SECOND ORANGE COUNTY COMMISSIONER ENDORSES CORTES
Commissioner Clarke joins Commissioner Thompson in support of Cortes
Contact: Matt Mohler
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. — Today, the Bob Cortes for State House Campaign announced the endorsement of Orange County Commissioner Pete Clarke. Clarke’s endorsement is the latest in a series of prominent leaders who have also endorsed Cortes including former United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Hans Hertell, Orlando City Commissioner Tony Ortiz, Orange County Commissioner Jennifer Thompson, Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger, former State Representative John Quinones, and former Seminole County Commission Chairman Fred Streetman.
“Bob Cortes will bring renewed focus on improving our economy and will make education a key part of that effort,” said Orange County Commissioner Pete Clarke. “He understands what it takes to create jobs, and he wants to make sure that our youth have every opportunity possible to realize their dreams.”
Commissioner Clarke, a former county government administrator, has lived in Orange County for the past forty years and is a graduate of Boone High School in Orange County. After earning a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees, Clarke joined the Florida Air National Guard. Clarke is also the co-founder of the 20-agency Primary Care Access Network and director of community and government relations for Community Health Centers Inc.
“I am honored to have the endorsement of Commissioner Clarke,” said Bob Cortes. “With his support and that of many of his other colleagues, I am confident that we are on track to win the primary and win in November of 2014.”
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About Bob Cortes for State Representative
Bob was elected to the Longwood City Commission in November 2009 and was elected Deputy Mayor in 2010. In 2012, he was re-elected to a second term. He is a member of the Seminole County Community Traffic Safety Team and a graduate of the Florida League of Cities Institute for Elected Municipal Officials. He is a member of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). With this organization, Bob has participated in several institutes, including the Newly Elected Leadership Institute, the Redistricting Institute, and the Fiscal Policy Institute hosted by NALEO and the Kellogg School of Business. Bob grew up in New York and Puerto Rico and moved to Central Florida in 1989. He founded Cortes Towing Service, a successful small business now in operation for over two decades. In 2011, he started another venture, Cortrans Shuttle Service, a transportation provider that serves Orlando Sanford International Airport, Orlando International Airport, the Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal, and area attractions. He was recently named one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando. He and his wife, Virginia, are members of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Altamonte Springs. They were blessed with their first grandchild this past November.
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