ORLANDO, Fla., (FNN NEWS) – Still months away, the race for the city’s top office is heating up as Orlando City Commissioner Sam Ings files paperwork to unseat four-term incumbent Mayor Buddy Dyer.
Ings’ Official Announcement release
Sam Ings hopes to become the next mayor of Orlando and has officially filed with the City clerk’s office to run in the November 2019 election.
Ings, who served thirty years with the Orlando Police Department and retired as a captain, was first elected as District 6 Commissioner in 2006. Now, he wants to bring a new era of leadership to city hall, where residents see a clean Orlando and feel safe in their communities, and entrepreneurs and businesses are economically empowered.
Ings says he has been listening to Orlando residents who say that the city needs to be more inclusive of all neighborhoods when focusing on crime prevention and public safety. An advocate for more neighborhood policing, Ings knows firsthand the value of having more police substations in communities. “I have been relentless in trying to get more police substations in certain neighborhoods for over ten years, where officers are actually dispatched from the locations to respond faster to calls,” said Ings, who successfully placed a police substation in MetroWest.
“This is why I am running for Mayor because I want to expand on what I have achieved in my district throughout the city, and neighborhood policing is a top priority for all areas in the city,” Ings said.
A clean and more beautiful Orlando is another target on Ings’ to-do list for the residents. He says the city must do a better job at keeping trash off of the roads and a better job at restoring infrastructure to keep “The City Beautiful” – beautiful.
Ings becomes the fifth challenger to enter the race against Mayor Dyer. Although Ings believes that he can beat Dyer, he admits that Dyer does have deep campaign pockets and an impressive list of supporters on a host committee dominated by “who’s who in Florida politics”. “My focus is on the voters who will ultimately decide in November that Buddy has been in office too long and has become complacent,” Ings said.
Ings’ says he is excited to build upon more opportunities for entrepreneurs to partner with developers, similar to what he has already accomplished in his district with growth and expansion that will include all of Orlando.
Ings will unveil his entire campaign platform and new vision for the city at a campaign kick-off and fundraiser scheduled for later this month. The event will be open to the public.
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