Candidates Clarke, Demings, Panepinto, answered questions about business, economic development, Hispanic community and major issues affecting Orange County

ORLANDO, Fla. (May 4, 2018) – As the race for Orange County’s highest elected office continues, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO) hosted the first mayoral debate today, featuring candidates Commissioner Pete Clarke, Sheriff Jerry Demings, and Mr. Rob Panepinto.

The debate was geared to topics that are impacting the fast-growing Hispanic community and included: candidate’s plans to resolve the immediate need for affordable housing, their initiatives to help minority small business owners have more access to capital, ways to simplify the process of getting permits, licenses, and minority certifications with the county, funding of economic development organizations,  the role of Orange County to help Puerto Rico with its recovering efforts  after Hurricane Maria, transportation and public safety.

The debate was broadcast live on the Hispanic Chamber’s Facebook page and is available for viewing at

“This debate gave Orange County residents and business owners the opportunity to hear first-hand from the candidates and how they plan to tackle the issues affecting the area,” said Gaby Ortigoni, HCCMO President. “HCCMO is proud to have hosted the first mayoral debate, and it reflects the importance the candidates have placed on the Hispanic community and the Hispanic vote.”

Ybeth Bruzual, news anchor and host of Political Connections on Spectrum News 13, was the moderator of this debate. She commended all three candidates for their interest in Hispanic issues and for their commitment to serving Orange County.

As the leading voice of the Hispanic business community, HCCMO will continue to provide a platform for the Latino electorate to connect with candidates in key races in Central Florida.

About the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide leadership and support the economic development of the Hispanic business community of Metro Orlando. Since 1993, HCCMO has strengthened the Central Florida business community by providing quality programs through networking, business development, business exposure and recognition.  For more information, please visit or call 407-428-5870.

Media Contact:

José Luis Dieppa

[email protected]  407.285.6904

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