Candidate Q&A: Orange County Mayor

In a Q&A with the Observer, Jerry Demings, Chris Messina, Tony Sabb and Kelly Semrad answered questions about their plans and priorities for the role.

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Before the Aug. 23 primary, the Observer will be publishing Q&As featuring candidates in key races that will appear on ballots in West Orange and Southwest Orange.

This week, we introduce the candidates for Orange County mayor.

Incumbent Jerry Demings faces three challengers, Chris Messina, Tony Sabb and Kelly Semrad.

Candidate Q&As

Jerry Demings

Chris Messina

Tony Sabb

Kelly Semrad 




Annabelle Sikes

News Editor Annabelle Sikes was born in Boca Raton and moved to Orlando in 2018 to attend the University of Central Florida. She graduated from UCF in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in sociology. Her past journalism experiences include serving as a web producer at the Orlando Sentinel, a reporter at The Community Paper, managing editor for NSM Today, digital manager at Centric Magazine and as an intern for the Orlando Weekly.