ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Commissioner Sam Ings, who is running for Orlando Mayor, issued an announcement today about nabbing two more endorsements, but wasted no time blasting Congresswoman Val Demings for endorsing his opponent, incumbent Mayor Buddy Dyer.
Shots Fired: Commissioner Ings Aims at Congresswoman Demings
Ings says his strong base and growing supporters aren’t affected by a recent video released from Dyer’s campaign with Congresswoman Val Demings encouraging people to vote for Mayor Dyer.
“Congresswoman Val Demings has gone to Washington and has forgotten where she came from and the constituents that sent her there,” Ings said. “Her loyalty to Mayor Dyer supersedes the lack of affordable housing in Orlando, the need for better relationships between the police and the people who put her in office, and the abundance of poor roads and aging infrastructure,” he stated.
“But it doesn’t surprise me,” he continued. “Congresswoman Val Demings is playing ‘bow down to Buddy’ politics, she’s bowing to Mayor Dyer rather than standing up for the voters who are crying out, enough of his complacent leadership!”
Ings’ Latest Endorsements
The Central Asian American Hotel Owners Association and the Democratic Haitian American Caucus of Florida endorsed Commissioner Ings with soaring statements.
“We are proud to endorse Commissioner Samuel B. Ings for Mayor of Orlando,” says Dr. Cassandra Arnold, President of the Democratic Haitian American Caucus of Florida. “His years of exceptional leadership and experience as an Officer and Commissioner, paired with his commitment to the Haitian community in Central Florida, makes him the absolute best candidate to lead the City of Orlando to the next level.”
Commissioner Ings values the Democratic Haitian American Caucus of Florida endorsement given his involvement in the Haitian American community and the changes he’s seen. The American Community Survey (ACS), which helps local officials, community leaders and businesses understand how neighborhoods grow and evolve, reports a recent surge in Orlando’s Haitian American population. Ings understands that as that community grows, so does its political influence.
In 2019, the ACS also shows the Orlando Asian community population rising, another group who has come out strongly for Ings. Prominent hotelier and Central Florida Asian American Hotel Owners President Jan Gautam says he encouraged Ings to run for Mayor. “Sam Ings has been the Commissioner for I-Drive for many years. I know what he has done to support the businesses and hotels in the tourist district. Sam Ings is the person who can do the job,” Gautam said.
Economic growth is also one the pillars of Ings’ vision for the city of Orlando.
Mayor Dyer has been in office for 16 years. Ings believes the time is now for new direction, one that puts people first. Voters in Orlando can expect a very competitive race for Mayor leading up to the election on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.