Candidate Name
   Sunshine L. Grund
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Sunshine L. Grund

Educational Background (limit 75 words)
   Go Knights! Earned a Master of Nonprofit Management at UCF in the college of health and public affairs. Also have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from UCF; attended Valencia to earn Associate of Arts. Went to a couple of high schools in Central Florida (Deltona and Leesburg) as well as Minnesota (Park Rapids and Winona). Believe that education is and should be a lifelong pursuit for all.
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Civic Organizations (limit 75 words)
   Civic organizations make the world go around. The most important organization is the home; civic service should start and flow from there. As a family we go to Summit Church and do Nice Serve-it is a morning of service throughout the community. Have coached children sports at the YMCA. Service to country is important and a veteran of the Minnesota Army National Guard. Support PTA organizations and advocacy for children.
What are the three top challenges facing the Orlando City Council? Briefly describe how you would address these challenges. (limit 150 words)
   Safety. Strength. Sustainable Growth. The city council is tasked with governing the city and the task is not always pretty. While there are pretty slogans and phrases the truth is taking out the trash is one of the essential services of the city. Each and every aspect should be done with the highest level of aptitude and the area that should always be faced full force is the safety of our citizens. Neighbors share of twenty-eight minute response rates with the police. This is unacceptable and displays that an evaluation and perhaps more support must be considered. When our communities are secure we can attract those with talent to our area. A strong economy is vital; people will always be our greatest asset and we must ensure that as we grow we are able to sustain services. Environmental impact would be a priority and preservation would be paramount.
What is your experience working with large budgets, revenue shortfalls, and oversight? (limit 150 words)
   Budgets big and small have one thing in common-they have to be balanced. Through the years I have gained experience mastering this skill in numerous environments. Graduate level education provided the framework for financial literacy. Consulting with nonprofits on building budgets and pinching pennies provided insight. Project and resource development as a professional provided abundant amounts of opportunity in ensuring budgets were managed accordingly. Volunteering through the years as a board member is a financial responsibility in the literal and legal sense. When I served as a board member on Community Based Care of Seminole they went from serving one region to all of Central Florida; the budget was multimillion.
What are three things “going right” for Orlando? How will you continue forward progress? (limit 150 words)
   People. Productivity. Peace. At the core of what makes Orlando great is the diversity of the people that make up our community. The strength of our society is the attraction and retention of smart and strong citizens. Continued progress revolves around safeguarding all are considered in the development of our region; diversity ensures the municipal has the strength to endure. Inclusiveness is key. If elected I would only serve one term of four years and support a two term limit. There are many justifications for this; currently there is no term limit for the council. I would work hard to promote involvement and seek more representation throughout our government. Succession is important and my purpose is to plant the seeds for improvement. Our city is not about one person and more about our collective evolvement.
How do you propose to increase civic engagement? (limit 150 words)
   “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” are the wonderful words of Martin Luther King. So in line with that dream, I dream of a day when my four children will live in a nation where their public participation is not based on campaign currency but the content of character. I will foster an environment to take money out of politics and the thought that civic engagement is only for those “with.” I AM leading by example. Inclusiveness would be synonymous with service. Walking neighborhoods, face time, and service in the community are staples. Civic engagement is a priority of the campaign and would be continuous as commissioner.
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   (407) 917-1022