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Changing the Culture

Government should work for us. That’s what Mayor Teresa Jacobs believes. That’s why she set out to remake the culture of Orange County government. Standing up to special interests, supporting ethics and attracting new jobs.

Mayor Teresa Jacobs was sworn into office in Orange County on January 4, 2011. She is known as a champion of ethics reform, and is a strong advocate of public participation in the governmental process. Prior to being elected Mayor, Jacobs served two terms as an Orange County Commissioner from 2000 to 2008. During her eight years in office, she was elected to numerous state and regional boards, which she still serves on as Orange County Mayor.

Her first priority as Mayor was to improve the culture of Orange County Government by establishing a set of core values: professionalism, integrity, strong work ethic, innovation, fairness and accountability. Mayor Jacobs is committed to giving citizens better access to open and responsive government services and building a fiscally conservative operation in which taxpayer dollars are spent wisely.

Under Mayor Jacobs’ leadership, Orange County has experienced unprecedented progress and smart growth through her deliberate domestic and international economic development strategy, which has yielded numerous opportunities and accomplishments for the Central Florida region. She remains focused on job creation and maintaining Orange County as the world’s best destination to live, learn, work, play and do business.

Mayor Jacobs graduated Cum Laude from Florida State University with a degree in economics and had a successful nine-year career in banking prior to entering politics. Mayor Jacobs and her husband Bruce have been married for 31 years and are the proud parents of four young adults.

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Latest News:

Opponent Drops Out of Mayoral Race - May 20th, 2014

"While I was looking forward to publicly discussing my record and the issues facing Orange County with her, I respect Val Demings' decision to drop out of the race and I...
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Keep Orange County Moving Forward! - May 06th, 2014

Dear Orange County Neighbor,

Yesterday, I submitted over 9,000 petitions to get my name on the ballot for the primary on August 26th. I am humbled by the depth and...
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Mayor Jacobs Submits Over 9,000 Petitions to have her name placed on the ballot - May 05th, 2014

All-volunteer petition collection effort a tremendous success

On Monday, May 5, Mayor Jacobs was greeted with cheers of "We love you, Teresa" from more than two dozen...
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Jacobs' Grassroots Support Stronger Than Ever - Apr 10th, 2014

March was a very successful month for Mayor Teresa Jacobs' re-election campaign, with nearly $75,000 in donations received. Of the 594 contributions, over 60% were $50 or...
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Jacobs doubles up Demings in March donations - Apr 10th, 2014

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs raised $74,000 last month, or nearly twice as much as her campaign rival Val Demings, according to recently released reports.

In a press...
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