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Published On: Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013

Glen Chancy discusses Mayoral campaign in Apopka, banning red cameras and changing the culture

EXCLUSIVE: The mayor in Apopka is the longest serving mayor in the US and now faces stiff competition from new candidate.

Glen Chancy, the co-founder of the site Banthecams.org, will challenge John Land, age 93, in 2014 for the seat. Chancy took time out to speak with The Global Dispatch’s Brandon Jones to discuss the campaign, beginning with his passion for banning the red light cameras and why that’s important.

Glen Chancy Apopka mayor race 2014“For starters, they’re unconstitutional…You are ticketing a vehicle. You are not actually stopping the vehicle, you’re not interrogating the person, (you’re) not finding out if the person driving is actually going to get the ticket.”

Chancy’s passion on the topic reveals his desire to prevent citizens from facing penalties they don’t deserve because “a human officer wouldn’t issue most of these tickets” as he notes many tickets are for not stopping long enough on a right turn.

The race is important to Chancy as “the mayor is the only full time member of the staff which that’s elected” to handle a massive budget of $55 million. City council officials are not, so Mayor Land has an awful lot of authority.

The Orlando Sentinel pointed out in 2005 that Land earned more than the governor of Florida (Jeb Bush at the time).

“Land, who presides over a city of 33,000 people, earns $156,660 a year — a fact that has been noted in Apopka’s current discussion of its salary structure,” the article states. “Bush, the CEO of the entire state, takes home $129,060 each year.”

“I think it’s way out of line for the amount of work that is being ask of the Mayor of Apopka,” says Chancy of Land’s salary. “I think that’s just one of the salaries is out of line for public servants.”

Another issue is the ban on parking in the streets of residential areas. which is effecting large families with multiple cars. Chancy recounts a story about an Orange County police officer was basically told they needed to move…get a bigger house – “that’s the attitude we encounter,” referring to Land and current leadership.

Chancy also wants to focus on reducing the red tape to run a business, “there’s a lot of paperwork there that we’d like to streamline or do away with…” focusing on more interaction with government through the website.

Visit Glen Chancy’s page on Facebook HERE or his official website

 

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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