“As our endorsee, we believe that Angie shares our goals to fight to strengthen public schools, improve employees’ working conditions and salaries, and work to make sure we have the tools and resources needed to ensure student success,” said Wendy Dormal, Orange County CTA President. “I have worked with Wendy and the Orange County CTA for many years on education. We have fought long and hard together to improve education and I am honored to receive their endorsement. It personally means a lot when others place confidence in my abilities to advocate for education for our children.  Angie Gallo has...

Two gubernatorial candidates running behind in the polls heading toward the Aug. 28 primaries and in need of good news, Democrat Chris King and Republican Adam Putnam, tied for first in a straw poll taken at a political mixer hosted by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Thursday night. Read the Florida Politics article by Scott Powers here. King, a hometown favorite as a Winter Park resident and local entrepreneur, and Putnam, Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner, both finished with 23.8 percent of the vote in the chamber’s straw poll on the governor’s race. Putnam, long the front-runner in the Republican primary battle for...

The REALTOR® organization recommends candidates who are sensitive to issues related to real estate, homeownership and private property rights. In addition, the association considers support of issue campaigns that address the rights of the property owners and/or improves the quality of life within our region. ORRA considers each candidate based on his or her past voting record and/or sensitivity to real estate issues. Candidates are invited to participate in a screening process by the ORRA Candidate Screening Subcommittee, which then makes candidate recommendations to the ORRA Board of Directors for final approval. Orange County Orange County Sheriff – John Mina Orange County Mayor –...

Squad cars raced into the school’s parking lot just minutes before dismissal. Hernando County deputies spread out around the campus, and classrooms went into lockdown mode. by John Romano, Time Columnist, Tampa Bay Times.  See the original article here. For about 30 minutes, even beyond the school’s final bell, teachers and students huddled in rooms while parents were forced to await word outside. Turns out, last week’s scare at the Explorer K-8 school in Spring Hill was a false alarm. Someone in a hoodie had been seen scaling a fence, but apparently was just taking a shortcut across campus. This is the aftermath of...

Local parents and some school advocates are pushing back on a proposal to move Florida into Daylight Saving Time permanently. “It’s adding fuel to the fire and endangering children’s lives unnecessarily," said Josephine Amato. Amato, a mother of three Hillsborough County students, says children walking to school already have enough to worry about. She showed ABC Action News a frequently traveled area students take to get that she believes is hazardous. “In a drainage ditch, without a crosswalk, without lights, without a 4-foot path, all the way to Newsome High School and Randall Middle School.” This year, in an effort to shave millions from the...

Published in Orlando Political Observer. See the article here. By the time qualifying ends IN THIS CROWDED ELECTION YEAR, there very well may be 20 candidates running for school board. Last month, school board member Nancy Robinson filed to run for chair and raised a modest $1,000 and loaned her campaign $5,000 to start. HOWEVER, SHE HAS A NEW Opponent IN THE RACE IN  Robert Allen Prater, who filed to run two days after Christmas. His first financial reports aren’t in yet and we’re not likely to see a full report from him until February. Over in District 1, five candidates are fighting to replace school board member Joie Cadle. Angie Gallo filed to run...