The veteran Orange County Commissioner knows the importance of doing things for the greater good.
By Jacob Engels
Like him or not, no one can deny that Ted Edwards is a straight shooter.
After August's 4-way primary election, Edwards emerged firmly in the lead, but without a 50+1% needed in order to win outright.
Shorlty after the primary, Edwards wisely courted and secured the endorsement of former opponent Gregory Eisenberg.
This move put him back in the driver's seat for his November 8th showdown with Emily Bonilla, as Eisenberg's supporters were the most likely to embrace Ted over Bonilla.
Eisenberg accounted for almost 9% of the vote and contained a significant number of Democratic voters, which takes away from Democratically aligned candidate Emily Bonilla base of support.
Our assessment of the race for Orange County Commission, District 5, and final endorsement is below.
Orange County Commission, District 5 - Ted Edwards
The veteran Commissioner deserves a tremendous amount of credit for his negotiating skills and attention to detail when it comes to his work representing District 5 residents.
Edwards, has let cooler heads prevail on several hot button issues, often leading the coalition for reason among his peers.
While we have not always agreed with his votes or assessment on issues facing the county, it is undeniable that Edwards is a true workhorse.
He faces Emily Bonilla, the former leader of Save Orange County, a radical anti-growth group.
Her knowledge of the county budget, procedures, and what it takes to work towards a solution for the greater good are lacking... to say the least.
She would have been a great fit for the Soil & Water board, where she would have been the biggest fundraiser and would have been easily elected.
Because of Mr. Edwards history of providing out of the box solutions to complex problems, District 5 residents should send him back for another term.
The East Orlando Post is honored to endorse Commissioner Ted Edwards.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org