2017 Election Schedule

City Commission Seat 1  Greg Seidel (incumbent) & Wes Naylor
City Commission Seat 2  Unopposed

Qualifying: Ended Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at noon
General election: Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Proposed City Charter Amendment, Article III, Section 3.04

Official ballot language
Shall the City of Winter Park amend Article III, Section 3.04 of its Charter, as provided in Ordinance No. 3056-16, to eliminate primary elections for selection of candidates for City Commissioner and Mayor and instead provide for a run-off election between the two candidates receiving the most votes for a seat if no candidate for such seat receives a majority of the vote in the general election?
Yes _____ No _____

Basic facts about the charter amendment
Section 3.04 of the City Charter provides for and requires a primary election for the selection of candidates for the offices of City Commissioner and Mayor, when more than two candidates qualify, to be held on the second Tuesday in February, prior to the city’s general election. The City Commission finds that it is in the best interests of the residents of Winter Park that Section 3.04 of the City Charter be amended to eliminate primary elections for candidates for City Commissioner and Mayor and instead provide for a run-off election to be held after the city’s general election, on the second Tuesday in April, if no candidate for a particular seat receives a majority of the vote in the general election.

The City of Winter Park is currently the only city in Orange County that holds a primary election.

Candidate Forums

  • Winter Park City Commissioner Seat #1 Forum
    – February 22, 2017 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
    – Rollins College, Rollins’ Bush Auditorium

To help Winter Park residents learn more about the candidates and their positions, Rollins College will hold a forum between incumbent Winter Park City Commissioner Greg Seidel and challenger Wes Naylor on Wednesday, February 22. The forum is hosted by the Democracy Project.

The Democracy Project is an initiative of the Rollins College Center for Leadership and Community Engagement to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to actively engage in the democratic process. For more information, contact Destiny Reyes Student Coordinator for the Democracy Project at 321-305-8555.

Light refreshments will be served. Time permitting, questions from the audience will be taken at the end.

  • City Commission Candidate Forum
    – March 10, 2017 @ Noon
    – Winter Park Public Library Community Room –  460 E. New England Ave.

Hear their positions straight from the candidates’ when incumbent Greg Seidel faces off with challenger Wes Naylor for Winter Park City Commission Seat 1. Central Florida newswoman Lauren Rowe will moderate.


For more municipal election information, please contact the City Clerk’s office at 407-599-3277 or email cityclerk@cityofwinterpark.org.

For Orange County election information in general, please visit
Orange County Supervisor of Elections

Vote by Mail Ballots (formerly Absentee Ballots)

To request or check the status of your ballot please visit ocfelections.com or call the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office at 407-836-2070.