Orlando City Commissioner candidate Lawanna Gelzer is currently distributing her fourth piece of campaign literature to voters ahead of the November 3rd municipal elections. Gelzer is running against incumbent District 6 Commissioner Sam Ings.
Gelzer thanked the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which represents city employees as well as healthcare workers, for their major endorsement in the City Council race. “Thank you SEIU for believing in me,” Gelzer says in the literature along with a photo of her with SEIU workers.
Civil rights attorney Natalie Jackson, who has been at the center of some of the most high-profile legal disputes in Central Florida including several current cases, also expressed her endorsement. “Lawanna cares about our community and will fight for it,” Jackson says of Gelzer. “She has spent the time and has done the work of documenting the issues and researching the potential solutions in this community.”
Gelzer has been extremely active in organizing and speaking out on excessive force, police relations and brutality cases. She has been one of the only leading community leaders pressuring City Hall for transparency and accountability. She has also raised media awareness on these issues.
Gelzer included several other endorsements from members of the community.
“Lawanna is honest and is always willing to work and help her community,” says Pat Slade, a retired healthcare worker who organized with SEIU 1199. “Lawanna is our voice for District 6.”
“Lawanna is committed to representing all residents and by far one of the most honest, fair and informed person I have known,” adds local resident Alzona Jones. “She is committed to representing all residents.”
“Her passion and dedication is what she will bring to the people of District 6,” Gelzer’s mother tells voters.
On the reverse side of the endorsements, Gelzer hit Ings’ record and blasted the incumbent Commissioner for being a “puppet for Mayor Dyer’s destructive agenda.” Gelzer calls out Ings remaining silent on the numerous Orlando police excessive force cases. The piece also hits Ings for voting to raise property taxes by 17.7%, mismanaging tax dollars and paying known absentee ballot brokers. In a previous campaign mailer, Gelzer slammed Ings’ excessive spending and labeled the incumbent Commissioner “Spending Sam.”
Here’s a copy of the latest Gelzer campaign literature: