The Straw Polls are in!

Sanford Chamber of Commerce
Straw Poll Results—August 7, 2014

Congressional District 5
Glo Smith                            108
Thuy Long                             67
Corrine Brown                     52
Congressional District 7                
John Mica                            135
David Smith                          69
Wes Neuman                      25
Don Dehlrich                          5
Al Krulick                                  5
Kelly Shirley                            3
Florida Governor
Rick Scott                             151
Charlie Crist                          69
Nan Rich                                  8
Elizabeth Cuevas-Neu        7
Adrian Wyllie                         6
Attorney General
Pam Bondi                          163
George Sheldon                                 32
Perry Thurston                                    26
Bill Wohlsifer                        11
Florida CFO
Jeff Atwater                       177
William Rankin                     47
Commissioner of Agriculture
Adam Putnam                   163
Thaddeus Hamilton           62
Florida Senate District 10
David Simmons                 192
Walter Osborne                                  33
State Representative District 28
Jason Brodeur                   124
Kathryn Townsend            65
Franklin Perez                     30
State Representative District 29
Scott Plakon                       156
Mike Clelland                       73
State Representative District 30
Scott Sturgill                         96
Bob Cortes                            78
Karen Castor-Dental         50
Seminole County Commissioner District 2
John Horan                         161
Jorge Martos                       47
Circuit Court Judge 13
George Paulk                       86
Samuel Bookhardt III        72
Christina Sanchez               61
Circuit Court Judge 14
Brooke Deretany Goldfarb          133
Robin Lemonidis                                 73
Circuit Court Judge 19
Susan Stacy                        163
Donna Goerner                                  33
Mitch Krause                       29
Circuit Court Judge 23
John Moser                          85
Nancy Maloney                                  61
Maurice Arcadier               56
Seminole County Judge Group 6
Jerri Collins                           97
Alex Finch                             57
Sandra Rivera                      50
Seminole School Board District 1
Jeff Bauer                             92
Rich Sloane                           82
Frank Curcio                         41
Seminole School Board District 2
Karen Almond                   140
Gracia Miller                         85
Mayor, City of Sanford
Jeff Triplett                         162
Robert Kuhn                        35
William Robinson               10
Commissioner, City of Sanford District 1
Charles Davis                       82
Mark McCarty                     57
Art Woodruff                       46


An article of sweet success: The 2016 Hob Nob

Thank you to all that attended, all who made this Hob Nob a major success!

On Thursday evening, business leaders and community residents came out to fill the Sanford Civic Center for The Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce 2016 Last Hoorah Hob Nob. The event was billed as Central Florida’s Sweetest Political Meet & Greet.

According to Chamber President/CEO Frank Hale, “Hob Nob provides a great way for candidates and citizens to come together in one place to speak face to face. The result is attendees who are more informed and candidates who get to hear directly from the electorate. It serves each of us and our community in both the short and long-term.”

 The Hob Nob, made possible by presenting sponsor Central Florida Regional Hospital and along with additional sponsors--Bright House Networks,  PRO-TECH Air Conditioning and Plumbing, AMACREATIONS, Fire House Subs Lake Mary, Florida Power and Light, Look Local, P.S., I Got This Event Planning, Kathryn Townsend State Republican Committee Woman and Tillis Pest Control.

 According to one attendee, We were impressed by the professional approach and all-American feel for the event. I had an opportunity to meet candidates whose signs I had seen but didn’t know anything about. It also provided an opportunity to ask questions of candidates for the same offices at the same event.

 Michael O’Brien, owner of The Corner Café in downtown Sanford said, “The turnout of both candidates and residents was heartwarming. The ability to interact with both was enlightening for me and further ignited my interest in the outcome of the upcoming elections.”

 Attendees and participants enjoyed sweets and desserts provided by The Corner Café, The Father’s Table, Colonial Room Restaurant, Edible Arrangements, Firehouse Subs and P.S. I Got This, among others. Hale said, “It was a beautifully presented display of decadence that was a hit with all of the attendees.” The opportunity to enjoy so much dessert before eating dinner was great.”

The Hob Nob included a “Straw Poll”, conducted by Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Michael Ertel. Attendees were provided with an opportunity to complete a ballot comprised of candidates for each office. The results were provided to the attendees at the end of the evening.

 The Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce is an organization of business professionals working to improve business and community. We provide tools and resources for business while and addressing challenges that face business and the broader community.  The Chamber provides networking, promotional opportunities and a proactive voice for business and community in Sanford and throughout Seminole, West Volusia and Orange counties. 
 The Chamber encourages all residents to VOTE in the upcoming election cycle. Hale said, “elections in a democracy are important to our future success, collectively we elect candidates to make important decisions that impact each of us and our communities every day.”

To learn more about the Chamber and how you can support our efforts visit:, or call 407.322.2212.