who will make an attempt at becoming Mayor.

 

We actually did an article on this very subject two years ago, but so much has changed.

 

In today's political landscape, some of the top contenders from our 2014 list remain interested in the spot, a few are new.

 

Our breakdown...

 

The Return of John Mica...

 

Photo by cmovisual.com, part of the upcoming Insight 100: Central Florida's Most Powerful.

 

Central Florida institution John Mica may have not secured another term doing the people's work in Congress, but what about Mayor of Orange County?

 

Mica's deep connections would make him on of the most effective leaders Orange County residents have seen in the Mayor's office in decades.

 

Many leaders in the local Republican and Democratic leadership are quietly preparing to support a Mica bid for Orange County Mayor.

 

He would have the bi-partisan appeal needed to win, could still leverage his federal connections, and continue supporting his vision for SunRail and the MCO expansion.

 

Mr. Mica has spent over two decades serving us in DC and this would be a great homecoming for him.

 

Could you imagine the progress we would make if Mica was holding the gavel at Orange County Commission meetings?

 

It. Would. Be. Legendary.

 

That is if John Mica does not land a post in a Trump administration, with an Ambassadorship or a high-level position in the Manhattan businessman's inner-circle.

 

Commissioner Pete Clarke for Mayor?

 

Photo by cmovisual.com, part of the upcoming Insight 100: Central Florida's Most Powerful.

 

Under the radar and down to earth.

 

Clarke, who was elected to the Commission in 2010 after a narrow victory, has quickly become well known for his work ethic and honest approach.

 

Some have suggested Clarke might run for Tax Collector if Scott Randolph tries to run for Mayor (more on that this Friday), though we think a Mayoral run for Clarke is more likely.

 

Mr. Clarke has embraced Pro-LGBT protections and kept a watchful eye on our tax dollars. One of his most important accomplishments has been securing funding for human trafficking victims and ordinances geared towards raising awareness.

 

Clarke's style relies on hard work and a team effort. He is not about glitzy media grabs, far different than his other potential competitors.

 

Several political operatives we have spoken to said Clarke has improved his fundraising skills and they remain confident he can appeal to Orange County's Republican and Democratic voters.

 

"Pete is a dollars-and-cents type of guy. He is a loving husband, community leader, and forward thinking Republican."

 

Rick Singh Climbs The Political Ladder?

 

Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh.

 

After surviving a brutal assault of negative attacks from shadowy PAC's, Singh delivered a commanding victory over his opponent Edward DeAguilera Tuesday night.

 

Singh had no prior political experience before being elected to his first term, and defeated longtime Orange County Property Appraiser Bill Donegan.

 

Now that he is entering his second term, Singh must build on the success of his first term.

 

Orange County is rated the Best In The State in 4/5 of the rating categories during his first term, an impressive accomplishment.

 

In order for Singh to become a serious contender, he must make sure to share his background as a veteran of our armed forces and rising from nothing to become a successful businessman.

 

His story is the story of thousands of Orange County residents and millions of Americans. That will help address some of the negative and patently false misconceptions lingering from his re-election bid.

 

But all of this only matters if Singh actually wants the job. It makes sense politically, but we hear he wants to continue improving the Property Appraiser's office, an honorable choice.

 

GOP's Worst Choice Wants It Bad

 

Outgoing District 4 Commissioner Jennifer Thompson.

 

Scandal ridden final term Orange County Commissioner Jennifer Thompson desperately wants to be relevant.

 

After being caught illegally communicating with lobbyists before an important vote, Thompson was found guilty of violating Sunshine Laws.

 

Despite this, she did not have a serious Democratic opponent and cruised into her second term. As far as accomplishments go, Thompson does not have much to tout in a potential Mayoral run.

 

She famously bungled the most recent roadway improvements in East Orange County, resulting in the projects being behind schedule and over-budget.

 

After submitting a rambling and odd assessment of additional development in East Orange County, many have wondered if she could handle the complex responsibilities of being Mayor.

 

Thompson has a big ego, short temper, and is about half as bright as Teresa Jacobs.

 

She wants it, but she is the worst candidate the GOP could put forward.

 

Unfortunately, we hear she is already conferring with donors.... **SIGH**.

 

Wildcard Candidate Who Could Change It All

 

Non-Profit leader Andrae Bailey, photo credit (Orlando Sentinel).

 

Andrae Bailey for Mayor of Orange County. The successful leader of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness is set to move on from the group at the end of this year.

 

This opens up a significant amount of free-time for Bailey, a non-profit rainmaker whose fight to end homelessness in Central Florida is legendary.

 

Could it mean politics for Andrae Bailey? We think so.

 

He has several projects in formation and has promised to take his successful blueprint statewide, but we believe he could be a great Mayor.

 

While he has not ever held elected office, Bailey's understanding of digital media and public relations experience would make him a deadly effective campaigner.

 

His time in the non-profit world have allowed him build considerable name ID and to be named Central Floridian of the Year by the Orlando Sentinel.

 

However, Mr. Bailey's most important asset is being able to forge partnerships. Whether it is fundraising for a cause, or bringing both political parties together... Bailey has the insight to push through the BS and reach a solution.

 

His campaign would feature power-players from the operatives behind Democrat Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and GOP State Representative Mike Miller.

 

His ad supporting Mike Miller's re-election campaign, which garnered over 100,000 views, shows us what he is capable of in campaign mode.

 

If he decided to run, Mr. Bailey would be the most technologically/media savvy candidate to campaign for Orange County Mayor... ever.

 

When reached by text message, Bailey sent back "#PoliticsSucks".

 

Gary Bruhn Finally Makes The Jump

 

Mayor of Windermere Gary Bruhn. Photo credit (West Orange Observer.)

 

The longtime Mayor of Windermere might seem like a long-shot candidate, but the fact that most don't expect him to run leaves the option for a sneak attack.

 

Bruhn enjoys a near perfect approval rating and served as a top-exec at Lockheed Martin for years before becoming Mayor.

 

His proximity and close relationship within the wealthy enclave would allow him to secure a lot of seed money to start laying the groundwork for a mayoral run.

 

Bruhn's record as Mayor of Windermere reflects his ability to improve people's lives through focusing on the small things.

 

Traffic lights, cleanliness, peaceful police presence, and encouraging local non-profits have been cornerstones of his time in office.

 

In a time where everyone is rooted in partisan skirmishes on the public dime, Bruhn would bring a community focused approach to the Mayor's office.

 

Scott Randolph...But Does He Really Want It?

 

Orange County Tax Collector Scott Randolph.

 

The former State Representative and current Orange County Tax Collector has surprised even the most conservative of residents with his budget cutting and efficiency push.

 

From modernizing the office to saving taxpayers millions annually, Scott Randolph has a compelling story for Orange County residents.

 

But constitutional officers usually hold on to their positions for at least two terms minimum, before retiring or running for another office.

 

Throughout his first term, Randolph has revolutionized the way the Tax Collector's office does business and built several new offices.

 

Customers are happy, wait times a way down, and Randolph has become one of the most well known elected officials in the area.

 

If Randolph decides to run, it will be because no other credible candidates will have come forward and he will feel a responsibility to give Orange County residents a real option.

 

Dean Asher? Very Real Possibility.

 

Dean Asher: former State Senate candidate, GOAA Board Member, influential realtor/businessman.

 

The name ID Asher received from his well-funded and aggressive State Senate campaign could be an important investment in his political future.

 

Though he lost to Linda Stewart in the State Senate District 13 race, Mr. Asher is a new age Republican who would be able to earn support from local Democratic heavyweights.

 

The real question is if Asher will want to sacrifice more time to a grueling campaign while his small business experiences tremendous growth.

 

He poured his heart into his campaign for State Senate, so we know he has the fire in the belly and he will need it if he decides to run.

 

We are expecting at least 8 people to fight for the spot.

 

Asher's experience in leadership roles with the Florida Realtors and at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority have prepared him for public office.

 

His ability to raise the big bucks make him an instant front-runner, though we will have to wait and see if he wants to dive right back into campaign mode.

 

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We will share what we are hearing about the Orange County Commission races in the coming days.

 

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. His work through these publications has been showcased in hundreds of publications and news outlets in the state of Florida, the United States, and around the globe. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at info@eastorlandopost.com

 

 

State Senate 13: Dean Asher Over Retread Linda Stewart

Businessman and longtime Orange County resident Dean Asher would achieve great results for the district.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Today is the last day of early voting and Tuesday is Election Day.

 

One of our final endorsements for this cycle is also one of the most important for East Orange County. Businessman and community leader Dean Asher has taken voters seriously by running a well-funded, grassroots based effort.

 

Businessman and longtime Orange County resident Dean Asher would achieve great results for the district.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Today is the last day of early voting and Tuesday is Election Day.

 

One of our final endorsements for this cycle is also one of the most important for East Orange County. Businessman and community leader Dean Asher has taken voters seriously by running a well-funded, grassroots based effort.

 

His opponent, career politician Linda Stewart has not shown signs of life since winning the Democratic primary in August.

 

Telling major donors and party leaders that she "doesn't need to campaign" has upset several heavyweights.

 

In contrast, Asher has been running like he is 30 points behind from the start. Door knocking, community events, forums, his schedule has been packed.

 

Aggressive campaigners nine times out of ten make superb legislators.

 

The fight they engage in to win that responsibility creates great respect for the office and serving citizens.

 

Whomever wins will follow outgoing State Senate President Andy Gardiner.

 

This means that we need someone with the gravitas, heft, and respect in the Capitol to secure the necessary attention for our area.

 

Linda Stewart had an abysmal one term in the state house and provides no noticeable changes to suggest that she wouldn't fail us in the Senate.

 

In Asher, District 13 residents have someone who will actually get things done.

 

With Stewart, a politician who thinks they are own the district just because of their political affiliation.

 

The East Orlando Post endorses Dean Asher for State Senate, District 13.

 

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. His work through these publications has been showcased in hundreds of publications and news outlets in the state of Florida, the United States, and around the globe. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at info@eastorlandopost.com

 

 

Billionaire Clinton Financier Brings Dirty Tricks To Orange County

Liberal Democrat George Soros has launched an assault on local Orange County Commissioner Ted Edwards.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

The man who funded violent Black Lives Matter protests and demonstrations is bringing his brand of politics to Central Florida once again.

 

Liberal Democrat George Soros has launched an assault on local Orange County Commissioner Ted Edwards.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

The man who funded violent Black Lives Matter protests and demonstrations is bringing his brand of politics to Central Florida once again.

 

George Soros, who defeated disgraced State Attorney Jeff Ashton by pumping spending more than $1million for his opponent, has now turned his sights on District 5 Commissioner Ted Edwards.

 

Mr. Soros is also a major backer of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee who is under investigation by the FBI.

 

Through a political committee called United for Progress, Soros is attacking Edwards and supporting his opponent Emily Bonilla.

 

Ms. Bonilla was ousted as the leader of a radical anti-growth group before she advanced from the primary to the general election against Edwards.

 

The mailer slammed Commissioner Edwards with dangerous innuendo and unsubstantiated facts.

 

While we can admit that Central Florida appreciated Soros' efforts in sending Jeff Ashton back to private practice, he has abandoned facts in his attacks on Edwards.

 

Secondarily, Emily Bonilla is not educated on the county budget and has demonstrated an understanding of her duties if she were to be elected.

 

I think we can all agree that if an outside group is going to spend money in local politics, they should respect us enough to root their messaging in facts.

 

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. His work through these publications has been showcased in hundreds of publications and news outlets in the state of Florida, the United States, and around the globe. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at info@eastorlandopost.com

 

 

DeAguilera Has Reckless Driving Arrest, Padded Education History

The candidate for Orange County Property Appraiser said he "had to go to the bathroom" when stopped by police.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Edward DeAguilera is running to replace incumbent first-term Property Appraiser Rick Singh in Orange County.

 

Singh, who toppled a longtime career politician in 2012, has been praised for his handling of the office budget and maintaining independence from the Orange County Mayor's office.

 

The candidate for Orange County Property Appraiser said he "had to go to the bathroom" when stopped by police.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Edward DeAguilera is running to replace incumbent first-term Property Appraiser Rick Singh in Orange County.

 

Singh, who toppled a longtime career politician in 2012, has been praised for his handling of the office budget and maintaining independence from the Orange County Mayor's office.

 

With just days until the election, the East Orlando Post has uncovered a reckless driving arrest in Edward DeAguilera's past.

 

We have also determined that the two-time failed candidate padded his educational resume.

 

Mr. DeAguilera has served on the Charter Review Commission, and by my account is a stand-up guy.

 

However, this incident that occurred in 1995, leaves a few questions.

 

He alluded to the incident in a candidate interview when he was challenging incumbent Senator Geraldine Thompson.

 

The Florida Highway Patrolman who stopped a 21-year old DeAguilera, described the candidate as swerving in and out of multiple lanes and causing several cars to swerve in order to avoid collisions.

 

He also observed that the DeAguilera crossed the traffic lines on two separate occasions.

 

I know what most of you are thinking... we have all had an incident like this where we were probably texting, distracted, etc.

 

And that is a true statement.

 

But the excuse Mr. DeAguilera gave was one for the record books, a true gem.

 

According to the report, he told the officer that he was driving erratically because of his need to find a restroom.

 

I usually at least to try to admit some guilt when pulled over and try not to disrespect law enforcement with the usual "not my fault" approach.

 

Police would later find out that his license was suspended and he was taken into custody.

 

It is not known if he knew he was driving on a suspended license.

 

DeAguilera says the suspended license stemmed from a prior broken headlight ticket, and he was suprised to learn of the suspension during the police stop.

 

"The earlier ticket was paid and I was not aware of having to require any other steps at the time," said DeAguilera.

 

Another interesting item, a discrepancy in DeAguilera's educational background, caught our eye.

 

On campaign literature, promotional materials and interviews... and even information tied to his appointment to the Charter Review Commission, Mr. DeAguilera has been dishonest about his past.

 

Below is what he told the West Orange Observer in August of 2016 when asked about his education.

 

"University of Central Florida & Columbia College - Bachelors in Political Science."

 

However, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Verification website, which monitors and records graduates, DeAguilera never obtained a degree from UCF.

 

We then called UCF to independently verify the National Student Clearinghouse search result.

 

A recording told us that the website is used by and recommended to the public by UCF school officials to verify the truthfulness of someone's educational background.

 

The results confirmed that he did earn a bachelors degree from a satellite university called Columbia College, where classes were only offered online.

 

His focus was General Studies, with a minor in political science.

 

Now, while he did earn a degree, Mr. DeAguilera should not be implying or makings statements to have it appear he is a UCF graduate.

 

"I got a certification and AA from UCF. The material should not reflect anything more or less. Like any alums, I am a season ticket holder. Go Knights." explained DeAguilera.

 

It has been said that to determine someone's future actions, you need to look no further than their past actions.

 

*** SEE THE ARREST REPORT HERE ***

 

Edward DeAguilera Arrest Report by Jacob Engels on Scribd

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. His work through these publications has been showcased in hundreds of publications and news outlets in the state of Florida, the United States, and around the globe. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at info@eastorlandopost.com

 

 

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