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Joel Greenberg showed true leadership in deciding to focus on challenging incumbent Tax Collector Ray Valdes.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

The Seminole County Post would like to apologize for underestimating Joel Greenberg.

 

The dual candidate for Seminole County Tax Collector & GOP Committeeman drew our ire, but recent developments suggest the political newcomer Greenberg is a credible candidate.

 

Greenberg, is expected to announce in the next 48 hours that he will drop his bid against Seminole GOP Secretary Jesse Phillips, and instead focus on longtime incumbent Tax Collector Ray Valdes.

 

Advisors close to Greenberg told the Seminole County Post that the millennial aged candidate quickly realized that focusing on one race was the best move.

 

"Joel wants to make a difference and positively impact the lives of Seminole County residents. The best way for him to do that was working to update the Tax Collector's office and improve customer service."

 

Incumbent Tax Collector Ray Valdes was considering not running for re-election and only recently decided to seek another term. He is expected to raise and spend only $40,000 before the August primary.

 

While Valdes has not posted significant fundraising numbers or engaged in any campaign related voter outreach efforts, he does benefit from being a longtime elected official.

 

This leaves a window for Greenberg, heir to the Greenberg Dental empire, and a successful entrepreneur in his own right.

 

Sources close to Greenberg's campaign confirm that the candidate has loaned his campaign account $100,000 and is expected to raise another $30,000 from donors.

 

Mr. Greenberg's decision to ditch an effort at a purely partisan office reveal an interesting aspect of the rookie candidate... it's more about making a difference than a political statement for him.

 

That's where we underestimated Joel Greenberg.

 

In a year where billionaire businessman and political outsider Donald Trump has taken the political realm by storm, Greenberg's candidacy has potential to tap into that energy.

 

Greenberg has demonstrated his seriousness by retaining experienced political consultant Mike Shirley. Shirley is a former top aide to Texas Governor Rick Perry, Field Director for Rick Scott, State Director for the Republican National Committee, and a lead organizer for the NRA in Iowa.

 

Honestly, maybe it's about time the antiquated Seminole County Tax Collector's office gets a breath of fresh air from a successful businessman and political outsider like Joel Greenberg.

 

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. He is a seasoned political operative who has led numerous statewide political groups and has worked on several high-profile local, statewide, and national races. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at [email protected]

 

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