Two vanquished opponents from the primary have endorsed Bobby Olszewski in the general election for Orange County Commission’s District 1 seat, his campaign announced Monday.

Olszewski picked up the endorsements from Nuren Haider and Usha Jain, who finished third and fourth behind Betsy VanderLey and Olszewski.

VanderLey and Olszewski now face off in the Nov. 8 general election.

Dr. Usha Jain states, “There is no doubt that Bobby Olszewski is the best choice to be our next Orange County Commissioner in District 1,” Jain stated in a news release issued by Olszewski. “He will treat everyone fairly and will not be influenced by special interests. He grew up in Dr. Phillips and Windermere and has lived in our community his entire life. Bobby will always look out for the people. I am proud to endorse Bobby Olszewski for the Orange County Commission and ask that you vote Bobby O in November because he will not tolerate cronyism.”

“I have gotten to know Bobby Olszewski over the course of this campaign and I can unequivocally state that he is an honorable man who will serve all members our community with integrity and transparency,” Nuren Haider stated. “Orange County District 1 needs a commissioner who will look out for the best interests of everyone in our community regardless or race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. I encourage everyone to vote for Bobby Olszewski as our next commissioner in District 1 because he will put residents and community first.”

Olszewski expressed appreciation and honor for their support and commitment.

“We all agree that we need to put ‘Residents and Community First’ in Orange County District 1 by rising above the culture of cronyism and special interests,” Olszewski stated.

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