Eric Rollings has won one of the biggest endorsements available Tuesday in the Orange County Commission’s District 3 race, with the announced backing of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.

Rollings campaign rolled out a video Tuesday in which Dyer talks about how he has worked with Rollings for many years on environmental, housing and social issues and credits Rollings with bringing new energy and life to the Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District, to which Rollings was elected in 2014 and became chair in 2016.

“Eric is a dedicated and passionate individual who will represent the citizens of Orange County very well on the Orange County Commission,” Dyer said.

Rollings is the second Orange County commission candidate Dyer has endorsed. After the mayor endorsed his former aide Lori Harris for another seat Republicans accused Dyer of trying to stack the county commission with his allies, which he vehemently denied. Harris later dropped out of the District 4 race. The commission and the elections officially are nonpartisan.

Rollings faces Pete Crotty, former Belle Isle Commissioner Bobby Lance, retired Orlando Police Officer Bill Moore, Mayra Uribe, and Randy Whiting in the August 28 District 3 contest to represent much of southeast Orange County. It’s a special election, just for two years, to replace incumbent Commissioner Pete Clarke, who is resigning to run for mayor. The seat will come up again in 2020.

“I am honored to receive an endorsement from such an outstanding leader in our community,” stated a fundraising letter declaring the endorsement. “Our momentum is unstoppable as we head for Election Day. Community backing continues to grow every day!”

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