HELP US KEEP REPORTING. DONATE TO ORLANDO WEEKLY PRESS CLUB.

Fall Guide 2009 - Civics 


The mayoral horse race

There are a bevy of candidates vying for Orange County mayor next year — the primary is Aug. 24, and the general election is Nov. 2 — and all of them think they'll win, but most are deluding themselves. And a year out, we're willing to take bets on who the victor will be. So allow us to handicap next year's most important campaign.

As of this writing, six people have declared their candidacy. Another pol is expected to toss her hat in the ring, so we'll include her too. That's seven. Here they are, in descending order of likelihood to win.

Akinyemi Agbede: 5,000-to-1 Rule of thumb: If no one knows who you are, you're a long shot. If no one knows who you are and you have a foreign-sounding name, give up.

Reinaldo Vazquez: 1,000-to-1 At least this guy has a Facebook page. Of course, it's in Spanish and he only has 26 fans (as of this writing), so he's got something of an uphill climb if he wants to win anything west of State Road 436.

Tim Adams: 800-to-1 A perennial candidate for various offices, and a perennial loser.

Matthew Falconer: 500-to-1 Orange County has a lot of crazy, but there aren't enough teabaggers to push Falconer over the finish line.

Mildred Fernandez: 50-to-1 She's not officially in yet, but the Orange County commissioner is showing interest. She has some support in the Hispanic community, but can barely string together a coherent sentence.

Linda Stewart: 10-to-1 This county commissioner has always surprised her detractors with tenacity, but this may prove too steep a hill. Stewart is intelligent, progressive and almost effervescent, but a win here would be one hell of an upset. Her odds get better if Fernandez opts out.

Bill Segal: 2-to-1 If Segal, another Orange County commissioner, loses, it will be because he screwed up. A developer, booze aficionado and wiseass, Segal's also hooked up to the big power brokers. Watch for him to rack up huge contributions and spend everyone else out of the race.

— Jeffrey C. Billman

feedback@orlandoweekly.com

Tags:

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 21, 2020

View more issues

Calendar

© 2020 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation