Sip, Shop, Straw Poll

Mark the Date – Thursday, March 2 – 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

Sip, Shop, Straw Poll

CaptureJoin the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and the Park Avenue Merchants Association for an early evening stroll down Park Avenue. Tickets are $25 and they’re going fast.

Stroll, Sip, Shop & Snack

Twenty-five dollars entitles you to a wine glass, which you can refill as many times as you like at your favorite restaurants, cafes and shops. Be sure to stop by Park Avenue’s stylish eateries to sample their menu items while you shop and enjoy your wine. Note: You must be at least 21 years of age to attend.

Vote Early! Vote Often!

Wait! That’s not all! When you pick up your wine glass at the Winter Park Welcome Center on Lyman Avenue, you can also cast a straw ballot for your favorite candidate for Winter Park city commission. Will you vote for crime-fighting Navy vet Wes Naylor? Or side with Local Nerd Greg Seidel?

Do you have to live in Winter Park to vote? No. Do you have to be a registered voter — anywhere? No. Can you vote more than once? Yes. How many times can you vote? How many $25 checks do you have?

Does the Chamber of Commerce or the Winter Park Merchants Association have a favorite candidate? They’re not saying. Speaking for the Chamber, Vice President Erika Spence stated emphatically, “The Chamber does not endorse political candidates.”

Straw Votes Tallied at 7:00 pm

Folks from the Orange County Supervisor of Elections office will join the fun and tally the straw votes. The Straw Poll ends at 7:00, and the results will be announced by 8:00 pm. The cost of County participation will be covered by proceeds from the event. For once, this is not your tax dollars at work.

You won’t want to miss this event, which is sponsored by Allegro Senior Living.
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    By: Anne Mooney

    Anne Mooney has assumed the editorship of the Winter Park Voice from founding editor Tom Childers.

    Mooney got her start in New York as a freelance line editor for book publishers, among them Simon & Schuster and the Clarkson Potter division of Crown Books. From New York, she and her husband and their year-old toddler moved to Washington, D.C., where the two ran a newswire service for Harper’s magazine. “We called it Network News,” said Mooney, “because it was a network of the Harper’s writers, whose work we edited into newspaper style and format and sold to papers in the top U.S. and Canadian markets. We were sort of like a tiny UPI.”

    The newswire ceased operation with the death of Mooney’s first husband, but Mooney continued to write and edit, doing freelance work for Williams Sonoma cookbooks and for local publications in D.C.

    In 2005, Mooney moved to Winter Park, where she worked as a personal chef and wrote a regular food column for a south Florida magazine. She took an active interest in Winter Park politics and was there when the Winter Park Voice was founded. She wrote occasional pieces for the Voice, including the Childers bio that this piece replaces.

    The Winter Park Voice is one of a large number of “hyper-local” publications that have sprung up across the U.S. in response to the decline of the major daily newspapers and the resulting deficit of local news coverage. The Voice’sbeat is Winter Park City Hall, and its purpose is to help the residents of our city better understand the political forces that shape our daily lives.

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  1. Clink says:

    I could be wrong. But it appears to be a veiled Chamber promotion for Wes Naylor.

    Picture this.

    First you go to the Welcome Center and someone holding a Wes campaign sign is there waving it at you. Then next thing you know someone is wearing a Wes campaign shirt is holding a bottle of wine asking if you want some. Down the way, someone who has already obviously been drinking long before you started slurs at you that he’s voting for Wes. Then further along, another Wes “volunteer” with a bottle of wine asks if she can “top yours off” and reminds you to put in your “straw ballot” for Wes as she tugs on your arm insistently.

    When you get to one of the Park Avenue government surveillance cameras, another Wes supporter steps in your path and whispers in your ear, “Psssssssst.” You turn and he points upward saying, “See that camera? See it? I’m voting for Wes Naylor cause I want one of these babies right outside my bedroom window. That way if the bad guys get in my bedroom, the government will have it all on video.”

    When you say, “But what if the bad guys never get in your bedroom? Do you really want the government to know everything that goes on in and around your bedroom and your home?” He says, “Uh…you got a point,” as he sips the last few drops from his glass. “A VERY GOOD point.” Then he pauses, stares at the government camera and says, “You know what? I think I may vote for the NERD Greg Seidel instead.”

  2. j says:

    Vice President Erika Spence stated emphatically, “The Chamber does not endorse political candidates.”

    No, our members purchase them using hard to trace LLCs and out of state PACS…

    • Arrrrrr Matey says:

      Trump has his Vice President Pence and WP Chamber has its Vice President Spence! Unbelievable.

      Wes Naylor is claiming victory today in Thursday’s straw poll 43-39. If the ballot counting reported was correct, it’s actually pretty good news for Commissioner Greg Seidel.

      Naylor, even with his huge campaign war chest loaded with treasure, could only summon a measly 43 recruits to revelry yesterday? This was supposed to be Wes Naylor’s big wipe out victory so that he could show everyone that he was still Captain Crunch!

      Instead Wes Naylor barely eeked out a token straw poll win by a margin thinner than a single ribbon on his dress whites, by what arguably is his main base of support in this race – development-oriented Chamber supporters. Had the weather been fairer, Seidel might have even come out on top, in a stunning upset!

      With now less than two weeks to Winter Park’s election day, Naylor may feel like taking a couple dramamine as Seidel’s high waves continue to plummet Naylor’s reeling campaign ship. Will Naylor make his campaign skipper walk the plank? These are uncharted waters for Captain Naylor and Polaris, the North Star, may be his only remaining means of navigation on the 2017 Winter Park City Commission campaign high seas.

      Yo ho!


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