Betsy VanderLey gets endorsement of hotel association in Orange County commission race
Betsy VanderLey

Betsy VanderLey

Betsy VanderLey has won the endorsement of the political action committee of the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association in her quest to be elected to the Orange County Board of Commissioners in District 1 on the west side.

The endorsement comes from an organization that represents almost 80 percent of the 118,000 lodging rooms in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties, and more than 500 related organizations and businesses, and employs thousands of people and serves millions of visitors in Orange County.

“With the CFHLA-PAC endorsement of Betsy VanderLey for Orange County Commission District 1, CFHLA stands ready to work with Betsy once elected to the Orange County Commission. CFHLA is fully confident in Betsy’s business acumen and support of Central Florida’s Hospitality Industry.” CFHLA President Rich Maladecki stated in a news release issued by VanderLey’s campaign.

VanderLey, of Oakland, is in a tight race with Bobby Olszewski of Winter Garden for the commission seat being vacated by Scott Boyd.

VanderLey’s first job as a teenager was in the hospitality industry, which makes this endorsement particularly meaningful to her, according to the release. She noted District 1 is home to Walt Disney World area, many of the region’s hotels, and many of the people working in the industry.

“We are fortunate to have such a vibrant industry creating jobs in our area. I look forward to working with this industry to grow their businesses and help them navigate whatever the future holds.“ she stated in the release.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected].


Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch @PeterSchorschFL

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Drew Dixon, Roseanne Dunkelberger, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Cole Pepper, Gray Rohrer, Jesse Scheckner, Christine Sexton, Drew Wilson, and Mike Wright.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeterSchorschFL
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704