University of Florida-Bachelor of Science in Accounting
University of Florida College of Law-J.D. with Honors (Owned my own CPA business to pay for law school)
Former Adjunct Professor of Accounting at UCF
Civic Organizations (limit 75 words)
Fmr Orlando City Commissioner Fmr Chair Orlando Community and Youth Services; Fmr President and Treasurer- CF CPA’s; Delaney Park Neighborhood Assn, Employee Benefit Council and Orlando Rotary Bkfst Club;
Fmr VP Blankner Fdtn; Fmr Treasurer Pack 168;
Leadership Orlando; Big Brothers/Big Sisters;
Provided free legal services to community organizations like Families Against Drugs, Aids Will Project and Homeless Coalitio
What will be your 3 most urgent issues? (limit 150 words)
1. My first priority will be to ensure an orderly transition from the previous administration. Retiring Comptroller, Martha Haynie, has done an outstanding job. l want to make sure the current staff knows I respect the work they’ve been doing and that I intend to sustain the same high standards for service and professionalism that they adhere to today.
2. Protecting taxpayer’s dollars is the Comptroller’s top responsibility. The County’s budget will be 3.6 Billion dollars next year — more than some states. I will undertake a detailed review of the County’s finances from both the revenue and expense side and seek to prioritize areas in need of deeper examination or audit.
3. The Comptroller performs operational audits of county departments. I will also examine the impact regulations or procedures have on citizens or businesses to ensure they are still useful and needed in their current form.
In November, Orange County voters will vote on whether to adopt a charter measure to establish new rules on how to spend revenue raised by the Tourist Development Tax (TDT). Are you in favor of or do you oppose this charter measure? Why or why not? (limit 150 words)
At its last meeting, the Charter Review Commission chose not to place this on the ballot. However, I believe in transparency and open government. Therefore, I would support a well-crafted ordinance that will enhance transparency and accountability with respect to the Tourist Development Tax.
As the Comptroller for Orange County, you will be the chief steward of finances. What measures do you support to ensure transparency and the wise use of the county’s revenue? (limit 150 words)
I can’t think of any part of government where transparency is more important than in the management of public funds. I am completely committed to ensuring the Office of County Comptroller epitomizes transparency both in spirit and practice.
When I served as an Orlando City Commissioner, I was described in the media as a “financial watchdog” because I consistently questioned and voted against unnecessary or excessive spending and deals that didn’t make sense for the taxpayers. I know that’s among the reasons why the retiring Comptroller, Martha Haynie, has endorsed my candidacy and is actively supporting me.
I believe I am well-suited to the role of County “watchdog” and am prepared to take on that responsibility on Day 1.