During the craziness of covering Florida 2014 Midterm Elections one candidate seemed to fly under the radar in our result coverage—openly gay Democrat Cheryl Grieb who unseated Republican Frank Attkisson by only 106 votes for Osceola County Commission District 4 seat.
Grieb is a former Kissimmee city commissioner and Vice Mayor, but said this race was one of the toughest she’s ever had to face. She is currently the chairperson of Greater Osceola Partnership of Economic Prosperity and a member of the Downtown Kissimmee Area Council for the Chamber of Commerce.
According to her campaign website, Grieb intends to focus on five issues to help improve Osceola County: create jobs that provide a living wage, provide better traffic and transportation solutions, enhance public safety, protect our environment and natural resources, and make decisions that will not lead to tax increases.
Grieb and Viviana Janer, who also unseated the incumbent for the District 2 seat, together make this the first time two women have been elected to the county commission. The two women will become the second and third women to sit on the Osceola County Commission.
Fred Hawkins, who holds the District 5 seat and is the commission chairman, is the only Republican that now sits on the commission.