Children’s Movement of Florida Hosting Candidate Forum

The Children’s Movement of Florida Strong Start for ALL Children Candidate Forum Candidates for Florida Senate District 15 and House District 47 to Discuss Important Early Childhood Issues. 


By Jacob Engels


The Children’s Movement of Florida invites you to cover an important community forum featuring four candidates in the November election who are seeking to represent Orange County in the state House and Senate. It will take place next Tuesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave.


The four candidates include: · SD 15 – Victor Torres (D) and Peter Vivaldi (R) · HD 47 – Mike Miller (R) and Beth Tuura (D).


The forum will be moderated by veteran journalist Matthew Peddie, assistant news director of 90.7 WMFE, Public Radio for Central Florida, and the host of Intersection, the NPR station’s news and in-depth conversation program.


The Strong Start for ALL Children event is presented by The Children’s Movement and Central Florida Urban League, in partnership with the Children’s Cabinet of Orange County, Early Learning Coalition of Orange County, and Healthy Start Coalition of Orange County.


The participating candidates will have the opportunity to discuss their positions on issues affecting Florida’s most vulnerable residents – children 0 to 5 years old. Members of the audience will be invited to ask questions on early childhood education and healthcare, including accessibility, affordability, and quality.


This is the first time that The Children’s Movement is hosting such a forum in Orange County during the 2016 election season. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served.



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