ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Orlando community leader and real estate veteran Khalid Muneer filed his papers to run for Orange County Property Appraiser (OCPA) at the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office 3 p.m. Monday afternoon. He’s running to unseat two-term incumbent Rick Singh, who is up for re-election in 2020. Singh filed for re-election on August 1st.
In fact, Singh will hold his re-election campaign kickoff event on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, the day before his annual State of Orange County Real Estate address. Muneer told Florida National News in a phone interview Monday that he will launch his campaign in the next couple of weeks.
Muneer is the President of Jupiter Properties, Inc. and has been engaged in the Orange County community through various organizations, including the Asian American Chamber of Commerce, the Orlando Economic Development Commission’s executive committee, the Central Florida Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Arab American Chamber of Commerce, the Moroccan American Business Alliance, and is the founder and president of the Muslim American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Orlando.
Muneer understands the power of his voice and that of his community, and leverages it as a contributor to the Orlando Sentinel.
Muneer is also no stranger to the world of politics and political fundraising. In 2018 alone, he held fundraisers for Florida gubernatorial candidates, including Philip Levine and eventually Andrew Gillum, once he won the Democratic nomination. Muneer also held fundraisers for Congressman Keith Ellison during his campaign for Minnesota Attorney General, and for Congressman Darren Soto during his re-election campaign, just to name a few.
Why is Muneer Running Against Singh?
Well, the list is growing, and Muneer has a few rocks ready for him. “Bringing back the highest level of integrity and accountability to the office is my goal,” he told Florida National News in a phone interview Monday. Muneer noted that Singh’s current revenue track record lends itself largely to the most recent real estate development projects happening in Orange County (I-4 Ultimate, Lake Nona, etc.), but contends that all the attention on the numbers has eclipsed what’s happened with the people. “125 employees have left the office since Singh took over,” he told FNN News. “The office work culture is really bad and has resulted in good people leaving.”
Furthermore, Muneer called Singh out on taking all the glory, stating that Orange County’s real estate development boom wasn’t accomplished by Singh alone, but by all elected officials involved as well as the Orlando Economic Development Commission.
Muneer also highlighted Singh’s controversies, including Singh’s recent court battle with Disney. “Disney is one of our most important employers in area…to be in conflict with them is bad for the area.”
Muneer’s official campaign press announcement wraps his rationale with a simple promise. “The office of the Orange County Property Appraiser affects over a million people. Muneer understands the vast responsibility the position holds and will work with [the] community in mind to ensure he delivers the best results.”
Muneer and Singh are the only two candidates who have filed for OCPA thus far and will go head-to-head in the August 18, 2020 Democratic primary. Whoever wins the primary will go on to the general election, which is set for November 3, 2020.
Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | firstname.lastname@example.org