Election 2016

Campaign Season in Full Swing

Invitations to campaign fundraisers follow close on the heels of kickoff parties, with the holidays barely behind us. The race for Commission is ON. Lambrine Macejewski challenges Carolyn Cooper for Seat #3, and Peter Weldon will oppose Tom McMacken for Seat #4.

WP Voice Needs Your Help

We are requesting that when you receive an email or a flier from a candidate, please scan front and back and email it to the Voice at editor@winterparkvoice.com  We will eliminate any reference to your name, address or other identifying information before we publish.

The Voice will use this information to post a chronology of communications from each candidate. When you are forming your voting decisions, whether you are filling out your absentee ballot or going to the polls, it may be helpful to review each candidate’s position on the issues.

Phone Polls

If you receive a phone call about the candidates or the issues, please record it if you can. Remember, you should always get the consent of all parties before recording any telephone conversation or any in-person conversation that common sense tells you is private. We will post a link so others can listen. If you need assistance, email editor@winterparkvoice.com or call 407-671-2964. There will be someone to assist you.

Some voters report they have already received one political phone call, though when the pollster was asked the origin of the call, neither he nor his supervisor could provide that information. According to the Orange County Division of Elections, if the pollsters make fewer than 1,000 calls and the duration of the calls exceeds two minutes, the call is presumed to be a “political poll,” and no disclosure is required.

This poll solicited Winter Park voters’ opinions of Congressman John Mica, Mayor Steve Leary, candidates Peter Weldon and Lambrine Macejewski, and Commissioners Tom McMacken and Carolyn Cooper. The pollster then asked closely worded questions about issues such as the Historic Preservation ordinance, the Dog Park and development in Winter Park, which could have been a reference to the Carlisle.

Attend a Candidate Forum

In addition to campaign coverage in local media, there will be four candidate forums where you can see the candidates square off in person.

Tuesday, February 9, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Sun Trust Auditorium, Crummer Hall, 1000 Holt Ave.

Hosted by Rollins College Democracy Project and WPRK


Wednesday, February 10, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Winter Park Community Center, 721 W. New England Ave.

Hosted by Winter Park Voice


Friday, February 12, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Winter Park Welcome Center, 151 W. Lyman Ave.

Hosted by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce


Friday, February 19, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Winter Park Public Library, 460 E. New England Ave.

Hosted by the Winter Park Public Library

Absentee Ballots

To request or check the status of your absentee ballot, visit www.ocfelections.com  or call the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office: 407-836-2070.

Most Important: VOTE on March 15, 2016.

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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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