KISSIMMEE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – In its final push toward Tuesday’s primary, the Andrew Jeng for Kissimmee City Commission campaign released a new video Thursday with a series of elected officials, community leaders and business leaders all endorsing entrepreneur, community leader and longtime Kissimmee resident Andrew Jeng for Kissimmee City Commission, Seat 2.
Elected officials in the video include State Representative John Cortes, Osceola Soil & Water Conservation District Board Chairman Larry Schneck and Supervisor Deborah Livingston, Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Board Vice Chairman Daisy Morales, St. Cloud Mayor Nathan Blackwell, former St. Cloud Deputy Mayor John Rallis and Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings. Other endorsements came from local pastor Jose Melendez and former pro basketball player JaJa Richards, founder and executive director of All Stars Are Bright.
The elected officials and business leaders in the video commonly spoke of Jeng’s integrity, active engagement in the community, and his willingness to listen to and address their concerns. Several also spoke to Jeng’s business background, which echoed his campaign platform of bringing a small business approach to Kissimmee’s economy.
Should Jeng win on Tuesday, his victory would make history, making him the first Chinese American to be elected to the Kissimmee City Commission. He hasn’t taken the prospect lightly, telling Florida National News: “I knock on doors every single day…I’m meeting the residents of Kissimmee and always asking them, ‘What do you feel we need to do to make Kissimmee better?'”
Jeng was the first to put his hat in the race, launching for his campaign in 2017. In 2018, he gained four opponents, one of which withdrew in July. His remaining opponents are Felix Ortiz, Reginald Hardee and Steven Mullis. To date, Jeng has far and away raised the most for his campaign, surpassing $28,000 according to the Osceola County Supervisor of Elections website. His closest opponent, Felix Ortiz, raised over $6,600 while Hardee raised over $4,500. Dr. Mullis has raised $440.
Since early voting started last Friday, Jeng and his team have been waving signs at early voting polling locations in addition to his daily canvassing to encourage voters to elect him as their next Kissimmee City Commissioner.
Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | firstname.lastname@example.org