Apopka Mayor John Land, believed to be the nation’s oldest and Florida’s longest-serving mayor, wants another four years.
Land, who turned 93 in November, will seek his 20th term as mayor of Orange County’s second-largest city. He filed paperwork Thursday to establish a campaign treasury for his latest bid. He has served as the mayor of Apopka for 61 years, including the last 42 in a row.
“After the sacrifices we’ve had to make over the last few years during this recession…we’re in a little growth mode now as a city,” he said, explaining his decision. “It’s kind of exciting. I want to be part of it.”
He cited planned improvements to the downtown and proposed development of Kelly Park Crossings, the billion-dollar project of homes, shops and employment opportunities on Apopka’s north end, where toll-road designers have sited the sole interchange along a 15-mile stretch of the Wekiva Parkway.
Land has not been opposed in an election since 2002 when he whipped former Orange County Commissioner Tom Dorman.
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