Osceola County native Brandon Arrington was elected to the County Commission in 2008, and is seeking your support for reelection. “It has been a great honor to represent Osceola County these last eight years. We, as a commission, have made some great strides, but there is still a lot of work to be done” stated Brandon. While serving as a Commissioner, the county has created the Florida Tech Farm with UCF, broke ground on a new Valencia Campus on Pleasant Hill, invested approximately $300 million in new road projects, and improvements such as resurfacing Pleasant Hill, construction of John Young Flyover, and the Osceola Parkway widening, also the construction of Poinciana Parkway. The county also negotiated a new contract with our trash haulers, to make curbside recycling a reality for Osceola while reducing the cost to residents.
Also, to meet the current and future needs of residents, Brandon has diligently worked to move forward the construction of Sunrail – a 61-mile commuter train in central Florida, the construction of a permanent health clinic to serve district 3, the widening of Poinciana Boulevard, and increased Lynx service to allow residents better access to and from their homes.
These past eight years Osceola County has placed a premium on operating effectively. By creating efficiencies such as Paperless Permitting, Osceola has been able to reduce cost and time for applicants and the county. Osceola County operates today with less employees than we had in 2005. Saving on operating costs has allowed Osceola to keep property taxes stable, while making much needed improvements to our infrastructure.
Brandon helped lobby for the creation of Osceola’s Expressway Authority, which led to the construction of Poinciana Parkway. This new way out of Poinciana will be the first leg in connecting I-4 to the turnpike through Poinciana. This has been a top priority and one that Brandon hopes to champion over the next four years.
Serving on the Public Safety Coordinating Council, Brandon understands the issues our first responders and court system face. That is why he has supported the creation of a new training facility for the sheriff. Osceola has also invested in a Central Receiving Facility, to allow for intake of those having addiction or mental health issues. This facility will allow for treatment as opposed to being incarcerated. Osceola has also begun the construction of a new fire station on Pleasant Hill Road, which will serve as the model for future stations.
He is a graduate of Osceola High School, where he met his wife Kristen, and he is also a graduate of Auburn University, “War Eagle”. Personal improvement is very important to Brandon, so other education and enrichment endeavors include Leadership Osceola, Political Leadership Institute, Certified County Commission Training, Advanced Commissioner Training, and MPO training. Outside of serving his community he enjoys spending his free time outdoors.
He is a member of the Rotary Club of Poinciana and a mentor for Take Stock in Children. He also served as the past chair for Alzheimer’s Walk in Kissimmee and helped fundraise for Cystic Fibrosis, Relay for Life, The Osceola Council on Aging, the YMCA, and is a proud participant in Read Across America. Brandon also works as the Executive Director for Osceola Arts, our local art agency.
Political advertisement paid for and approved by Brandon Arrington, Democrat for Osceola County Commission district 3.