County Commissioner Don Elwell filed necessary paperwork Friday afternoon to begin his campaign for re-election for a second term as Highlands County Commissioner for District 2. He was originally elected to the board in November of 2010.
“I can’t tell you how much it means to me to have the opportunity to run for re-election and hopefully represent our county’s citizens for one more term,” Elwell said in a press release.
“I had delayed filing the paperwork a bit, and was getting a lot of questions about whether I was going to run,” he said. “It was absolutely never a question of desire, that’s for sure. My responsibilities at Alan Jay have expanded tremendously over the past couple months, and I wasn’t going to run for re-election unless I knew I could dedicate the same amount of time and work as a commissioner as I have throughout my first term.” Elwell is Director of Marketing & Public Relations for the Alan Jay Automotive Network.
Elwell has served on the commission during some of the county’s most challenging budget discussions. He has been appointed as Commission liaison for the Hospital District Board, Transportation Disadvantaged Board, Lake Istokpoga Management Committee, Heartland Library Cooperative Advisory Board and Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. In 2013, Elwell was also appointed to the Heartland CrimeStoppers board.
Elwell has received the designation of Certified County Commissioner from the Florida Association of Counties and will have completed the necessary training to achieve the rank of Advanced County Commissioner in June of this year.
He has held six town hall-style meetings to date while in office, with attendance ranging from a few dozen to over 100 at each event.
Elwell, a Republican, has lived in Highlands County since 2002. He lives in the Spring Lake area with his wife and family.
District 2 represents the largest geographic district in Highlands County, encompassing over 40 percent of the county’s 1,100 square miles. The district includes the unincorporated eastern portions of Avon Park, Sebring, Lake Placid and Lorida, from the Avon Park Bombing Range south to State Road 70.