Updated: Jan 29
Scott Kennedy: “It’s time for new representation that is dedicated to District 1 and devoted exclusively to the concerns of our residents.”
Scott Kennedy, an 18-year resident of Ocoee, filed paperwork Friday, the first day of the city's election qualifying period, to run for District 1 Commissioner in the March 14 municipal elections. He is currently unopposed. Commissioner Larry Brinson, Sr. is not seeking re-election.
Kennedy, 54, named longtime friend Brad Lomneck, also from Ocoee, as his campaign manager and treasurer.
Kennedy is the chief financial officer for the Orlando-based building materials distributor R. S. Elliott Specialty Supply. He attended Evans High School in Pine Hills, received his B.S. in technical management from DeVry University and his M.B.A. from the university’s Keller Graduate School of Management. A consistent presence at city commission meetings, Kennedy serves as vice chair of Ocoee’s Planning and Zoning Commission, and last year, joined the city’s Human Relations Diversity Board before the city commission voted to restructure the board. (New members have not yet been named.)
For the past decade, Kennedy has also worked as president of the ForestBrooke homeowners’ association.
Kennedy sent VoxPopuli the following statement about his candidacy:
“On March 14th, 2023, District 1 will elect a new leader. District 1 has grown exponentially — far surpassing the expectations of many residents. This has brought challenges that have the potential to affect our home values, our tax bills, and our quality of life — they can threaten our dream. Growth in this part of the city has created different challenges than many of the more established areas.
“It’s time for new representation that is dedicated to District 1 and devoted exclusively to the concerns of our residents. I have an established record of applying common sense and good business principles to build consensus and solve problems. I have been a leading advocate for inclusion, inherent fairness and loyalty in our community — it’s what I call “playing for the home team!
“Many positions I have taken over the years were not popular with everyone at the time, but I listened and researched reasonable solutions, built agreement, and then executed them with passion and conviction. Our community has emerged from past challenges in a better position than many others, and along the way we set new standards for governance and community partnerships.”
The election qualifying period continues through Jan. 27.