Democratic state Rep. Randolph Bracy crossed party lines Thursday to endorse his old friend Bobby Olszewski in the District 1 race for the Orange County Commission.

The county race is non-partisan, but Olszewski, a Winter Garden city commissioner, is a Republican. He is running against another Republican, Betsy VanderLey, for a seat being vacated by Scott Boyd.

“I am proud to endorse my friend and fellow Dr. Phillips High School classmate Bobby Olszewski for Orange County Commission in District 1,” Bracy stated in a news release issued by Olszewski’s campaign. “Commissioner Olszewski and I have worked well together serving the people of West Orange County. Bobby O is a man of integrity and I know he will make our hometown Orange County district proud by putting residents and community first.”

Bracy, of Oakland now, has virtually won election to a new office himself, having won the Aug. 8 primary in the Florida Senate District 11 race. There remain only two write-in candidates between him and victory on Nov. 8.


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