The new Seminole County Board of County Commissioners will be comprised of 3 men and two women.
Congratulations to Jay Zembower and Amy Lockhart as new commissioners.
Below are the board member to give you a glimpse of what we know about each person.
Being our neighbor to the north makes Seminole County a partner to the traffic issues faced in East Orange County. District 1 runs the entire length of District 5 in Orange County making Commissioner Dallari responsible for the traffic moving in and out of East Orange County. The roads that concern us in East Orange County are county road 419, State Road 434 (Alafaya Trail), Lockwood Boulevard and McCulloch Road. These three roads would be included in the regional traffic study if one is ever initiated in Orange County. Seminole County has already conducted a traffic study of this area and is waiting for Orange County.
Commissioner Bonilla needs to begin talks with Seminole County to come up with a plan to address the traffic concerns on these roads and especially McCulloch Road.
Your new Seminole County Board of County Commissioners:
District 1: Bob Dallari
The information below came from https://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/people/Bob-Dallari.stml.
Bob Dallari currently serves on the Seminole County Commission. Additionally, he is the 2018 Secretary/Treasurer for the MetroPlan Orlando Board representing Seminole County.
Commissioner Dallari represents Central Florida as the 2018 Past President of the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) and also serves on the Congress of Regional Leaders. Locally, Commissioner Dallari serves as the Board Secretary of the Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission/SunRail.
Commissioner Dallari is also on local boards for Habitat for Humanity, Kids House of Seminole County, Seminole County Industrial Development Authority, and Seminole County Arts Council. He’s also a member of the Oviedo Citizens in Action.
An employee of Walt Disney World, Commissioner Dallari lives in Oviedo where he served on the Oviedo City Council prior to his election to the Seminole County Board of Commissioners. Among the causes he strongly supports are: transportation; greenways & trails; sustainable growth, preservation of natural lands and wilderness areas; water conservation and safety. He is a graduate of the Rochester, N.Y., Institute of Technology (RIT).
On a personal side, Commissioner Dallari enjoys all things outdoors such as hiking and fly-fishing. He also enjoys photography and capturing outdoor natural landscapes.
District 2: Jay Zembower
The information below came from https://jayzembower.com/mission/.
Jay Zembower is a Native Floridian and a 40-year resident of Seminole county. He has owned and operated Zembower Auto Center for more than four decades and has served as a consultant for local, state and federal law enforcement, as well as law firms, fortune 500 corporations, insurance companies and major automobile manufacturers.
Although Jay has never held public office, he has served on several local boards and committees, including the Seminole County Planning and Zoning Commission, Affordable Housing Board, Seminole County Parks and Recreation Board, Lake Pickett MSBU Board, Seminole County Public School Review Board and the City of Altamonte Springs Incident Review Board. In 2004, Jay, alongside other community leaders, successfully led our community in a referendum to stop overdevelopment of our rural lands.
Jay Zembower has a clear vision to bring Seminole County into the future.
- Strong support for local law enforcement and first responders to keep our families safe.
Jay has a long history of working alongside local, state and federal law enforcement. As County Commissioner, Jay will make sure our police and emergency services have the resources, training and expertise they need to protect our community.
- Conservative fiscal leadership to keep our taxes the lowest in the region.
The County Commission has a responsibility to use every tax dollar responsibly. If elected, Jay will fight so taxes in Seminole County stay low and are used only for quality county services.
- Promote new high-quality jobs and limit local regulations on small business.
Jay is a small business owner and employer in Seminole County. He will bring his business expertise to the County Commission to promote job creation and remove burdensome regulations on local businesses.
- Encourage properly managed growth to ensure quality of life for our citizens.
In 2004, Jay helped successfully lead a community coalition to protect our rural lands from overdevelopment. While development is necessary, the future of our community relies on the responsible growth of our commercial and residential properties.
- Vigilantly preserve, protect and restore our natural resources and rural areas.
Seminole County has a unique ecosystem that needs our protection. Jay will fight for our environment, wildlife and rich natural resources, so they are preserved for future generations.
District 3: Lee Constantine
The information below came from https://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/people/Lee-Constantine.stml.
Commissioner Constantine is serving his fourth term as Chairman of the Wekiva River Basin Commission, honoring his commitment to protect the Wekiva River while building the beltway around Central Florida. He is also currently the Vice-Chairman of the Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) and on the Executive Board of 1,000 Friends of Florida. Lee Constantine is also the Chairman of the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council and the President of the Florida Regional Planning Councils.
Commissioner Lee Constantine’s passion for community service is best displayed as Founder and Chairman of Charity Challenge, Inc., established in 1987. Since its inception,
Charity Challenge has evolved from a small backyard event into the largest independent charity in Central Florida, raising over $6 million for hundreds of Florida charities. Professionally, Lee also serves as a business consultant on a wide range of issues for high level corporations and government agencies.
District 4: Amy Lockhart
The information below came from http://www.amylockhart.org/content/about-amy.
Amy Lockhart is a wife, mom, community leader, and lifelong conservative.
Currently the chairman of the Seminole County School Board, Amy is a strong proponent of choice and excellence in public education.
As chairman of the School Board, Amy has successfully fought to reduce standardized testing in schools and restore more local control. Dubbed a “Recess Hero” by advocates around the state, Amy led the cause of “free play” recess periods for all elementary school students in Seminole County. She is also passionate about ensuring students have a balanced educational experience that includes real-world internships, technical education, and workforce programs that will ensure students graduate ready to enter college or the workforce.
Appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Seminole State College District Board of Trustees in March of 2014, Amy provides a valuable relational link for the two top-rated educational entities in Seminole County. She promotes improved efficiencies for both organizations by sharing relevant best practices.
Now running for Seminole County Commission, Amy will continue to fight for our citizens. Amy’s number one priority will be public safety, which includes a commitment to ensure Seminole County never becomes a sanctuary county! Amy is committed to keeping taxes low, maintaining excellence in our schools, and ensuring Seminole remains the best place in Florida to start a business, work, and raise a family.
With a broad base of experiences, Amy has a background in marketing and sales and operated her own consulting business prior to working for the citizens of Seminole County as a member of the Board of County Commissioners’ staff. Her work with local government, knowledge of the public sector’s budget process, and solid working relationships with many different community groups, has equipped her with a unique perspective and passion for serving our community.
A native Floridian, Amy has called Central Florida home since 1996. She and her husband, Tim, have been married for 24 years and live in Sanford with their 2 awesome kids: Karis (Seminole High School c/o ‘14 & University of Central Florida c/o ’18) and Jake (Lake Mary High School c/o ’19), both of whom attended Idyllwilde Elementary and Sanford Middle Schools. In her “spare time”, Amy enjoys tending her kitchen garden, cooking, and researching genealogy. The Lockhart family attends St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
District 5: Brenda Carey
The information below came from http://www.brendacarey.com/bio/.
Born in Jacksonville, Brenda’s parents moved the family to Sanford in 1957 to care for her aging grandfather. For more than fifty years she has lived in Seminole County, most of that within District 5, which she currently represents. Raised in the heart of Sanford and educated in public schools, one of her first summer jobs was at the Colonial Room in downtown Sanford. Brenda and her husband Fairley Carey have five grown children and four grandchildren. Their grandson Dermot is the fifth generation of Brenda’s family to live in Seminole County.
Brenda Carey was elected chairman of the board at the swearing in ceremony.