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Mayor Demings uses acceptance speech to talk about penny sales tax initiative

A motorist pumps gasoline at United Oil gas station in Los Angeles Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline plummeted 45 cents over the past two weeks to $4.10 per gallon. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, that the continued decline comes as crude oil costs also remain low. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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A motorist pumps gasoline at United Oil gas station in Los Angeles Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline plummeted 45 cents over the past two weeks to $4.10 per gallon. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, that the continued decline comes as crude oil costs also remain low. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has won his re-election bid.

Jerry Demings was the first Democrat and African American to be elected to the office of mayor, when he won the title for the first time back in 2018.

Over the past four years, Demings has led the county through the COVID pandemic, along with a racial reckoning following the police killing of George Floyd. 

In his acceptance speech at Camping World Stadium, Demings chose to focus on a penny sales tax initiative that will be on the November ballot. 

Demings says the one-cent sales tax would pay for more bus routes and improved roads and bikeways in the area. 

“My commitment to you is that, here in Orange County, we’re going to improve your connectivity. The convenience, the affordability of you getting around this community.”

He says he knows the difference good public transportation can make, growing up the son of a mom who depended on city buses to get to work. 

“There were times when she went to work at night and she took a different one of her children to clean offices at night.”

Demings’ wife Congresswoman Val Demings also won her party’s nomination in Florida’s primary election.

Danielle Prieur is a general assignment reporter at WMFE. You can hear her reporting on a daily basis on the station. She also fills-in as a host during the morning and afternoon drive times. Her reporting has been featured on NPR, Marketplace, Here & Now, and Vox. Danielle is originally from Rochester Hills, Michigan and is a graduate of both the University of Michigan and Northwestern University. In her free time, she enjoys playing her guitar, writing fiction, and cooking.