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SEMINOLE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN ENDORSES CORTE
Karen Almond becomes the second Seminole County School Board Member to endorse Cortes.
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. — Today, Seminole County School Board Chairman Karen Almond endorsed Bob Cortes for House District 30. Almond has over twenty-one years of service to the Seminole County School District, and she was awarded the Casselberry Police Department Citizen of the Year award in 2001.
“Bob Cortes understands the relationship between a world-class education system and economic opportunities for our kids,” said Seminole County School Board Chairman Karen Almond. “Having worked with Bob over the last three years, I know first-hand that Bob’s committed to giving all the students of this state the opportunity to learn and create better lives for themselves and their families. Bob is a servant leader, and I am proud to give him my personal endorsement.”
Karen Almond was a Class of 1976 Graduate of Lyman High School in Longwood. She has experience as a Take Stock in Students Mentor, PTA President, and a School Advisory Council Chairman. In addition to Citizen of the Year honors, Almond was a nominee for the United Way Community Impact Leader of the Year in 2004 and was also previously nominated for Women of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council. She served as Chairman of the Parks & Recreation Special Events Advisory Committee and served as a Seminole County Representative on the Metro Plan Orlando Citizens Advisory Council. Karen is an active Member of Rotary Club of Seminole County South and was named a Paul Harris Fellow for her humanitarian service.
“Karen’s has been a torch-bearer for our Central Florida community for as long as I can remember,” said candidate Bob Cortes. “I can’t think of anyone better than Karen to instill her kind heart and strong family values in our next generation of community leaders.”
Karen Almond joins fellow school board member Amy Lockhart; 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; Seminole County Property Appraiser David Johnson; former State Representative John Quinones; former State Representative Anthony Suarez; former Seminole County Commissioner Dick Van Der Weide; former Seminole County Commission Chairman Fred Streetman; Randy Garrett, Group 3 Supervisor of the Seminole County Water and Conservation Board; former Maitland Mayor Doug Kinson; and former Lt. Gov. Bobby Brantley as leaders who have endorsed Bob Cortes in his House District 30 Race.
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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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