ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Beverly Burgess is running to become the first black female elected to Orange County GOP Board according to a press release by Burgess Friday.
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Orlando resident, Beverly Burgess, has set her sights on becoming the first black female elected to the Orange County Republican Executive Committee (OCREC) Board. “After a lifetime of being a Democrat, I joined the Republican Party a few years back. I recognize that in order to welcome more members of the black community to the conservative movement I need to be an example,” said Burgess.
Burgess began her journey as a curious Democrat interested in what the candidate Donald Trump’s platform was . Not only has she led the Pledge of Allegiance for Vice President Mike Pence’s Maitland Community Center she also spoke and led the pledge during President Donald Trump’s visit to the Central Florida Fairgrounds during the 2016 campaign. Burgess, “I often find myself explaining my decision with outcomes that surprise many. When you explain the benefits of the Republican Party to those in our community it matters. They’ve heard and been used far too long by Democrats.”
While Burgess plans to run she is currently evaluating which position most matches her experience and passion. “Our community is made up of a large percentage of black and brown people. I’d simply like to be part of the catalyst to introduce and bring them into the organization. However, that cannot occur without going directly into communities where minorities live and inviting them to visit and learn about OCREC and the benefits the Republican Party can bring to their everyday lives,” acknowledges Burgess.
Burgess is a lifelong resident of Orlando and orchestrates Federal grant training programs teaching the basics of grant writing to her students. She is also a proud mother and wife. Burgess is also known for being part of a legacy in her father’s business of “Black Maxx BBQ.” A Pine Hills staple for years.
The OCREC Elections are set for Thursday, December 6th, 6:30pm at the Marks Street Senior Center.