“You give back to others, you offer your time, you join committees, you work in a public service field. It is something I have never regretted.’’ –Mary Jane Arrington
Community involvement was a frequent topic of conversation at the dinner table, when Supervisor of Elections Mary Jane Arrington was growing up.
Her mother, a school teacher, was very involved in community issues and she passed her passion for the work onto her only daughter.
“Being involved where you lived was just something you did,’’ Arrington said. “It is what makes you a part of the community. You give back to others, you offer your time, you join committees, you work in a public service field. It is something I have never regretted.’’
It is also something she has passed on to two of her four children. Her oldest daughter is a City Manager in a neighboring city, and her son, Brandon Arrington, is County Commissioner.
“I am very proud of all of my children. All four of them are involved with various groups and events. I would like to think they got their love of their communities from me. Just like when I was growing up, it is what they heard about when they were growing up,’’ Arrington said.
Arrington is proud of her public service record. She started her career in the public arena 45 years ago when she first moved to Osceola County, by working in her children’s schools and serving on numerous community organization boards and committees.
She entered the government arena in 1994 when she was the first woman to be elected to the Osceola County Board of County Commissioners. She served as a County Commissioner until 2002, during which time she also served as Commission Chairman, yet another first. After her time on the commission she continued her groundbreaking ways by going on to be one of the founding members of the Toho Water Authority. She served as a Toho Water Authority Board member until 2008 when she handily won the election for Supervisor of Elections.
Setting milestones is something Mary Jane continues to do to this day only now in her capacity as the Osceola County Supervisor of Elections. She has worked diligently to enhance the services provided to voters as well as cutting the Elections Office budget by more than 25 percent while Supervisor.
Arrington has also brought the latest technologic advances in equipment to the Elections Office, and streamlined procedures making the voting process easier and more enjoyable for voters. She takes great pride in making sure all elections are conducted in a fair, impartial, and non-partisan manner. All elections are transparent and the utmost care is taken to protect the rights of voters.
She is one of only 800 nationally certified elections professionals and is also a Florida Certified Election Professional Master. She still remains very active in the community by serving on the Osceola County YMCA Board of Directors, as well as on the Executive Board of the Central Florida YMCA. She is also a very dedicated and involved member of the First United Methodist Church of Kissimmee.
She has been married to the love of her life, Curtis, for 48 years and is the extremely proud grandmother to three grandsons.
She has a mantra she lives her life by: “I live each day to accomplish something, not merely just to exist.’’