The only candidate running for the Orlando City Council District 1 seat is holding a meet and greet in his hometown of Lake Nona.

Tom Keen, a Navy veteran and aerospace business development manager is running for the seat currently held by Commissioner Jim Gray, who has yet to file to run again for the seat he acquired in 2012.

Keen is holding a kickoff party from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 19 at Graffiti Junktion. He plans to speak at 6:30 p.m.

“Our city commissioner should be someone who shows up,” said Keen, who plans to walk the entire district this summer to meet voters. “I am present in the District 1 community. I am listening to residents and can better represent them in city government.”

District 1 is the largest and the fastest growing in the city. It includes the Orlando International Airport, neighborhoods along Semoran Boulevard, Lake Nona, Vista East, Southport and a portion of the Boggy Creek neighborhood west of the airport.

About The Author

The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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