Republican state Rep. Bobby Olszewski is launching the first television commercial of his re-election campaign pushing upbeat messages of Floridians coming together for each other and pride in the community.

The 30-second spot features images of Central Florida points of pride including theme parks, the University of Central Florida, Kennedy Space Center, and of happy people, as the freshman Florida House member narrates a message of unity in divisive times.

“While there are some who try to divide us, there is so much that can unify us,” Olszewski starts.

As he speaks and the images of Central Florida roll through in rapid fire, so do text messages highlighting some of Olszewski’s work, Republican Florida Legislature’s talking points of policy achievements, and other statements, such as “Record K-12 Education Funding”, “Record Tourism Numbers”, “Florida is #1 in Higher Education”, “Florida Records the Largest Net Job Gain in the Nation”, and “Fighting for Our Veterans and Seniors.”

Olszewski faces Democratic former state Sen. Geraldine Thompson in the Nov. 6 election for House District 44, which covers southwest Orange County.

The video offers a positive look at Central Florida, then turns to Olszewski.

“That is what we were going for,” he said. “We wanted something that would stand out.”

As the commercial’s images and texts roll, Olszewski says, “We are an international destination, and the home of national champions. We reach for the stars and bring our feet back to the ground. We honor the heroes of the past and care for those who gave us life.

“I’m Robert ‘Bobby O’ Olszewski,” he concludes as the video finally shows various images of him. “Florida is strong because her people are strong. And only together will we build a better future.”

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at

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