Orlando City Commissioner Regina Hill’s bad times have come back to haunt her.

A video of the District 5 commissioner was posted Wednesday on Facebook that shows her slurring her words and talking incoherently at times.

Hill, who serves the Parramore district where she grew up, has a history of drug and alcohol problems. She was elected in 2014 despite 21 arrests between 1983 and 2009 for drug offenses and multiple DUIs.

“Power to the People, we’re back, actually I’m not all that cohesive … because I’m back on the slider coaster,” Hill said on the video posted by Willie Slater Jr. and Theo Johnson. Slater claimed that Hill is a drug addict in his post.

Hill nor her office returned phone calls Friday.

Hill told Orlando Sentinel Reporter Jeff Weiner that she did not use any illegal drugs while making the video. She said she plans to seek counseling as she continues to grieve the death of her daughter. Vonni DeBose, Hill’s 24-year-old daughter, died in August 2015 after she was found unconscious in a Tallahassee home, according to police. Hill, 51, is raising her daughter’s 4-year-old son.

The commissioner told WESH News that she took the video with her own phone and blamed cyberbullying for its release.

“It’s a personal matter of the commissioner’s, said Cassandra Lafser, the mayor’s spokesperson when asked if Mayor Buddy Dyer would comment on Hill’s video.

Hill often refers to her past struggles as an example of how she beat addiction. The former nurse is an advocate for children, the elderly, low-income residents and the homeless.

The commissioner has filed to run for a second term and faces six challengers in the November election.

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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