Last-minute qualifier in Orange County mayor’s race - FOX 35 News Orlando

Last-minute qualifier in Orange County mayor’s race

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) - On the final day of qualifying for the 2014 elections, no "big name" Democrat stepped up to challenge Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. There was an opening after Val Demings dropped out of the race in May, but things were mostly quiet at the Orange County Supervisor of Elections office.

The mayor did draw an opponent. Dunel Cadely paid the more than $7,000 qualifying fee in the last half hour.

"Money don't win elections. It's you guys, the media and the politicians out there turn elections into so-called 'piggy bank, ATM, or casino.' It's not about money. It's about the will of God, the will of the people and a good platform for Orange County."

Cadely says his platform includes some late night revelry.

"Things close out too early. At the same time, I'm thinking about opening until 4 a.m., an extension if you drink. You can finish your beer at 4."

We went to Mayor Teresa Jacobs for reaction to not having a challenger with huge name recognition, and she had all the right things to say.

"I take every election seriously, and I think you know each four years, it's that opportunity to ask the voters one more time, 'Am I doing the job you wanted me to do, and can I have your vote for four more years?'"

We needed a better answer than that though, and got an honest one.

"Well, I (pauses) obviously I'm pleased."

Without a major showdown in the mayor's race in Orange County, the hottest race could be for State Senate District 12 in Orlando. Current Senator Geraldine Thompson, a Democrat, will be challenged in a primary election by former State Senator of the same district, Gary Siplin.

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