Whittington Stands Firm in Candidate Forum
Hosted by a Coalition of Community Organizations
ORLANDO, FL (July 29, 2014) – Virginia Whittington, candidate for Orange County District 6 Commissioner, along with four others vying for the seat, took part in a community forum hosted by the African-American Council of Christian Clergy (AACCC), NAACP, Vote Local and Faith in Florida Monday night. The candidates were asked key questions about issues in the district and their ideas for transforming a community in much need of attention.
Whittington touted her transportation experience in response to questions about transportation, a pressing issue both forum organizers and district 6 residents are taking very seriously this election year. Whittington believes her current role as the Director of Regional Partnerships for Metro Plan Orlando (the regional transportation planning agency for Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties) uniquely qualifies her to address the pressing transportation issues. “It takes two to three hours to get anywhere on the bus today; that’s unacceptable. It takes time away from families. It can be fixed, but it’s going to take a dedicated source of funding for transportation.” Whittington said. “Now is the time and I am the leader who is ready to do something about it. The plan for the Year 2040, recently adopted by our board, projects the same size bus fleet in 2040 as you see today.” Whittington told attendees.
In addition to transit, candidates were asked a myriad of questions about restoration of rights for offenders, employment, redevelopment, crime and youth programs. Whittington shared ideas about a gun amnesty program and tips line ways to get guns off of the streets. Another hot button issue of the night was the half-cent surtax for schools that voters will soon be asked to approve. “I am supportive of the renewal of the sales tax for schools and hope you are too,” said Whittington. “If it’s not renewed, we forfeit on much needed reconstruction and/or renovation of nine schools in District 6 that have been on the waiting list. Our children will be the ones who suffer in the end.”
Candidate Whittington, recently endorsed by former Mayors Linda Chapin and Glenda Hood, presented knowledgeable, solutions-oriented responses that offer maximized results for much needed change in District 6. With over 100 attendees at the forum held at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, Whittington stated, “District 6 is situated in such a manner that it is the only district that touches all the other districts in the county. This positions us for cross-collaborative partnerships and effective community-building that ultimately benefit the people.” Whittington stands as the candidate most suited to actualize cross-collaborative ideas, as she has worked with various elected officials and policy personnel throughout her professional career. In addition to Chapin and Hood, several other elected officials from across Orange County have endorsed her candidacy, demonstrating their willingness to continue to work with her.
In the primary election scheduled for August 26, 2014, Virginia Whittington is positioned as the candidate most suited to affect real change that will result in better lives, a strengthened economic base, and an overall better central Florida.
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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