Nelson makes his candidacy for mayor official
Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear I watched Bryan Nelson say he was born and raised here in Apopka, and that he learned to swim in Dream Lake, on his video made at the Catfish Place, on Apopka Then and Now website. My husband was born and raised here too, except that he was born at Orange Memorial Hospital in Orlando, because as my husband always says, they didn’t have a hatchery here in Apopka back then….LOL. Yes, my husband learned to swim in Dream Lake also. His swimming lessons, he told me, were that he just got tossed out into the lake, and that is how he learned to swim, gators and all. Parents didn’t baby children back then. It must have worked because my husband is an excellent swimmer. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate “We” are going to be the first to quailify for mayor by petition………”we” who???? Does he mean, himself, that’s not we…….so is he speaking for Mayor Kilsheimer also? I am in the twilight zone here in Apopka…….DODODODODODODODODODODO……….!!! Reply March 16, 2017 at 2:16 pm Mama Mia Begins campaign with petition driveWith The Catfish Place Restaurant as the backdrop, Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson made his candidacy for mayor of Apopka known to the public. “After several long discussions with my family and close friends, I have decided to run for mayor here in our great city of Apopka,” he told the gathered crowd. “I am excited about the opportunity to serve in a new role and will bring my passion for our city to this campaign. I want to work on what we can do to make Apopka a better place to live, to work and to play.”In his prepared statement, and in his speech, Nelson referenced civility as an issue he would like to change in the current City Council meetings.“We’ve got a lot of opportunities, but we have a lot of challenges as well,” he said. “There has to be civility in leadership. We’ve got to get that back. You can’t let your emotions get in the way of good policy.”He also announced his first campaign event, which will be a kick-off fundraiser to be held at The Catfish Place on Sunday, March 26th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.Nelson is pursuing a unique strategy by filing by petition instead of paying the filing fee.Bryan Nelson, his wife Debbie (r) and daughter Linda (l) completing the first candidate petitions.“No one has ever qualified for mayor by petition. We are going to be the first. It shows fiscal responsibility and that you have community support.”Nelson is a first-term County Commissioner for District 2 which represents all of Apopka, Plymouth, Zellwood and parts of Ocoee, Orlando and Eatonville. He is also Vice Mayor of Orange County. Before that, he was in the Florida House representing District 38 for six years (2006-2012) and District 31 for two years (2012-2014). Both districts included Apopka within its borders.He is also the owner of Nelson Insurance Services in Apopka for approximately the past 20 years and Nelson’s Roses for 20 years before that. He has lived in the Apopka area since 1958, and at the residence that he annexed into Apopka (in 2016) for 23 years.The announcement sets up an anticipated showdown against Mayor Joe Kilsheimer that could prove to be both candidate’s greatest challenge. Kilsheimer is an incumbent that has never lost an Apopka municipal election (2 wins no losses). He defeated a five-decade incumbent (Mayor John Land) in 2014.Nelson is also undefeated (5-0 with two elections going unopposed), and has been in an election every two years since 2006. March 16, 2017 at 2:31 pm I am not questioning that Bryan Nelson can get the needed numbers of petitions signed to qualify to run as Mayor of Apopka, I just thought that the petition process in lieu of filings fee paid, was not allowed in Apopka, for the mayor or council seats…..when did it change???? I remember this subject at the last charter review committee meeting……….????????????? Did they change it and just not bother informing the public???? Or how was it exactly???? I thought the only charter change last go round was making the city administration a charter member????? March 16, 2017 at 6:52 pm Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 March 16, 2017 at 2:08 pm I believe he means “we” as in him,his family and his group of supporters. I doubt he would include the current mayor in this group. Annie Greer Mama Mia Mama Mia Scott Foster Please enter your comment! Reply Reply Reply Reply Mama Mia Reply Go get it Bryan! My furst job was working the potting machine at Nelsons rises. Always a fair and good bossman. Goodluck to you! TAGS2018 Mayoral ElectionBryan Nelson Previous articleAAA Offers Tow to Go for St. Patrick’s DayNext articleMayor Kilsheimer: “We created more than 1,000 jobs in the projects we approved” Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR March 16, 2017 at 8:04 pm I meant city administrator, and not city administration, as a charter member, sorry, my mistake. 6 COMMENTS LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here March 16, 2017 at 5:10 pm Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.