KISSIMMEE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Andrew Jeng picked up endorsements from the three top Democrats in Osceola County: U.S. Congressman Darren Soto, State Senator Victor Torres, State Representative John Cortes in the Kissimmee City Commission Seat 2 nonpartisan runoff race.
St. Cloud, Kissimmee and Osceola County local races are nonpartisan, which includes city mayors and commissioners, judges and Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisors, so voters won’t see an R or D next to any candidate names.
However, party affiliation clearly matters to voters, especially in Kissimmee, where politics dominate and registered Democrats make up the majority of voters.
According to the Osceola County Supervisor of Elections website, there are 218,615 active registered voters in Osceola County. 93,667 are registered Democrats, 49,509 are registered Republicans and 75,439 are listed as Others.
There is an uptick with Democrat and Republican political officials adding their support in the nonpartisan commission race that could be a historic first with an Andrew Jeng win, making him the first Chinese American to ever be elected to public office in Osceola County.
Former police lieutenant and tech business owner Andrew Jeng (Chinese American and registered Democrat) and local restaurant manager Felix Ortiz (Hispanic and longtime NPA voter turned registered Democrat July 10, 2018) were forced into a runoff because no candidate obtained the required votes to win the August 28 primary election. They will face off in the November 6th general election.
U.S. Congressman Darren Soto
Congressman Soto issued a written endorsement for Jeng during the primary when Jeng was facing three opponents.
“Andrew Jeng has worked diligently with me to create higher paying jobs, build more affordable housing and embrace our diversity in Kissimmee. He is a hard worker with tremendous energy and drive, and will serve our citizens well on the Kissimmee City Commission.”
Florida State Senator Victor Torres
“Andrew Jeng will bring a lot to the community. I’ve known Andrew for several years. He’s been a great supporter of children and their families here in Osceola County.”
Florida State Representative John Cortes
State Representative John Cortes has supported Jeng since he launched his campaign in August of 2017 and was the first to endorse him.
“The City of Kissimmee is growing, and the need for effective leadership and a diversified board has never been greater. I believe that the election of Andrew Jeng to the City of Kissimmee Commission will bring the necessary leadership that our city needs to continue growing.”
Recently, Ortiz received endorsements from two Republicans: Kissimmee City Commission Vice Mayor Wanda Rentas and former State Senate candidate Peter Vivaldi.