Decision Apopka 2018
Alice Nolan, the overachieving candidate of the 2016 City Commission elections, has filed to run, and qualified for the Seat #2 City Commission election, according to Apopka City Clerk Linda Goff.
Nolan received 2,159 votes (22.74%) in the Seat #3 election against incumbent Sam Ruth and eventual winner Doug Bankson in 2016, but did not qualify for the runoff a month later. She did, however, gain political momentum that many thought would propel her into another campaign in 2018.
But in 2017, Nolan announced she would not run for elected office:
“I am humbled by the family, friends and fellow citizens of Apopka who have publicly come out to say they will support me in my endeavors to run for City Commissioner. My love for Apopka, as many have seen, runs deep, and is shown through the many hours of volunteering I do for our community. With much thought and prayer, I have chosen not to run for Apopka City Commissioner this term. I feel in my heart that my place in Apopka currently lies in my advocacy for its citizens and continued community service. I encourage anyone to run for office because the chair belongs to the great citizens of Apopka.”
The change of direction comes with only days remaining in the qualifying week, which ends on Tuesday, January 9th.
Nolan joins Leroy Bell and Alicia Koutsoulieris in challenging incumbent Commissioner Diane Velazquez for the seat.