The newly-revealed Orange County Commission District 3 race is getting crowded, with the filing Monday of retired police officer Bill Moore as the latest candidate.

Moore, along with three others who’ve entered the race in the past week and a half, filed for the 2020 election with the expectation that there will be a special election to fill the seat in 2018, because incumbent Commissioner Pete Clarke filed three weeks ago to run for mayor in 2018.

Moore spent more than 20 years on the Orlando Police force. Last year he lost to Clarke in an election for that seat.

He enters a contest that already includes Eric Rollings, Gus Martinez, and Mayra Uribe. The contest and the position officially are non-partisan, but the parties will be lining up. Rollings and Uribe are Democrats, Martinez an independent and Moore a Republican.

In a news release issued by his campaign, Moore said he believes in prioritizing mental health initiatives, allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in Orange County in accordance with existing Florida law, and again placing an emphasis on public safety. He noted he is the only candidate with a law enforcement background.

“In light of the many terrorist attacks occurring around the world, the mass murders in Orlando and Las Vegas, and our very own law enforcement officers being murdered in Orange County, proactive measures are long overdue,” he stated in the release. “Orange County Government has a duty to provide for the public safety and welfare of our residents and visitors alike. It’s time to act and I, for one, will live up to this standard.”

 

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