SaveOrangeCounty rural preservation group endorses Chuck O’Neal in SD 11


Democratic state Senate candidate Chuck O’Neal has picked up the endorsement of SaveOrangeCounty, a grassroots environmental group striving to stop urban encroachment into rural and natural areas of Orange County.

The organization has endorsed O’Neal in the Aug. 30 Democratic primary race for Senate District 11, which covers much of western Orange County, including the ecologically sensitive Wekiva Springs region.

SaveOrangeCounty started as a network of eastern Orange County communities trying to stop development east of the Econlockhatchee River, but has spread countywide. O’Neal has a longtime record as an environmental activist, and has been outspoken on both Econlockhatchee and Wekiva issues.

O’Neal faces three other Democrats, state Rep. Randolph Bracy, former state Sen. Gary Siplin, and former state Rep. and former Orange County Commissioner Bob Sindler. There are two write-in candidates, forcing a November election for the winner of the Democratic primary.

“We determined that your demonstrated strengths as a community advocate and willingness to be responsive to residents makes you the ideal candidate for the Florida Senate 11 race,” Bill Lutz, the organization’s vice chairman stated in a letter to O’Neal’s campaign. “This become extremely important in the Florida Senate 11 race as you are a recognized strong advocate for environmental protection and sustainability. Most importantly, you can actually listen to citizen concerns and are not beholden to the campaign funding of developers pursuing urban sprawl.”

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 Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused.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]

One comment

  • Fawn Avant

    August 2, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    He’s the best person for the job! No hidden agenda, just doing the right thing by his constituents.

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