My name is Mike Dodane and I am running for Longwood City Commission, District 2 in order to give back to my community. We love living in Longwood and recently relocated my business here. I believe Longwood is heading in a good direction and would like to keep that momentum going with quality development, safe and reliable utilities and responsible transportation growth.

WHY AM I DOING THIS?

I believe my professional background as an Engineer in the construction field gives me a unique skill set to logically solve problems and I would like to put that to work for the citizens of Longwood. Also, as many of you know, I have been politically engaged for several years so I have some idea of what I am getting into. Maybe even more influential has been my work with Habitat for Humanity through the years which has now landed me on the local Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity Seminole County and Greater Apopka. This has taught me how getting involved can have a significant impact on your surrounding community.

I am very excited about this new challenge. This is definitely outside my comfort zone which makes it that much more interesting. I look forward to serving the Citizens of Longwood as your newest Commissioner.

ABOUT MIKE

  • LONGWOOD RESIDENT since 1998
  • Married to Jan for 33 years, father of 2
  • Own and operate an ENGINEERING FIRM since 1991
  • B.S.E.E. Degree from University of South Florida
  • Board Director at HABITAT FOR HUMANITY (Seminole County/Greater Apopka) and 25 years VOLUNTEERING at construction sites
  • ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS – Board of Directors on the Local, State and National level
  • ACTIVE PARISHONER of Saint Mary Magdalen, in the HABITAT COMMITTEE, BOY SCOUTS, and multiple MISSION TRIPS through the years

WHAT I WANT TO DO

  • Attract responsible Development to expand the city’s tax base
  • Encourage Redevelopment to improve our major thoroughfares
  • Identify opportunities to improve traffic flow around the City
  • Continue to improve infrastructure around the city to avoid emergency spending
  • Look for pedestrian and cycling connectivity opportunities to capitalize on county-wide efforts

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