Orange County School Board Member Christine Moore has filed to run for the Orange County Commission’s District 2 seat, setting up a showdown with, among others, her former political boss, Fred Brummer.

Moore, of Apopka, who’s spent nine years on the school board, was Brummer’s campaign manager for all six of his campaigns as he previously ran for the Orange County Commission in 2006 and ’10, and for the Florida House of Representatives in four terms in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

They and three other candidates are battling to succeed Bryan Nelson, who’s running for Apopka mayor this year. The other candidates are Mark Byrd of Apopka, Antuan Bibbs of Apopka and Patricia Rumph of Orlando.

Moore, Brummer and Byrd are Republicans. Bibbs and Rumph and Democrats, though the race is non-partisan.

Moore is a real estate agent and professional flute player, and dedicated to various faith-based organizations and programs, but said her school board responsibilities have been her full-time vocation.

“A leadership position on the county commission brings greater access for building healthy, successful and opportunity-based communities,” Moore stated in a news release. “As state and federal governments have become increasingly more partisan, it is incumbent upon local government to be our ‘go-to’ leaders. Through a collaborative approach between stake-holder groups — civic, faith-based, business and local governments — much can be accomplished.”

Moore called for prioritizing safe, healthy neighborhoods, smart growth, infill (which raises the quality and safety of existing structures), greater online permitting, a reduction in traffic congestion while increasing safe walking and biking, more detailed, collaborative emergency management plans, opportunity for new industry and, most importantly, doing so while remembering all government funding comes from the very same people it wishes to benefit.

Asked if she was taking on her former political boss, she replied, “I feel like he’s taking me on.”

“Our leadership styles are a little different, Fred and I, but it’ll be interesting,” she said. “We’re both some of the hardest campaigners you’ll ever see.”

Moore authored a children’s book, “Ahapopka, the History of Apopka and its Elementary Schools.” She founded and produces the Apopka Art & Jazz Festival. She recently began Ocoee Passion Flower Days and annually conducts fall beautification efforts throughout District 7.

She has worked with students and parents to take on responsibility for their own campuses. Moore, a cum-laude graduate of the University of Michigan, serves on the Mayor’s Task Force for Child Abuse, Apopka and West Orange Chambers of Commerce, and United Arts of Central Florida. She has two grown children and two granddaughters. She plays flute for Beautiful Music and in the orchestra at Trinity Baptist Church. Christine is a licensed real estate agent for Weichert Realtors Hallmark Properties.

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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 scott@floridapolitics.com.

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