ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – The International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2057, Central Florida’s largest firefighter union, recently endorsed Orange County Commissioner Emily Bonilla for re-election, according to a September 20, 2019 campaign news release.
According to Bonilla’s campaign, IAFF Local 2057 president Andre Perez specifically highlighted Commissioner Bonilla’s support for the fire department, its firefighters, and public safety overall when making the endorsement.
In the news release, Mr. Perez also commended Commissioner Bonilla’s leadership style, how she stepped up when the citizens of East Orange County were unhappy with their representative, how her “strong will and determination have helped shape [her] into [a] positive leader,” and how she handles adversity with dignity and does what is right for the citizens.
In 2016, Orange County District 5 voters sent a sharp rebuke to then incumbent Commissioner Ted Edwards and to developers seeking to develop the Lake Pickett community to keep their money-hungry hands off their environment. The voters gave Bonilla one of the biggest political upsets in Central Florida when she toppled Edwards with 57 percent of the votes to his 43 percent, despite Edwards outspending Bonilla 10 to 1.
Commissioner Bonilla stated in the release, “I am excited and honored to have the support of the firefighters at this crucial moment. I know that our county’s firefighters, and organized labor in general, have patiently waited for better contracts while continuing to serve us. I want them to know that I am listening and am on your side. The trust that the entire 1,050 first responder men and women of Local 2057 have placed in me is indeed humbling.”
Bonilla, a registered Democrat, is currently facing three registered Republicans, Winter Park Mayor Steve Leary, Anjali Vaya and Sonja M. Spradling. The race is nonpartisan, but the parties are joining the fight. Qualifying for the race ends June 12, 2020 at 12 p.m. The primary is August 18, and the general election is November 3, 2020.