Belle Isle-area businessman Pete Crotty, brother of former Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty, confirmed Tuesday that he intends to run for the Orange County Commission’s District 3 seat.
Pete Crotty will be entering a crowded field for a seat that is not yet even open. Incumbent Commissioner Pete Clarke is running for Orange County mayor and is expected to resign the seat by next June, opening it for a special election in 2018. Already in the running are 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.
Crotty said he expects to file and formally announce his candidacy after the holidays.
This would be his first entry into elected politics. He said he was most recently inspired to expand his public service role after being highly-active in the recent I-4 for Texas, I-4 for Florida, and I-4 for Puerto Rico hurricane relief efforts organized out of Orlando, but said the idea of running for office has been on his mind for a long time.
“I’m not an ego guy. I consider myself a humble servant. But you know what? I’m going to win this thing. There’s no doubt in my mind,” Crotty said Tuesday.
Crotty, 59, 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.
He also is a high-profile activist in addiction counseling, working in jails and elsewhere to help addicts, and in pushing for policies to address the current heroin and opioids epidemic ravaging Central Florida.
“I’m not going to be a one issue candidate, but I’m going to be strong on this,” Crotty said.