Seminole County Commissioner race is heating up

The Seminole County Board of County Commissioner race is heating up and the field is becoming packed. Two new faces have joined the race against Bob Dallari and Lee Constantine. Coincidence or by design?

Let’s start with the District 1 race. In Seminole County, party matters. Orange County is non-partisan so everyone regardless of party affiliation face off against each other. In Seminole County District 1, the candidates were Bob Dallari (Republican) and Katrina Shadix (Democrat).

If this race was between the two candidates, the race would have been decided in November but now that Matt Morgan (Republican) has entered the race, Bob Dallari will face Matt Morgan in the primaries on August 18th and the winner will go on against Katrina Shadix in November.

You may remember that Bob Dallari voted against River Cross which if built would have broken the rural boundary in Seminole County and given a reason for the Sustany developers to re-apply in Orange County. Bob Dallari also seconded the motion by Lee Constantine voting down Chris Dorworth’s bid to swap the Econ River Wilderness Area with the River Cross land east of the Econ. Chris Dorworth has made it clear that he will do whatever it takes to develop the Hi Oaks property (aka: River Cross).

I don’t know Matt Morgan but I do know Bob Dallari has shown that he values the protection of the rural area. Would Matt Morgan do the same or is he pro-development? If I lived in Seminole County and were voting in the Republican primaries, my vote would go to Bob Dallari.

District 3 looks a lot like District 1. In this District, the candidates were Lee Constantine (Republican) and Kimberly Buchkeit (Democrat). But now, Ben Paris (Republican) has entered the race. Lee Constantine will face Ben Paris in the primaries and the winner will go on against Kim Buchheit in November.

You may remember that Lee Constantine also voted against River Cross and made the motion that ended in voting down Chris Dorworth’s bid to swap the Econ River Wilderness Area with the River Cross land east of the Econ.

I don’t know Ben Paris but I do know Lee Constantine is unwavering in his protection of the rural area and has proven himself time and time again as a champion of natural lands. Would Ben Paris do the same or would it be a vote for the developer? If I lived in Seminole County and were voting in the Republican primaries, my vote would go to Lee Constantine.

District 5 is very crowded with 5 candidates. Two Democrats, two Republicans and a Libertarian. This is Brenda Carey’s district who is not running. Brenda Carey was the sole vote opposed to throwing out the Econ River Wilderness Area swap. It is hard to understand why she voted against all other commissioners. It would be nice to know which of these candidates are friendly to the rural area and which are pro-development.

This race is extremely important as a change in commissioners could mean disaster for the rural area. If pro-development candidates are elected, one of the first person knocking on their door will be Chris Dorworth asking to eliminate the rural boundary. We just can’t let that happen.

And for those of us in Orange County, if the Hi Oaks land is developed at the density the concept plan showed for River Cross, you can rest assured the next property that will be developed will be Sustany just south in Orange County.

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