Pete Clarke Announces For Mayor
Orlando - Two term Orange County Commissioner, Pete Clarke, announced he will enter the race for Orange County Mayor.
“We are at a pivotal moment in our county’s history that will define our quality of life decades into the future.” Clarke said. “Orange County will be faced with choices requiring someone with the background and experiences I possess. These choices will bring the opportunity for extraordinary rewards for our vibrant, diverse community. That’s why I am running. Moments such as these are few and far between-- to strengthen and diversify our economy, add high paying jobs, and create an environment for the next generations to thrive. My experience serving in and for our community over the years places me in the unique position to truly lead Orange County through the hard choices we will face.” As your mayor, I will lead with the wisdom and understanding gained through decades of partnerships with the private sector, community resources and all levels of government. These skills and insights will be critical as we meet the needs of all of our current and future citizens. My proactive approach to addressing the continually evolving challenges in Orange County is evidenced by my record as a champion of our entire community.
Never afraid of a challenge and always driven to do the right thing for the right reasons, Clarke came to the commission in 2012, after beating a well funded opponent. During his time on the commission, Clarke has sought a more thoughtful development process, fought for safer streets, and tackled human trafficking in Orange County.
Pete Clarke is a graduate of Orange County’s Boone High School before receiving degrees from University of West Florida, Florida State University, and Rollins College. Before serving on the commission, Pete served the residents of Orange County as deputy director of the county’s health and family services department. Pete has provided his decades long experience to many local boards in the Central Florida region such as: Health Council of East Central Florida, Child Advocacy Center Advisory Board, United Way 211 Advisory Board, Health Care Center for the Homeless Advisory Board, Delta Council Senior Resource Alliance, Health Alliance (Past Chair and co-founder), Primary Care Access Network (PCAN) (Created), Lake Eola Charter School Board (Past Chair), Shepherd’s Hope, Low Income Pool Council (State Appointment), Florida Public Health Association (Past President; statewide association), Central Orlando Kiwanis (Past President), Hope Now International (Past Chair and Co-Founder), AIDS Resource Alliance (Past Chair/Founding Member), Florida Abolitionist