Former Commissioner Dick Van Der Weide Endorses Cortes

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Contact: Matt Mohler
Phone: 850-222-8156


ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. — Today, the Bob Cortes for House District 30 Campaign announced the endorsement of former Seminole County Commissioner Dick Van Der Weide. Van Der Weide joins former United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Hans Hertell, Orlando City Commissioner Tony Ortiz, Orange County Commissioner Jennifer Thompson, Orange County Commissioner Pete Clarke, Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger, former State Representative John Quinones, and former Seminole County Commission Chairman Fred Streetman.

“Commissioner Cortes knows how to create jobs,” said former Seminole County Commissioner Dick Van Der Weide. “He is a well respected member of our business community, and he’s exactly the type of leader Florida needs to keep our economy on a track to recovery.”

Van Der Weide is a twenty-year veteran of the Seminole County Commission, as well as a former Chair of the County Commission. Van Der Weide served five consecutive terms for Seminole County, leaving office in 2012.

“Commissioner Van Der Weide is a great leader for our Seminole County Community,” said Bob Cortes. “His endorsement is an affirmation that our campaign is on the right track.”

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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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