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REALTOR® recommended candidates dominate elections

Wednesday, August 31, 2016  
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REALTOR Recommended Candidates
The REALTORS® Political Action Committee works at the local, state, and national levels to ensure the election of pro real estate candidates

Nearly 70 percent (15 out of 22) of the local REALTOR® recommended candidates who ran for public office on August 30 won their races.

 The REALTOR® organization including ORRA, Florida REALTORS, and NAR recommended local candidates who are sensitive to issues related to real estate, homeownership, and private property rights.

National Association of REALTORS® Supported Candidates

U.S. House of Representatives, District 7 – John Mica WON
U.S. House of Representatives, District 9 – Darren Soto WON
U.S. House of Representatives, District 10 – Val Demings WON

Florida REALTORS® Supported Candidates

Florida Senate, District 11 - Randolph Bracy WON
Florida Senate, District 15 - Victor Torres, Jr. WON
Florida House of Representatives, District 31 – Jennifer Sullivan WON
Florida House of Representatives, District 45 - Kelvin Cobaris
Florida House of Representatives, District 46 - Bruce Antone WON
Florida House of Representatives, District 48 - Alex Barrio
Florida House of Representatives, District 50 – Rene “Coach P” Plasencia WON

Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association Supported Candidates

Orange County

Comptroller – Phil Diamond WON
Commissioner, District 1 – Betsy VanderLey WON
Commissioner, District 3 – Pete Clarke WON
Commissioner, District 5 – Ted Edwards WON
School Board, District 4 – Pam Gould WON
School Board, District 5 – Kathleen (Kat) Gordon WON
School Board, District 7 – Christine Moore WON

Seminole County

Clerk of the Court/Comptroller – Sammy Gibson
Tax Collector – Ray Valdes
Commissioner, District 1 – Bob Dallari
Commissioner, District 5 – Brenda Carey WON
School Board, District 3 – Dede Schaffner

City of Sanford

City Council, District 3 – Steve DellaSala

ORRA considers each candidate up for local election based on his or her past voting record and/or sensitivity to real estate issues. Candidates are invited to participate in a screening process by the ORRA Candidate Screening Subcommittee, which then makes candidate recommendations to the ORRA Board of Directors for final approval.

ORRA supported candidates who accept political action committee (PAC) funds are eligible to receive contributions from the REALTORS® Political Action Committee for use in their campaign.

For more information about the screening process or about RPAC please contact Frankie Elliott, ORRA vice president of governmental affairs, at

View Election Results for Previous REALTOR® Recommended Candidates

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