Orlando will soon get its first TV glimpse at a 2019 mayoral candidate not named Buddy Dyer.

Aretha Simons, an early candidate for mayor, will be a contestant on The Price is Right Monday, appearing in the 11 a.m. broadcast on WKMG of the long-running game show.

“This will be a special moment for Aretha – an opportunity to honor of her late mother, who was an avid watcher of the iconic television show,” her campaign announced in a statement Friday.

Simons runs a business doing document preparation for people launching non-profits. She also has written several books, under the name Aretha Janine Olivarez, on the subject, including The Best Guide for Nonprofit Corporations.

She filed to run for Orlando Mayor on Nov. 27, 2017. So far she’s raised about $5,000 for her campaign. She previously ran for the Orlando City Council in 2015, but lost to Commissioner Sam Ing.

She’s running on the theme that Orlando is growing rapidly, and now is the time for innovation, for new ideas to come forward and be heard.

No one else is in the non-partisan race yet, though Dyer, Orlando’s longest-serving mayor, is expected to run for another term. He just passed on an opportunity to apply for the presidency of the University of Central Florida, a job he once said is the only one he’d consider moving to from the mayor’s office.

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  1. Lawanna Gelzer

    Areatha ran against Sheehan not Ings. Dyer didn’t pass the opportunity to go to UCF they DID NOT WANT him there and neither did the Alums. We DON’T want that corruption there.


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