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Women’s History Month Spotlight: Women Dominate Orange County’s Top Boards

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – March is Women’s History Month, a time in which the nation celebrates the vital role of women in American history, especially when it comes to women and women of color shattering the glass ceiling on Orange County’s top boards.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, and with 2019 being dubbed “The Year of the Woman,” Florida National News highlights the women who recently made history in Orange County.

During the November 2018 general election, women dominated the political landscape, winning elected seats once held by men for years.

 

MAKING HISTORY IN ORANGE COUNTY

The Orange County Board of County Commissioners, Orange County School Board, and now the Orange Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors’ seats are held by women. This is certainly a historic first to have a female supermajority representation on all three county boards–18 elected women to two elected men, to be specific. The position of chairperson on the School Board and Soil & Water Board are held by women. The board of county commissioners is headed by the first African American mayor, who is surrounded by an all-woman county commission board. This is a new era for Orange County.

 

Board of County Commissioners

(l-r) Orange County Commissioners Betsy VanderLey (District 1), Christine Moore (District 2) and Mayra Uribe (District 3), Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, and Orange County Commissioners Maribel Gomez Cordero (District 4), Emily Bonilla (District 5) and Victoria Siplin (District 6). Photo: Willie David/Florida National News.

(l-r) Orange County Commissioners Betsy VanderLey (District 1), Christine Moore (District 2) and Mayra Uribe (District 3), Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, and Orange County Commissioners Maribel Gomez Cordero (District 4), Emily Bonilla (District 5) and Victoria Siplin (District 6). Photo: Orange County Government

The Orange County Board of County Commissioners, seated in December, includes newly elected Mayra Uribe, who faced Pete Crotty in the November 6th election, Christine Moore and Maribel Gomez Cordero; re-elected Commissioner Victoria Siplin, and incumbent Commissioners Betsy VanderLey and Emily Bonilla, whose terms end in 2020.

Website: Orange County Board of County Commissioners

School Board

(l-r): Orange County School Board Members Melissa Byrd, Karen Castor Dentel, Board Member and Vice Chair Kat Gordon, Board Chair Teresa Jacobs, and Board Members Pam Gould, Linda Kobert, Johanna Lopez and Angie Gallo. Photo: Willie David/Florida National News.

(l-r): Orange County School Board Members Melissa Byrd, Karen Castor Dentel, Board Member and Vice Chair Kat Gordon, Board Chair Teresa Jacobs, and Board Members Pam Gould, Linda Kobert, Johanna Lopez and Angie Gallo. Photo: Orange County Public Schools

The Orange County School Board is made up of newly elected School Board Chair Teresa Jacobs; incumbent School Board Members Pam Gould and Kat Gordon, whose terms run through 2020; re-elected School Board Member Linda Kobert; and newly elected School Board Members Angie GalloKaren Castor DentelJohanna Lopez and Melissa Byrd. Lopez and Byrd each faced men in the November 6 election.

Website: Orange County Public Schools 

Soil and Water Board

The women on the Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors (l-r): Supervisor Board Vice Chair Dawn Curtis (Seat 4), Supervisor and Board Chair Daisy Morales (Seat 2), and Supervisor Tiffany Dziekan (Seat 5). The fourth woman (and third African American woman) on the Board is Supervisor Nicole McLaren (not pictured). Photo: Willie David/Florida National News.

The women on the Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors (l-r): Supervisor Board Vice Chair Dawn Curtis (Seat 4), Supervisor and Board Chair Daisy Morales (Seat 2), and Supervisor Tiffany Dziekan (Seat 5). The fourth woman (and third African American woman) on the Board is Supervisor Nicole McLaren (not pictured). Photo: Willie David/Florida National News.

In December 2018, incumbent Supervisor Daisy Morales became the first Puerto Rican woman to become chair of the Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors. Supervisors Nicole McLaren, Tiffany Dziekan, and after the November 2018 election, Dawn Curtis, made history in having three African American women to hold seats on the special district board. The five-member board now has a female supermajority and one male, Supervisor Michael Barber.

Website: Board of Supervisors of Orange Soil & Water Conservation District

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Florida National News Publisher Willie David and Editor Mellissa Thomas contributed to this report. | news@floridanationalnews.com

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