District 3 Commissioner Pete Clarke said Wednesday morning he’ll be seeking a second term, and formally filed papers for re-election.
Florida Politics was on hand at the Orange County Supervisor of Elections office, and asked Clarke what his goals are if re-elected.
“We’re going to continue to work in our neighborhoods. That’s the strength of our community. We’ve spent a lot of time working on beautification, crime issues, and the spirit of our community,” said Clarke.
“We’re going to also focus on Orange Avenue and have been working with the state to do some development by the Sunrail station, also 436 to make those corridors business-friendly and especially pedestrian-friendly. Overall quality of life.”
Clarke’s 2012 win was the biggest upset among municipal races in Central Florida. The two other candidates already in the race include retired Orlando police Officer Bill Moore and Nelson Betancourt.
This time as an incumbent, Clarke hopes his reputation for being approachable and accessible will persuade voters to keep him on the job, saying, “The thing I’m absolutely most proud of is that if someone calls us, I guarantee within 24 hours, unless there is something abnormal, we’re going to get back with them.”
“Somebody calls me, I’m going to be there.”