Watermark’s Most Eligible – Central Florida: Brooke Renney

By : Jeremy Williams
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Age: 27

Hometown: Polk County, Florida

How you identify: Lesbian

What’s your sign: Scorpio

Brooke can be summed with two words: passion and politics.

“I am a political operative by trade,” she says. “I have a strong desire to make a positive impact for our community. I work and play in Florida politics. That takes up a majority of my time. Activism is close to my heart.”

Brooke has had a passion for politics since her first political science class in college. That passion led her to knock on doors at first and moved her into the world of campaign work. She currently is the campaign manager for Orange County mayor hopeful Rob Panepinto, but could Brooke find her name on the ballot herself one day?

“That’s a hard question,” she says. “You always think that you personally can make a difference by running yourself, but someone who can see promise in people, that’s a great skill. If I am able to help get five or six really good people elected, that can have a greater impact than if I just run and got elected.”

Brooke is a proud gay Republican, but says she is open minded and hopes that whoever she dates can be open-minded too. For her, a person’s political party isn’t reason enough to not get to know someone.

“I always thought I would end up with a fellow gay Republican, but I’m finding that it’s really fun dating Democrats,” she says with a chuckle. “It’s fun to have someone who is a bit fiery and as passionate as I am. Someone who can give it back.”

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