Theresa Mott, an Apopka business owner and member of the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, has officially filed to run for Seat #1 on the Apopka City Commission. Mott joins Suzanne Kidd, Gene Knight, and Alexander Smith in the race to succeed six-term Apopka City Commissioner Billie Dean on the City Commission. Dean announced in May that he will not seek a seventh term.
Mott wrote on her personal Facebook page, and on a "Theresa Mott for Apopka City Commissioner Seat #1 page this statement:
"IT’S OFFICIAL, Facebook Family!!!
Today, I filed for Apopka City Commissioner, Seat #1. This was after extensive prayer, family support and years of community encouragement.
I am a proud Native, Mother, 19-yr. Business Owner (created in Apopka), and actively involved Business Leader, with 25+ years of civic engagement. I have witnessed and contributed to our substantial growth over the years. However, there is more work required to ensure a trajectory beneficial to ALL citizens. Once elected, I pledge to LISTEN to your ideas, thoughts and concerns, and then be a STRONG VOICE FOR YOU on the council. Additionally, I will deliver positive solutions for the betterment of Apopka. Therefore, I respectfully ask for your vote, Tuesday, March 13th…thank you."
Mott's filing ends several months of speculation about her political intentions for the 2018 Apopka elections. In 2014, Mott ran unsuccessfully for Seat#3 against Linda Laurendeau, and the eventual winner Sam Ruth.
She is the former Chairman of the Board of the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce, and the owner and founder of Professional Executive Services in Apopka, which is an administrative support company that provides secretarial services to small and medium-sized businesses. Mott founded Professional Executive Services in 1998.