Buddy Dyer announced Tuesday he will run for a fifth term as Orlando’s mayor, ending speculation that he wanted to be the next president of the University of Central Florida.
Dyer said he wants to keep “the best job in America” during a press conference on the steps of Orlando City Hall. He said he did not anticipate UCF President John Hitt’s retirement announcement last week, which caused him to reflect upon his future.
In 2016, Dyer told Orlando-Rising reporter Scott Powers that his dream job would be the UCF presidency.
Following Hitt’s announcement of his June 30 retirement, Dyer dodged questions about whether he would apply for the job.
Dyer said he received emails and calls that equally supported him as continuing in the mayor’s position or seeking the president’s post. He said his job as mayor is not done and he still wants to finish the final phase of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, build the Creative Village and link SunRail to the Orlando International Airport.
Dyer, 59, won the mayor’s seat during a 2003 special election. He will now seek his fifth full term in office as the longest-serving mayor in Orlando’s history.
The city’s next mayoral election will be held Nov. 5, 2019.