Pete Crotty made it official Tuesday, filing to run for the Orange County Commission that his brother once presided over for nearly ten years.

Crotty, 59, filed to run for the Orange County Commission’s District 3 seat, expected to be vacated this summer as incumbent Commissioner Pete Clarke is running for Orange County mayor. To qualify for the mayor’s election, Clarke would have to resign his seat by next June, which would trigger a special election to fill his seat.

Crotty’s brother Rich Crotty was Orange County Mayor from 2001 to 2011.

Numerous candidates already have filed anticipating Clarke’s resignation, including Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor Eric Rollings, retired Orlando police officer Bill Moore, Mayra Uribe, Gus Martinez, and, most recently, former Belle Isle Commissioner Bobby Lance.

Pete Crotty is founder and operator of Tradewinds Resort Specialist Central Florida Inc., a company that provides poolside hospitality services to some of Central Florida’s biggest resorts.

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