Regina Hill, a self-described former welfare mom, completed her comeback Monday and was sworn in as an Orlando City Commissioner.
Hill emerged from a bruising campaign to win the District 5 seat three weeks ago, replacing longtime Commissioner Daisy Lynum. A celebratory crowd packed City Council Chambers to watch Hill and incumbent commissioners Jim Gray and Robert Stuart take the oath of office that formally begins their four-year terms.
“I pledge to the citizens of District 5 and to all the citizens of Orlando to work tirelessly to build a future that we all can be proud of and we all can share,” Hill told the crowd.
Hill, who defeated Lynum’s son at the polls, thanked the retiring commissioner for her 16 years of service. Hill said she would work with leaders from the city, school district, businesses and churches to improve the lives of the people in her district. She pledged to bring after-school activities, summer programs and economic growth.
“I have long believed that the best social program is a job,” said Hill, who lifted herself off the welfare rolls when she was hired to work at the old Orlando Arena. “I am convinced that people are not looking for handouts, but people are looking for help to help themselves — a hand up.”