I see “Welcome” on the new sign at Vick and Martin at the high school, now if you also add “to Apopka” you will have it because I know there was talk about a “Welcome to Apopka” sign, and this is so close to it, and you almost have it! Christine, you listening? Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter March 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Reply Please enter your comment! Our Vincent Van Gogh art billboard on 436 at the Sunoco gas station is gone the wayside, replaced by a $ 1.49 chicken nugget billboard. So much for our classic art master and “The potato eating people”…….by Vincent Van Gogh. 4 COMMENTS Mama Mia March 24, 2017 at 11:36 am Mama Mia Reply Mama Mia March 23, 2017 at 2:21 pm Note – Within hours of each other last week, Mayor Joe Kilsheimer and Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson announced their candidacies for the Apopka Mayoral election, which is approximately one year away.And with those two high-profile announcements, the Apopka political season officially began. For the next four days, The Apopka Voice will analyze four 2018 election contests that will most catch the attention of the community – Apopka Mayor, Apopka City Commission (seats #1 and #2), and the Orange County Commission (Seat #2). TAV will reach out to the 25 people we believe might run for those four offices, and confirm if they are going to be a candidate or sit this election cycle out. Today we focus on the race for Apopka mayor.25 people who might run for office in ApopkaPart One: The race for mayorOpinion/AnalysisJohn Land vs. Joe Kilsheimer.It was an epic, historic election, but do you remember the other two candidates in the 2014 mayoral election?Kilsheimer defeated Land 3,352 (54.5%) – 2,803 (45.5%) in the runoff election, but in the general election, there were two other candidates – Glen Chancy (482 votes 9.7%), and Gregg Phillips (208 votes 4.2%). Those two longshots garnered enough votes to force the Land – Kilsheimer runoff.In 2018, Mayor Kilsheimer vs. Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson has all the earmarks of an equally epic battle.Neither Kilsheimer nor Nelson has ever lost an election. Both have high name recognition in Apopka. Both will likely be well-funded. Both go in with a large base of voters.But will they run this race alone?Apopka Mayor Joe KilsheimerOrange County Commissioner Bryan NelsonThe Apopka Voice contacted Chancy and Phillips, but neither responded by the time of publication. Neither Clancy nor Phillips has stayed connected to Apopka politics or made any reference to a run in 2018. Their decision to run for office would be a surprise.Perhaps the most credible challengers to Kilsheimer and Nelson would be two current commissioners who defeated incumbents in 2016 – Doug Bankson and Kyle Becker. However, credible isn’t the same as prudent, and both Bankson and Becker showed no interest in a 2018 run in their statements.“I have no plans to do so (run for mayor),” said Bankson. “I am still in my first year (as an Apopka City Commissioner) and intend to fulfill my commitment to the voters of Apopka who entrusted me with this responsibility. It’s been an honor to serve, and I believe before I would look to do anything else it would be beneficial to all to gain the experience afforded in this office. I love our city and am content to serve and champion our common goals.”For similar reasons, Becker will remain in his current position as a city commissioner.“I am proudly serving my fellow Apopka residents as Commissioner of Seat 4,” said Becker. “I look forward to fulfilling my 4-year commitment and can confirm I will not seek election in our city’s Mayoral race.”Certainly with Election Day a little less than a year away, other prospects may emerge. A lot can happen in politics in that amount of time. However, in considering Kilsheimer and Nelson’s stature, name recognition, and success in local elections, the likelihood is they may have cleared the field and will go head-to-head in 2018.Tomorrow: Part Two – The race for Apopka City Commission/ Seat #1. I thought for sure Alice Nolan was going to run for a city council seat. I know…..Alice is going to run for Bryan Nelson’s Orange County seat!!!….right Alice??? Mama Mia March 24, 2017 at 11:39 am Gene Knight Jr…..if you get elected on the city council and a heated discussion breaks out, will you feel bad if I jump up and yell, “You all are a bunch of idiots! ” and run for the door??? LOL Reply Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 TAGSApopka Mayoral Race Previous articleTen Reasons to Use Natural GasNext articleLawmakers aim to create jobs by cutting red-tape Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.