Cortes00531Today, the Bob Cortes for House District 30 Campaign announced that Longwood City Commissioner Bob Cortes was elected Mayor of Longwood by his peers on the city commission. With the vote on Monday evening, Bob Cortes becomes the first Hispanic mayor in the history of Seminole County.

"I am grateful to my fellow commissioners and this community as a whole, that they would entrust me with such an important responsibility," said Mayor Bob Cortes. "I look forward to continuing to pursue aggressive goals for a thriving economy and a world-class education system. I am also honored to become the first Hispanic mayor in the history of this great county. I believe this experience will be valuable for preparing me to serve Seminole and Orange Counties in the Florida House of Representatives."

In 2013, Cortes was named one of the 25 most influential Hispanics in Central Florida by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando. Cortes has also been actively involved in the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Redistricting Institute in Washington, D.C., and was a NALEO Newly Elected Institute Graduate in 2010.

Cortes took over the role of mayor and the gavel was passed on Monday evening. Cortes chaired that meeting after the vote was completed.
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About Bob Cortes for State Representative
Bob was elected to the Longwood City Commission in November 2009 and was elected Deputy Mayor in 2010. In 2012, he was re-elected to a second term. He is a member of the Seminole County Community Traffic Safety Team and a graduate of the Florida League of Cities Institute for Elected Municipal Officials. He is a member of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). With this organization, Bob has participated in several institutes, including the Newly Elected Leadership Institute, the Redistricting Institute, and the Fiscal Policy Institute hosted by NALEO and the Kellogg School of Business. Bob grew up in New York and Puerto Rico and moved to Central Florida in 1989. He founded Cortes Towing Service, a successful small business now in operation for over two decades. In 2011, he started another venture, Cortrans Shuttle Service, a transportation provider that serves Orlando Sanford International Airport, Orlando International Airport, the Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal, and area attractions. He was recently named one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando. He and his wife, Virginia, are members of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Altamonte Springs. They were blessed with their first grandchild in November 2012.

2 responses to “Cortes Becomes First Hispanic Mayor In Seminole County

  1. What an awesome milestone. I hope he serves out his term and doesn't leave Longwood with such an accomplishment under his belt!

  2. This guy has been so busy joining groups and attending institutes, but what has he actually accomplished for the City of Longwood? What has he done to be named one of the most influential Hispanics? Longwood has/is lagging behind the other cities in Orlando in terms of economic development. If he is sent to Tallahassee you can be sure he'll accomplish the same things he's done for Longwood - nothing. (Except probably waste taxpayers money attending seminars and institutes)