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Candidate for Orange County Commissioner, Austin Arthur is an entrepreneur, an employer, a community advocate, and a former firefighter/paramedic. He and his brother founded Gymnastics USA, Florida’s largest gymnastics center, and also run Stars and Stripes Marketing Services, a full-stack marketing firm. Austin serves on multiple boards and charities, including Winter Garden Architectural Review and Historic Preservation Board, West Orange Habitat for Humanity, Challenge 22 to End Veteran Suicide, Central Florida YMCA, West Orange Scholarship Foundation, Eight Waves Children and Family Services, and others. Austin and his wife live in Winter Garden and have three young children.

 

As a successful entrepreneur who has created hundreds of jobs in Orange County, Austin will be the common sense, pro-jobs, pro-economic growth commissioner who will also prioritize safe neighborhoods, infrastructure and preserving our natural environment. Austin is running for District 1 Orange County Commissioner which represents the west side of Orange County.

 DANNY "DJ" CULBERSON

FOR WINTER GARDEN CITY COMMISSIONER

DISTRICT #2


I'm Danny "DJ" Culberson, and I'm thrilled to launch my campaign for City Commission, driven by a passion for service, a rich professional background, and a profound love for our city.

As a candidate for City Commissioner, I bring with me a passion for effective governance, a history of community engagement, and a vision that reflects the aspirations of Winter Garden's diverse and dynamic population. Together, we can build upon the foundations that make our city exceptional while embracing the opportunities that lie ahead.

This campaign is not just about policies and plans; it's about amplifying the voices of Winter Garden's residents. Your experiences, concerns, and dreams are the fuel that propels this campaign forward. I am eager to listen, learn, and work collaboratively to ensure that our city remains a wonderful place to live, work, and raise families.

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Sal Ramos for Oakland Mayor

Sal Ramos has been an active member of the West Orange community for over 25 years. He first served on the town’s Charter Committee and in 2015 he was elected as a Commissioner for the Town of Oakland. He is a board member of MetroPlan Orlando’s Municipal Advisory Committee and Honorary Board Member of Central Florida Council (CFC) Boys Scouts of America and is a recent recipient of the West Orange Golden Eagle Award and Best Small Business award at the Golden Orange Awards.

Commissioner Ramos started the family-owned business, Empire Finish Systems, along with his two partners, and siblings, Frank Ramos and Iliana R. Jones in 1995. Along with being a business owner and entrepreneur, Commissioner Ramos has been involved with many ministries and non-profit organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, BSA Troop 145, ORE Ethiopia and Love made Visible Ministries through Mosaic, Seeds of Hope Brazil, Home at Last (War Veterans Homes) in Oakland, Habitat Blitz Orlando, West Orange Habitat For Humanity including homes in Oakland and Winter Garden, and Love Out Loud with Just For HIM Ministries.

He has been a Deacon at Mosaic Church since 2007 and is passionate about Jesus Christ, his family, his business, the Town of Oakland, and serving others. He has been married to his wife Marivel for the past 24 years and they have four children.

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Iliana Jones for Winter Garden Commissioner

Iliana Ramos Jones is the Co-Owner and Chief Financial Officer of Empire Finish Systems, LLC, a Winter Garden, FL based company. As a graduate of the University of South Florida, Iliana obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

 

Iliana, is very active within our community.  She has been a member of her church Mosaic since 2008. She believes that being a good neighbor starts with helping others. Illiana’s passion has been focused on building community and helping under privileged families and children. She has been a long time supporter of Habitat for Humanity, Bloom and Grow and Legacy of Hope, a shelter for abused and abandoned children Honduras. Having been born in another country, Iliana believes there is no other country on earth like the U.S. and she is eternally grateful to be an American citizen. She moved to this country as a child and became a citizen in 1992. She can relate to the needs of underprivileged people, which is why she is so passionate about helping those in need.

 

As a successful business owner Iliana and her two brothers and business partners have created hundreds of jobs throughout Florida . As a commissioner, Iliana will put the needs of citizens first, prioritize safety, guard against dense and unwanted development, and help strengthen the hyperlocal economy by being pro-business. Above all, she will protect Winter Garden’s family oriented and small-town charm.

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