Local Politics


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Winter Park Commission candidates spar in public forum

Naylor and Seidel debate

Incumbent Greg Seidel and challenger Wes Naylor squared off in a candidate forum hosted by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce at the Winter Park Welcome Center on Friday, Feb. 10.

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Rollins College to host candidate forum

Candidates' Round 2

Winter Park's political season is heating up, with another candidate forum between incumbent City Commissioner Greg Seidel and challenger Wes Naylor.

Letter to the editor: Know how to lose

I have noticed that most of the persons who voted in the recent election for the losing candidate must be from the group having grown up not knowing how to lose.

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Stephanie Murphy ousts 12-term U.S. Rep. John Mica

12-term incumbent

Republican John Mica’s 24-year-long tenure as a U.S. Congressman came to an end on Tuesday.

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Medical marijuana passes, controversial solar bill fails

Utility bill downed

After all the ballot dust settled on the Florida election, medical marijuana finally passed the bar.

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Emily Bonilla unseats Ted Edwards in Commission

Edwards out

Political newcomer Emily Bonilla unseated incumbent County Commissioner Ted Edwards in the District 5 race on Tuesday.

Correction: "Cashing in on development"

Developer denies claim

Dan Bellows, who could not be reached before press time, has since said he has never had any interests in the five donating entities.

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Leary, Mackinnon announce candidacy for Winter Park mayor

Two announce candidacy

Winter Park residents can expect a heated election next March as at least two candidates hope to become the city’s new mayor.

Three out of four Orange County charter amendments pass

Three out of four pass

Three out of four controversial Orange County Charter amendments were passed Tuesday night – two of which potentially limit residents from putting new laws before the County Commission.

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Half penny tax heavily favored in Winter Park poll

Incumbents also favored

A poll at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce-hosted Political Mingle saw many incumbents favored and a half-penny sales tax to raise money for schools heavily favored.

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Central Florida campaigns accelerate into Nov. 6

Plakon vs. Dentel heats up

Campaigning heats up as Election Day nears closer in local U.S. Congress and state representative races.

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Mayor calls for Bonus' resignation

Bonus vows to stay

Mayor Howard Schieferdecker said that he wanted to do whatever possible to help the Bonus family, while also calling for his colleague’s resignation.

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City wants feedback on Councilman Phil Bonus

Should he resign?

You can vote for Bonus to resign, stay on Council or say that it is a private matter.

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President Obama speaks at Rollins College

Grassroots event

President Barack Obama made a campaign stop in Winter Park on Thursday.

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Winter Park Political Mingle packs civic center

Candidates come to WP

Hundreds packed the main hall of the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center for the Winter Park Chamber's Political Mingle on Monday, July 23.