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Central Florida Political Leadership Institute
An Interview with Osceola County Commissioner Peggy Choudhry

The Central Florida Political Leadership Institute (PLI), an innovative and groundbreaking initiative designed to prepare pro-business leaders considering public office, is now taking applications for its upcoming fall session. The non-partisan program trains leaders in the basics of political campaigning, leadership skills for effective governing and critical public policy issues. Since its inception in 2008, 17 graduates have served in public office in our seven-county region including Osceola County Commissioner Peggy Choudhry (District 1). Commissioner Choudhry, who was elected in November, shared her insight into how the leadership institute helped her reach her goals.

Q: Why did you decide to first run for office?

A: “As a small business owner, I learned firsthand what it takes to start and run a successful business and I understand the importance of the county government’s role in creating an environment where small businesses can flourish. Creating jobs means working with small businesses to help them start strong, achieve stability, and expand upon what they’re already doing well. Unfortunately, without that perspective it’s difficult to realize how local rules and regulations could have a negative impact upon the entire business community. I have always enjoyed working to make positive changes in my county and I felt the business community needed a fresh voice, willing to fight tirelessly for their needs on the Commission.”

Q: Who told you first about the Central Florida Political Leadership Institute?

A: “I first heard about the PLI from friends in the business community who suggested that I apply to the program to learn more about what it truly takes to campaign and win elected office. After hearing about its high success rate, I was very interested to apply and learn more.”

Q: What did you learn from the Central Florida Political Leadership?

A: “When I first considered running for office, I had serious reservations about the possibility of actually wining, especially without a political background. However, the PLI taught me that it is not only possible to run, but with hard work, balance, and the proper campaign structure, you can succeed. Plus, I was able to network with other community and business leaders, campaign experts and previous PLI grads who had since gone on to elected office. Each of them related to my experiences and perspectives and gave me the confidence I needed to serve our community.”

Q: Did your PLI classmates help you when you decided to run for public office?

A: “Yes indeed! Shortly after I completed the program, I filed to run and I was very surprised to receive the support from so many classmates who either made small contributions to my campaign, offered to help with advertising, or were willing to assist me with networking with others in the community who were ready to help my candidacy.”

Q: Final thoughts on the Central Florida Political Leadership Institute?

A: “If you have a strong desire to change the community you live in, I would strongly encourage you to consider applying for the PLI program. Whether it’s learning to not be afraid when asking for a contribution or to be a better public speaker, the Central Florida Political Leadership Institute can provide you with the comprehensive skills, resources and connections you need to launch your political career.”

There is no cost to apply or attend. Applicants from the seven county Central Florida region, which includes Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and Volusia, are encouraged to apply at www.cflpli.org by June 30, 2017. PLI is made possible by the support of its sponsors including AT&T, BusinessForce, Clear Channel Outdoor, the Orlando Economic Partnership, and Universal Orlando Resort.

 


BusinessForce is the political action arm of the Orlando Economic Partnership and its goal is to affect positive change in Central Florida through regional public policy advocacy and by encouraging and supporting candidates for public office who, as public officials, will embrace free enterprise and sound, responsible business practices in government.

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BusinessForce is the political action arm of the Orlando Economic Partnership. The focus of this line of business is to affect positive change in Central Florida through regional public policy advocacy; BusinessForce helps guide regional leaders by encouraging and supporting candidates for public office who, as public officials, will embrace free enterprise and sound business principles.

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