ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Central Florida's largest city will elect a mayor on Tuesday. Orlando voters will decide who should lead the "City Beautiful" for the next four years. All three candidates made their final pushes for votes late Monday.
Sunshine Linda-Marie Grund tried to harvest votes at a local farmers market on this election eve. Grund is an educator and army veteran. She says if elected mayor, she would balance Orlando's budget, emphasize public safety and push for smart development that preserves green spaces. Grund says she has not tried to raise money for this campaign. "Billboards don’t vote, signs don’t vote. Citizens vote, and that’s how I win. It’s up to the citizens. They have to get out and vote," she says.
Paul Paulson is a veteran and businessman. He says as mayor he would work for sustainable growth and a lower crime rate. Paulson says he would also work to roll back the 17.7 percent property tax increase Orlando city leaders passed last year. "People are looking for change. I’m not a career politician. I’m a normal person and they want somebody who cares about them," Paulson told us.
Incumbent Buddy Dyer is seeking his fourth full term. He says Orlando was the number one job creator in Florida last year. He hopes to end homelessness among local veterans within the next few months. Dyer says he will continue to protect the city’s finances. "The City of Orlando is in the best financial shape of any major city in the state of Florida. Pensions are fully funded, reserves are fully funded and we have the best credit rating of any city in Florida," says Dyer.
Orlando residents will also be voting for city commissioners in Districts 4 and 6, and with low voter turnout anticipated, your vote could really make a difference. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.