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Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs: Investigate TEXTGATE secret meetings scandal in Orange County, FL.
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Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs: Investigate TEXTGATE secret meetings scandal in Orange County, FL.

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Who's really running Orange County--citizens or lobbyists?

Last summer, organizers in Orange County, Florida gathered more than 50,000 petitions earning the right to vote on the issue of Earned Sick Time.  In the midst of the worst flu epidemic in a decade, giving all workers access to earned sick time is more critical than ever to protect public health.  Unfortunately, big business interests colluded with several Orange County commissioners to break the county charter and keep voters from making their voice heard at the polls in the November election.

In September 2012, we discovered that the mayor and five county commissioners were secretly texting with corporate lobbyists who masterminded a coordinated, sophisticated scheme to block citizens from voting on the county’s first ever successful, citizen-led ballot initiative.  The public deserves to know the truth.

Orange County mayor Teresa Jacobs ran on her record of ethics—a record on which she’s proud to “take on special interests and expose corruption.”  Mayor Jacobs released her text messages in accordance with Florida’s “Sunshine Law” but is now faced with a board of uncooperative county commissioners who have either deleted or refused to release their public records, thereby violating public trust and possibly the law. 

It is Mayor Jacobs’ duty to repair the public’s broken trust after the fallout of Orange County’s texting scandal by giving citizens the answers they deserve.  That’s why we, along with Orange County League of Women Voters and the Orlando Sentinel, are calling on Mayor Jacobs to open an investigation into the questionable actions behind the September 11th public hearing where there is evidence of a coordinated, lobbyist-led effort behind the scenes to stop what would have been a historical citizens’ initiative.

What began as a local campaign for working families has turned into a battle against corruption and corporate interests.  The only way to restore faith in the democratic process is to launch an investigation that will bring government back into the sunshine.

Sign the petition demanding that Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs call for a criminal investigation stemming from the county's unethical actions during the September hearing on Earned Sick Time.


Teresa Jacobs, Orange County Mayor
Call for a criminal investigation stemming from the county's actions during the September 11th public hearing on Earned Sick Time. It is the only way to restore faith in the democratic process and bring justice to 52,000 voters who legally petitioned their local government.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Complaint filed with state attorney seeking investigation into texting

      Orange County resident and teacher Sean Ashby filed a complaint with the state attorney seeking a formal investigation into Orange County's text messages scandal. Keep putting the pressure on our elected officials to do the right thing!


    3. Sick time backers try petitions again, now for Orange board probe

      Our petition is in the Orlando Sentinel!

      "Advocates for paid sick time in Orange County are trying to gather on-line petitions to persuade Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs to call for an investigation into the recent textgate episode."


    4. Reached 100 signatures
    5. Orlando Sentinel calls for investigation into county's texting scandal

      Orlando Sentinel Editorial Boards pushes Mayor Jacobs to call for an investigation into "possible criminal violations in this case."


    6. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Martha Fitzgerald WINDERMERE, FL
      • about 1 year ago

      I voted for Teresa Jacobs, thinking she would represent us, her neighbors with honesty and integrity.

    • William Rodriguez OCOEE, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      I have a job

    • Mary Bunk APOPKA, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      We see that the mayor and the others were working with lobbyists up until the last second. We saw whose side they were really on. Politicians should do their business in the sunshine, not behind secret messages. They should be investigated, for sure.

    • Alethia Barthel ORLANDO, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      My job does not offer sick pay separate from vacation pay, and I would like to see that change.

    • Stephen Pilcher WINTER PARK, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      I live and vote in Orange County, Florida.


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