Longwood’s Ben Paris Raises $6,800 In First Month

Longwood Mayor Ben Paris at his re-election kickoff a few weeks ago.

Paris, who is a unique blend of conservative and libertarian, has been become known for his small-government approach.

By Jacob Engels

Longwood Mayor Ben Paris hosted his re-election campaign kickoff at Victorio’s Oyster Bar and Grille Longwood a few weeks ago, where nearly 100 turned out to show their support for Paris in his quest for another term on the Longwood City Commission.

Deputy Mayor Richard Drummond, WWE superstar turned Commissioner Matt Morgan, former Longwood Mayor and Seminole Commission candidate Joe Durso, Altamonte Springs Commissioner Jim Turney, Longwood Commissioner Abby Shoemaker, former Longwood Mayor and Sanford businessman/congressional candidate Scott Sturgill were among the notable guests.

Commissioner & former WWE superstar Matt Morgan endorse Ben Paris.

Paris, who is a unique blend of conservative and libertarian, has been become known for his small-government approach and focus on making sure Longwood residents are able to retain their personal property rights.

According to a release from his re-election campaign, Mr. Paris has matched his grassroots support by adding almost $7,000 to his campaign coffers. So far, no opposition candidates have filed to run against Paris in 2018.

First elected to the Longwood City Commission in 2014 and unanimously voted in as Mayor by his peers in November of 2017, Paris has spent the past four years focused on repairing Longwood’s stormwater systems, repaving old roads like the Florida Central Parkway, and working on various city transportation priorities.

CFP Founder Jacob Engels talks with Mayor Ben Paris.

Other notable accomplishments include having established term limits for elected city officials, lowering permitting fees by 30%, and successfully reinvesting funds into city-wide sewer and stormwater projects.

Mr. Paris is also extremely active in several local non-profits and charitable organizations, having spent countless hours volunteering for various non-profits for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life events, Habitat for Humanity’s Longwood Haunt, Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando, and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network of Central Florida.

Jacob Engels is an Orlando based journalist whose work has been featured and republished in news outlets around the globe including Politico, InfoWars, MSNBC, Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Daily Mail UK, Associated Press, People Magazine, ABC, Fox News, and Australia’s New Dawn Magazine. Mr. Engels focuses on stories that other news outlets neglect or willingly hide to curry favor among the political and business special interests in the state of Florida.