Candidate Name
  Ericka Dunlap
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Ericka Dunlap

Educational Background (limit 75 words)
  Boone High School – 2000
University of Central Florida – 2005; Bachelors of Arts – Public Relations & Advertising
Current Occupation
  Public Relations Consultant
Civic Organizations (limit 75 words)
  Founder – Crown Jewel Foundation 
Member – League of Women Voters 
Member – Florida Hospital Circle of Friends
Member – National Association of Professional Women 
Member – National Congress of Black Women 
Executive Member – Greater Orlando American Heart Association 
Member – Orange County Black Caucus 
Member – Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc
Secretary – Clear Lake Cove HOA 
Member – Orange County NAACP
What are the three top challenges facing the Orlando City Council? Briefly describe how you would address these challenges. (limit 150 words)
  Affordable Housing – My goal is to ease barriers to building new affordable rental housing developments that will be sustainable for the decades ahead as well as promoting increased homeownership the SHIP Housing Assistance for First time Homebuyers. 
Protection of Union Rights – We must increase opportunities for District 5 families to find full time employment with meaningful work at a liveable wage.
Transportation & Infrastructure – I will support the completion of Ultimate I4 Project along with further initiatives to make Orlando’s roads more bike and walk friendly. I would like to see the rates of pedestrian fatalities decrease to ensure an additional layer of public safety for children who walk to school and tourists who are visiting our many attractions.
What is your experience working with large budgets, revenue shortfalls, and oversight? (limit 150 words)
  I currently work with large budgets as a Board Member for Heritage Health Solutions, which provides pharmacy first fill prescription services to more than one million military veterans at over 700 VA medical clinic locations across the country; and locally, I have served as a member of the UCF Alumni Association Board of Directors as well as a member of the Go Red Executive Leadership Team for the Greater Orlando Heart Association, managing the fundraising efforts and annual budget analysis for over $4 million, collectively. 
My goal is to support a balanced City Budget as well as ensure that District 5 has transparent discretionary spending that will serve the entirety of the District.
What are three things “going right” for Orlando? How will you continue forward progress? (limit 150 words)
  1. I am proud to say that our OCPS promotion and graduation rates have improved throughout the District and countywide, and I hope to continue raising the bar for scholastic achievement within the District as well as providing resources to recruit, retain and reward the best teachers for our schools. 
2. Orlando is committed to clean and renewable energy, and I too believe in promoting a clean and healthy environment for residents to reduce the impact of climate change in our area.
3. The various Wastewater and Lift Station rehabilitations and Streets & Stormwater quality improvements being made throughout the city are a major benefit the urban core development as well as optimizing efficiencies throughout Orlando.
How do you propose to increase civic engagement? (limit 150 words)
  I believe that we should think “inside the box” and provide pathways of support for current organizations to increase participation through online tools helping to popularize civic involvement by hosting virtual town halls, online surveys and news, and real-time conversations that both quickly educate and genuinely solicit feedback with responsible social media use. Also the traditional outreach approach is tried and true, but I would like to see more millennial commitment to community service and I will be focused on making this a priority for heightened call to action and civic engagement.
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  (407) 494-2588