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Whittington Receives Endorsements from Former County Chair Linda Chapin and Orlando Mayor Glenda Hood

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Whittington Receives Endorsements from Former County Chair
Linda Chapin and Orlando Mayor Glenda Hood

ORLANDO, FL (July 21, 2014) – Virginia Whittington, Orange County Commission District 6 candidate received endorsements today from two women she considers iconic champions in Orange County’s elected history. Former Orange County Chairman Linda Chapin and Former Orlando Mayor Glenda Hood have both endorsed the Virginia Whittington Campaign for the vacant District 6 Orange County Commission seat.

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“I’ve known Virginia Whittington for many years and think she will be a truly outstanding county commissioner. Her experience and expertise in transportation will be of great value, and her outstanding character will ensure her commitment to ethical government and public interest,” says Chapin.

Chairman Linda Chapin, the first female County Chairman of Orange County, served during the time Whittington was employed in the Orange County Office of Management and Budget. Chapin’s legacy to Orange County in the areas of growth, the environment, and transportation directly align with the platform and experience of Virginia Whittington. One of Linda’s many accomplishments as chairman included “The Targeted Community Initiative,” an initiative to work with citizens in redeveloping historically neglected neighborhoods. Whittington’s plan includes a strategic look at redevelopment and economic opportunities in several depressed and neglected areas in District 6.

Only a stone’s throw away in City Hall, Mayor Glenda Hood served as the first female Mayor of the City of Orlando subsequent to which, she went on to serve as The State of Florida’s Secretary of State. Under her leadership, the city’s geographic area grew by 50%; Orlando became positioned as a high-tech center and competitive international market; the arts were elevated to a civic priority and economic driver; unprecedented partnerships in education were established; and regional transportation alternatives were championed.

“I am pleased to endorse Virginia Whittington for Orange County Commission, District 6. She has the knowledge, integrity and sincere commitment to represent all citizens of our county in an exceptional way,” said Hood.

“I don’t think either of these women were aware of the impact that made on my life,” Whittington said of Chapin and Hood. “During their tenures they were both incredible role models for not only me, but I’m sure other women aspiring to public office. They both served with high levels of integrity and grace. It’s certainly humbling to have their endorsements of approval on my ability to lead District 6 and represent Orange County moving forward. I am grateful for their support.”

Whittington’s candidacy has also been endorsed by Business Force (the political action arm of the Central Florida Partnership), the mayors of Edgewood, Maitland, Town of Windermere and Oakland Commissioner Joseph McMullen.

A lifelong resident of District 6, Virginia Whittington, MPA is a graduate of Jones High School and the University of Central Florida. She has served the Central Florida community for over 20 years through her work as Director of Regional Partnerships for Metro Plan Orlando (the regional transportation planning agency for Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties) and previous work with Orange County Government. She also currently serves on many community boards and councils and has run a nonprofit organization that helps young women for the last 13 years.

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If you would like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview with Virginia Whittington, please call Jasmine Burney at (321) 285-9385 or emailĀ jasmine@vote4virginia.com.

 

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