ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Sean McQuade filed to run for Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Seat 2 Friday. The seat is currently held by Orlando-based incumbent and Board Vice Chairman Supervisor Daisy Morales, who filed for re-election Friday morning. McQuade, who is based in Apopka, is filing to run for this seat for the first time. Rabbi Robert Lefkowitz was the first to file to run for the seat in late April.
Over the last four years, Supervisor Morales has partnered with Orange County schools to educate students on soil and water conservation, and has hosted an Earth Day Awareness Tour for communities of color and non-profit organizations annually. Supervisor Morales told Florida National News Friday, “One of my top priorities was to focus on low-income families, communities of color, youth, seniors, and Spanish-speaking populations who are consistently disproportionately impacted by the lack of grant opportunities and educational information on soil and water conservation.”
Lefkowitz, who previously ran for Orange County Commission back in the 1990s, feels spirituality and caring for the environment go hand in hand. “Soil and water, land, air, all has to do with nature and the environment and how we live,” he said. “So does spirituality. They go hand in hand when you think about it. The environment that you create, or you try to create for other people, it impacts you.”
McQuade enters the race with a long history of community service, including overseeing partnership development for a non-profit, partnering with local schools to expand health and wellness programs and assisting a textile recycling company. He currently works in higher education and volunteers for child-focused non-profits. He pledges to bring more awareness, education, partnerships and sustainability to the Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Board and the natural resources of Orange County.
“I have a strong background with experience in advocating for others, putting the greater good first and bringing people together,” McQuade said. “I want to use these skills to expand on the education programs has previously done and really grow awareness that leads to positive action.”
The general election is set for November 6, 2018.
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