News Americas, ORANGE COUNTY, FL, Weds. Nov. 7, 2012: A Guyanese-American has made history in Orange County, Central Florida, winning the post of Orange County Property Appraiser in Tuesday’s elections.
Rick Singh, a certified appraiser and a member of the National Association of Realtors ran as a Democrat over the incumbent Republican property appraiser Bill Donegan.
Singh got 210,478 or 53 percent of the votes as of late last night compared to 190,115 or 47 for Donegan.
Singh had won the nod of the AFSCME Florida Council 79, the second-largest union in Florida with 90 locals representing approximately 110,000 employees and the endorsement of Council President Jeanette D. Wynn.
Singh had argued that the mis-assessment rate is at $100 million a year since Donegan has been in office. But Donegan had countered that his opponent misreads these numbers for political gain.
Singh grew up in the Bronx and served the United States as a soldier in the Army.