Orange County Commission candidate Nicolette Springer has received the endorsement of former Orange County Chair Linda Chapin in the contest for the commission’s District 4 seat.

Springer, a criminologist from Orlando, is seeking to succeed Commissioner Jennifer Thompson, who is leaving office due to term limits. Chapin served as chair from 1990-1998, a position that has since been renamed mayor.

“I am so enthusiastic about supporting Nicolette Springer for the Orange County Commission, District 4. She brings an impressive professional, academic, and volunteer background along with valuable experience in the field of criminal justice, which is a subject that can add greatly to the deliberations of the commission,” Chapin said in a statement released by Springer’s campaign.

Springer faces Thompson’s former aide, Susan Makowski; Kevin Ballinger; Gina Perez-Calhoun; and Maribel Gomez Cordero in the contest to represent Orange County’s D4, covering southeast Orange County.

“Mayor Chapin paved the way for strong leadership on the Orange County Board of Commissioners and has dedicated her life to the betterment of the residents of central Florida,” Springer said in the release. “I’m honored to have her endorsement, and I plan to bring her same level of commitment to the residents of District 4 and all of Orange County.”

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