The most important Orlando-centric election issues for 2022

The 2022 midterms are upon us, and as we continue to wade into the post pandemic reality of living in Orlando, our vision isn’t what it once was in 2018, and that means our priorities are different this time around.

What are the most important issues at each level this year? Here is what I can measure from talking to our neighbors. And I’m talking about moderate, casual voters, who aren’t necessarily nightly cable news watchers and have broader priorities

Congress: Economic certainty: We’re all feeling the pain at the pump and our wallets. It doesn’t matter if you’re a business owner with a fleet of vehicles, or a mother of 3 trying to get the kids to school. We’re going to be voting with our bank accounts this year when it comes to Washington, and we want reassurances that we’re heading in the right direction or if we need to make some changes.

State legislature: A district specific agenda. The truth is that many voters still don’t know who their state senators and representatives are. They’re not even sure when the legislature is in session or what they’re doing until the bill is signed and makes headlines. What they do want is to know how their community plays into that mess in Tallahassee and how their representation is effecting the direction of the state. Different communities have different priorities and value systems but they all want their elected leaders to make an impact.

Local Government: Smart growth and stress free daily living (for real this time). We’ve been hearing about smart growth for decades. And we never got it done. We didn’t build our infrastructure to accommodate this rapid growth after letting developers call the shots, and now everything is overcrowded. Residents want municipal candidates that will use their tax dollars to keep them safe and to allow them to live their lives as stress free as possible.

Supporting someone they can remember: I’ve been mentioning this a lot this week. There are a lot of people running for office. They have to remember you. If you’re down ballot, you’ve got to make a memorable impression to link to everything we’ve talked about. Or else you’re just going to fade into the pack with everyone else.

They have to remember you to vote for you! It’s common sense but too many campaigns will contently blend in and be promptly defeated.

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