September 29, 2017 – (Orlando, FL) Known for his strong leadership, ability to build consensus on tough issues, and the ability to get things done, Bill Sublette has a history of leading in Central Florida. When former Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty empaneled a group of community leaders to review policies at the jail after an inmate’s death, he called on Bill Sublette to lead the effort. When Mayor Crotty, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Orange County School Board were looking for recommendations to improve the public school system, they asked Bill Sublette to chair the Blue Ribbon Panel on Education. Today, Sublette announced he is ready to take on the next challenge and is entering the race to be Orange County’s next Mayor.
“I am running for Orange County Mayor to continue the successful approach Mayor Jacobs has brought to the County, while offering my own vision for our future,” said Sublette. “While our economy is strong and unemployment is down, I intend to focus on providing better job opportunities for our citizens – especially our working poor and building a stronger, functional public transportation network.”
“I have spent my adult life fighting for children, for those without a voice, and for consumers,” continued Sublette. “Just as I have spent the past eight years leading the fight for public education and building a world class public school system, as Mayor I will lead the fight to tackle multi-generational poverty, preserve our County’s natural resources, prevent widespread damage to our infrastructure from future hurricanes – including burying power lines, all while providing sound management and fiscal responsibility over taxpayer’s dollars.”
“Today is just the beginning of our campaign. Next Thursday I will hold a public announcement in which I will provide more details about my vision for Orange County.”
An attorney by profession, Bill Sublette earned his law and bachelor degrees from the University of Florida. After graduating from law school in 1988 he moved to Orlando, and in 1992 he won a seat in the Florida House of Representatives, where he served for eight years.
In 2010 Sublette became Florida’s first countywide elected Chair of a local school board and was reelected overwhelmingly in 2014. During his time as Orange County School Board Chair, Sublette led efforts to institute mandatory daily recess, expand magnet programs, begin a K-8 school construction program, expand vocational programs, launch two gifted schools, and oversee more than $79 million in taxpayer savings through streamlining the procurement process and auditing construction, school material, and services contracts. Under his leadership of the Board, Orange County Public Schools has won the prestigious “Broad Award” as the top urban school district in the country.
Bill and his wife Suzie reside in Delaney Park and are the proud parents of three children: Alex (19), Aubrey (15), and Jack (14).