Orange County Commission candidate Pete Crotty is releasing several campaign internet video ads that discuss his struggle to overcome additions and include testimonials from his brother former Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty and timeshare mogel David Siegel.
The videos are being launched to support Pete Crotty’s campaign to be elected in District 3, where he faces five other canddiates heading toward the Aug. 28 election.
Crotty, a recovering drug addict who now runs a business providing services to resorts, takes on the scourge of drug addictions up-front, indicating that addressing the opioid epidemic is a paramount issue for him, and would be for him on the Orange County commission.
The videos, which show Crotty on his front porch with his dog, mingling with voters, talking with police, and appearing at candidate forums, also feature endorsements from his brother, a popular, two-term mayor and Republican former state lawmaker [who doesn’t explicitly say they are brothers, but expresses how proud he is of him] from Siegel, president of Westgate Resorts; from abuse counselor Noberto Perez, and from human rights advocate Laura Tweed.
But the focus of the main video is summed in the opening moments, as a soft-spoken Pete Crotty declares, “I’m a life-long resident of Orange County. I’m a regular guy, next door, running for office for the very first time, because I know we can do something to improve the quality of life here in Orange County.”
Crotty faces former Belle Isle Commissioner Bobby Lance, Mayra Uribe, Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District Chair Eric Rollings, retired Orlando Police Officer Bill Moore, and Randy Whiting in the Aug. 28 election. They seek to fill out the last two years of the term of Commissioner Pete Clarke, who’s running for mayor. The district covers south-central Orange County. If no one gets more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two advance to a Nov. 6 showdown.
In the 1-minute, 52-second video, “About Pete Croty,” he also states his positions on other topics, notably his declaration, “We need to control urban sprawl and protect the environment.”