WESH: 5 candidates qualify for Orlando mayoral race

Orlando’s mayoral election is just under two months away, and the filing deadline is Friday.

It appears only five candidates will qualify to run.

Just one day before the filing deadline, Orlando City Commissioner Sam Ings officially filed his candidacy for mayor on Thursday.

The election is coming up on Nov. 5, and so far, there are five candidates.

The candidates for the non-partisan election include incumbent Mayor Buddy Dyer, who was first elected mayor back in 2003, and is running for his fifth term.

District 6 City Commissioner Ings is a retired Orlando police captain who has run against Dyer before.

Navy veteran and non-profit consultant Aretha Simons, along with candidates Shantelle Bennett and Jentri Casaberry, are also running.

Dyer, who filed his paperwork Wednesday, has proven to be a tough candidate to beat. He has dominated all of his mayoral races since 2003, winning each by 20 to 30 points.

Ings is basing his campaign on the battle cry that it’s time for a change.

“It’s time for a new era of leadership in the Orlando city government, and I’m looking to bring an honest, transparent and open government here in the city of Orlando,” Ings said.

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