I'm sure many of you have heard of the recent scandal with Mayor Buddy Dyer's 17-year-old son Drew.
According to police, Drew was driving his mom's car at 1am on a Sunday, ran a stop sign, jumped a curb and ran right into the back of a home in College Park causing $15-$20,000 worth of damages.
The homeowner told police Drew knocked on the door, told the homeowner he would pay for the damages, left his mom's car there and ran in the opposite direction as his (also shirtless) male passenger.
By the time the cops arrived, (shirtless) Drew and his (shirtless) passenger were gone. The cops are calling it a 'hit and run'.
The police chief himself showed up at the scene to 'be sure everything was done by the book' of course. We wouldn't want the mayor's son to get special treatment.
That's the back story. Here's an 'excerpt' of the email I got after we did our news segment on the show yesterday:
"I want the mayor to be my Daddy too. It's not that difficult if you have the cash. Maybe I'll ask him to run so I can do whatever I want. Must be nice..."
Well, in true Yo Laura fashion, I got to thinking...
What does it take to run for Mayor anyway? Truth is...not much. Here's what I found:
Sec. 1-1. Requirements for Qualification as Candidate for Office of Mayor-Commissioner or City Commissioner.
(a) Each candidate for the Office of Mayor-Commissioner or District Commissioner of the City of Orlando shall have been, at the time of qualifying as a candidate for such office, both a bona fide resident of the City of Orlando and a registered elector of the City of Orlando for at least one year prior to the date of qualifying to run for City office.
(So, you have to live in Orlando and be registered to vote in Orlando for at least a year...CHECK)
Qualifying Fee – 3% of Salary....2% goes to City of Orlando....1% to State of Florida
The 2% may be waived by using the Alternative Method of Qualifying, i.e obtaining signatures of 25% of 3% of the registered electors in the City of Orlando (112,207) or 842 signatures.(Section 100.111(3)(c) Florida Statutes)
The 1% State Election Assessment may be waived by the candidate swearing under oath that he/she is unable to pay the fee without imposing an undue burden on personal resources or on resources otherwise available. (Section 99.093(2) Florida Statutes)
(Money...3% of your salary. Or ZERO dollars if you can get 842 of your Facebook friends to sign something and swear under oath that you don't have the extra dough to spare)
Seems pretty easy to me...running for Mayor that is, not being Mayor. That actually sounds quite exhausting and boring.
And even though you can technically run for Mayor with no money, we all know what gets people actually elected and that is MONEY. Campaigns are ridiculously expensive.
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