That work so far has included new rules for charter schools (specifically dealing with the practice of overpaying principals of failed schools), safety standards in preschools, arts education, and garnering bipartisan support for measures that would (and will) address workplace discrimination and bullying.
"What I've been putting out there is that I think there is some unfinished business," he says.
First, though, there's the November election, which now might include Republican Rene “Coach P” Plasencia, who lost to Pena in the 2012 primary. Plasencia will have to beat out some retired police detective named Ed Rodriguez in the August primary, and likely will with a little help from his friends. If re-elected, Saunders promises to keep rolling with his momentum.
"I hope that what I get to do in my next term is an extension of what I’ve done so far," he says.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at email@example.com.
Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.
Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.
Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.
Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.