Proven Leader. Effective Commissioner.

Proven Leader.
Effective Commissioner.

“Ten Officials Who Made a Difference in Central Florida” 2019 list

CFHLA Public Servant of the Year, 2019

Boy Scouts of America Golden Eagle Honoree, 2017

MetroPlan (regional transportation board), Immediate Past Chair

Water Co-op Board, Chair 2020

National Association of Counties Large Urban County Caucus, Vice Chair

Central Florida Expressway Authority, Treasurer District County Commissioner, elected 2016

National Association of Veteran’s Affairs Committee of NACO

Betsy VanderLey Keeps Her Promises and Gets Results

Betsy VanderLey Keeps Her Promises and Gets Results

Held the line on taxes and supported balanced budgets.

Increased public safety budget to add more neighborhood patrols.

Helped move up road and infrastructure plans by years to meet fast growth areas (Daryl Carter Parkway, Sandlake-I-4 Interchange, 429-US 27 connection, lifesaving traffic devices installed years ahead of schedule).

Protected Rural Lands and added hundreds of new acres of wetlands to conservation.

Added to Dr. Phillips Improvements – over $668 million in road and infrastructure improvements between county and state funds.

Fought for Horizon West Improvements – “super charged” ETA of 220-acre Horizon West Park by securing $10 million per year for 5 years to be matched with private dollars, pushing up completion a possible 10 years; Secured land for a new library.

Increased Citizen Engagement – hosted hundreds of community engagement events, at least one per week, throughout the district.

Connected and Increased Trails - secured funding to begin “Loop Trail” design around Lake Apopka and advanced designs to connect Horizon West with the state “coast-to-coast” trail system.

Helped Gotha with historic signage and fought for basin study to address decades old flooding issue.

Temporary fire station moved into Horizon West to enable homeowners to access homeowners and fire insurance.

Betsy’s plan to safely bring back jobs we lost and diversify our economy:

Fought for the $243 million emergency Covid-19 CARES Act funding to help families and small businesses.

Championed economic “Jump Start” initiatives to the Cares Act, including: l Job retraining for displaced hospitality workers. l $10,000 Small business grants to help with rent and payroll during downturn.

Temporarily suspended non-critical regulations, such as new site plans or parking minimums for restaurants needing to add more outdoor seating to aid with social distancing.

Led the opposition to a new sales tax increase proposal when the economy took a downturn.

Continue attracting new businesses to Horizon West area by working with West Orange Chamber and Orlando Economic Partnership.

Latest News

  • Learn more about Betsy, her experience, and the accomplishments she has achieved on behalf of our community in this exclusive Q&A with the West Orange Times & Observer. See the original article here. 1. BIOAge: 61City/town: Oakland Family: Married; mother of three grown children, grandmother of......

  • During their January meeting, the CFHLA Political Action Committee (PAC) Board of Directors voted unanimously to endorse Betsy’s re-election campaign for Orange County Commission, District 1....

  • “I fully endorse and support Commissioner Betsy VanderLey. She is a proven leader and understands servant leadership. Her record demonstrates her ability to lead!” — Rod Love, Former Orange County Commissioner, District 2...

  • “It is my pleasure to endorse Betsy VanderLey to continue her service to the citizens of Orange County as Commissioner. Betsy astounds me with her vast knowledge base, smart solutions, and grand vision for Orange County. She has been an important partner with the Orange......

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