Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has endorsed District 3 Commissioner Robert Stuart, asking voters to continue the strong leadership to ensure the city’s future remains bright.

The plea was made as voters received their absentee ballots in the mail.

“Robert has been an effective advocate and champion for safe neighborhoods, fiscally responsible budgeting, for finding solutions to Orlando’s homelessness challenge, and for increasing and renewing our parks and green spaces,” Dyer said. “As a supporter of Orlando’s Main Street programs, Robert has helped us renew and revitalize neighborhood commercial districts and create thousands of new jobs.”

Dyer also talked about Stuart’s lifetime of service to Orlando in the letter.

“Even before he was elected to the city council, Robert has been serving people and building community,” Dyer said.  “For 46 years, he has been a volunteer coach and umpire for Little League baseball.”

The mayor also pointed to Stuart’s 22 yeas as executive director of Orlando’s Christian Service Center, where he helps provide 400,000 meals a year to Orlando’s most vulnerable citizens.

“When he (Stuart) learned that so many students were often coming to school hungry, he created ‘The Love Pantry,’ which is now serving 69 schools and providing food to more than 24,000 students and families,” the letter said.

Stuart has worked closely with Dyer during the past 12 years. During that time, the city council has accomplished a number of accomplishments, including diversifying the economy with Lake Nona Medical City, revamping the downtown landscape with new venues, and improving transportation with SunRail.

“I’m honored Mayor Dyer has chosen to reach out to voters and urge them to continue the work we’ve done to make Orlando the city we all dreamed it could be,” Stuart said.

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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