Decision Apopka 2018
Koutsoulieris is the 10th and final candidate to qualify
The field is set for the 2018 Apopka elections.
Alicia Koutsoulieris became the fourth and final candidate to qualify for the Seat #2 City Commission election along with incumbent Commissioner Diane Velazquez, and Apopka residents Leroy Bell and Alice Nolan.
She was the 10th candidate to file during the qualifying week, which began on January 2nd and ended today at noon.
Koutsoulieris is a relative-unknown in Apopka politics, having never run for office, and only moving to Apopka two years ago. She has lived in Central Florida since she was five years old, and graduated from the University of Central Florida, holding a BA in Political Science (2009) and a BA in History (2010). She is presently pursuing a Masters Degree in Political Science.
Koutsoulieris is involved with many community organizations, with a number of volunteer leadership roles; including, The League of Women Voters, The American Red Cross – Mid-Florida Chapter, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Amnesty International, an International Delegate for Inter-faith Peace Builders, United Nations Association of Greater Orlando, and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Central Florida.
There are also four candidates running for Seat#1 – Suzanne Kidd, Gene Knight, Theresa Mott and Alexander Smith. The seat is currently held by six-term Commissioner Billie Dean, who announced his retirement in 2017.
In the race for Apopka Mayor, incumbent Joe Kilsheimer and Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson will go head-to-head after both candidates announced their intentions to run back in March of 2017, and no other challengers emerged.
The Apopka city election will be held on March 13th, 2018.