‘He doesn’t listen to the people:’ Orange County mayoral candidate looking to unseat Jerry Demings

Even though Florida is a closed primary state, there are still a number of nonpartisan positions up for grabs in the Aug. 23 primary election, including Orange County mayor.

There are three candidates looking to unseat Mayor Jerry Demings who can avoid a run-off election in November if he gets the majority of the votes in the primary.

News 6′sJustin Warmoth sat down with mayoral candidate Kelly Semrad, an associate professor at UCF and vice chair of Save Orange County, about her platform and why she decided to run.

“I got to the point in Orange County where I said, ‘What is it that we have to do as citizens to be heard,’” Semrad said. “Why is it that special interests come before citizens? Why is it that we can show up at the Board of County Commissioners and our voices still don’t matter? Over the years, I’ve been in the trenches fighting with different groups of people, fighting for sustainable development. With Save Orange County, we realized early on that this was a legal and political battle.”

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