Candidate Name
  Asima Azam
Profile Picture
   

Asima Azam

District
  DISTRICT 3
Educational Background (limit 75 words)
  1. Education
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY WASHINGTON COLLEGE OF LAW Washington, D.C. May 2003
Juris Doctor
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI Coral Gables, FL May 2000
Bachelor of Arts
2. BAR ADMISSIONS
Florida Bar September 2003
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida April 2004
United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit July 2005
Current Occupation
  ATTORNEY
Age
  38
Civic Organizations (limit 75 words)
  METROPLAN ORLANDO CITIZEN ADVISORY BOARD February 2015-present  
CITY OF ORLANDO BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT January 2014 –March 2015
ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS September 2004-January 2010
Member at Large; Vice Chairman of the Board
POLITICAL LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE GRADUATE February 2008
Orlando Regional Chamber
ROTARY-ORLANDO BREAKFAST CLUB September 2003-present  
Club President in 2009, Board Member 2007-2011
ORANGE COUNTY CITIZEN’S REVIEW PANEL September 2003-June 2004
Board member
What are the three top challenges facing the Orlando City Council? Briefly describe how you would address these challenges. (limit 150 words)
  Orlando’s population is expected to double within the next 15 years. Rapid growth brings benefits and burdens. We are enjoying new creative restaurants, unique local shops and expansion of urban trails and bike paths. However, leadership in the next 10 years must also manage the pains that come with growth. The top three challenges facing the Orlando City Council are: 
1. Stretching our public safety budget and resources to insure that fire and police can respond to and adequately serve the expanding population. 
2. Insuring we grow mindfully and approve new development in a manner that mitigates adverse impact on the surrounding neighborhoods; and 
3. Commit to expanding our public transport options so they are more usable for working people. This includes connectivity to neighborhoods and expansion of times within which they run. We must invest in our transportation infrastructure, and use our roads more efficiently.
What is your experience working with large budgets, revenue shortfalls, and oversight? (limit 150 words)
  Professionally, I have spent the last 14 years representing 100’s of homeowner and condominium associations, as their attorney. These communities operate as small municipalities with annual budgets that must account for infrastructure maintenance, common amenity or park area maintenance, insurance, capital improvements, security and more. I work with these communities to plan budgets to cover estimated expenditures, create reserve accounts for future maintenance of infrastructure and capital improvements and finally establish annual maintenance dues to cover these expenses. We have dealt with budget shortfalls due to casualties or hurricanes and also had some communities with surpluses where we can evaluate how to improve the community. In some cases, these community budgets exceed a million dollars. This professional experience has prepared me well for working with budgeting at a City level.
What are three things “going right” for Orlando? How will you continue forward progress? (limit 150 words)
  After Pulse, Orlando embraced a culture of love and tolerance. We are a community that does not just welcome diversity, but promotes and celebrates it. That “culture” is the most important aspect of what is going right in Orlando right now. I also love what the City is doing with its Greenworks program. Regardless, of what happens at the national level in this Country, we as a City have decided we want to move in the direction of sustainability- conserving this planet and its resources and we have adopted goals to increase our sustainability in all City operations. Lastly, from my involvement in Metroplan, I have seen that all of the regions transportation authorities are moving towards making Orlando a City that relies less on vehicular travel. There are sustainability and quality of life goals that can be achieved by moving in this direction, and we must continue that path.
How do you propose to increase civic engagement? (limit 150 words)
  My campaign is running on the concept of accessible and accountable leadership. I have spent the last 9 months meeting with and talking to voters about where leadership is currently lacking. The overwhelming answer is responsive representation. I propose monthly coffees, in a rotation through all of the neighborhoods of District 3 where voters are encouraged to casually discuss thoughts on improvement in constituent services and specific “wish list” items for infrastructure improvement. Those ideas can be formalized and citizens can be invited to participate in how the District 3 discretionary budget is spent annually.
Campaign Email
  voteasimaazam@gmail.com
Campaign Website
  https://www.asimaazamfororlando.com
Campaign Facebook
  AsimaAzamDistrict3
Campaign Twitter
  @AsimaAzamDist3
Campaign Instagram
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Campaign Telephone
  (407) 375-8383
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