WUFT News

Ocala City Council District 3 Candidate: Jay Musleh

By on October 6th, 2013
Jay Musleh has served one and a half years as the District 3 Ocala City Councilman and after Oct. 15 he hopes to serve two more.

Contributed photo

Jay Musleh has served one and a half years as the District 3 Ocala City Councilman and after Oct. 15 he hopes to serve two more.

District 3 incumbent, Jay Musleh, is hoping to serve his first full term as an Ocala City Council member.

Musleh was elected to the position in a special runoff election in 2012 and served a one-and-a-half-year term. Musleh is campaigning to win a full two-year term in Oct. 15’s general election.

A lifelong Ocala resident, Musleh is the senior vice president and senior credit officer of Gateway Bank of Central Florida.

Musleh said his job isn’t done yet.

“I found out that there’s a lot to learn in studying a city’s finances, and studying a city’s operations and the little nuances of how things work,” Musleh said.

Musleh said he learned a lot from his time as a council member and feels it has prepared him for this election.

According to Musleh, Ocala’s biggest issues are finances and economic development. During his time in office, the city made pension reforms to cope with rising pension costs that were becoming more difficult to fund. Musleh said he wants to continue in that direction.

“Our pension costs were escalating beyond our ability continued to fund it,” Mulseh said. “During this last year we did have pension reform for the general employees and I would like to see that moved on to our fire and police collective bargain units with the different pension funds.”

Musleh is also pushing the issue of economic development. The FedEx plant was approved during Musleh’s time in office and he believes the plant will help solve some economic issues and provide more jobs for Ocala residents.

“Our economic development continues to do good,” Musleh said.

A long time volunteer for the Ocala Code Enforcement Board and University of Florida graduate, Musleh said his experience and roots in the community give him the upper hand in the election.


This entry was posted in Politics and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Politics

Trial Date Set For ACLU, Lake County School’s Gay-Straight Alliance Case

May 2 has been set as the trial date for a lawsuit challenging the Lake County School Board’s refusal to allow students at Carver Middle School in Leesburg, Florida, to form a gay-straight alliance. ACLU attorney Daniel Tiller said they are appealing based on the First Amendment and Equal Access Act.


DSC_0319

Scott Plans To Reduce Standardized Testing Statewide

An executive action to be issued by Governor Scott would reduce the number of tests Florida students are required to take. Subsequent legislation would eliminate progress-monitoring requirements, make certain exams optional and reassess how to evaluate teachers in public schools.


About 300 Amendment 1 supporters and environmentalists gathered in Tallahassee to rally for conservation spending. The crowd later separated into regional groups to talk to their representatives about the bill.

Environmental Groups ‘Rally In Tally’ To Talk Amendment 1 Spending

Environmental groups across the state sent supporters to the capital on Wednesday to discuss the allocation of funds set aside by Amendment 1, the Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative. The Florida legislative session will begin in March, and the bill will take effect on July 1.


District 1 Commission Seat candidates discuss ways transportation between the East and West sides of Gainesville can be improved.

Gainesville City Commission Candidates Discuss Transportation Improvements

Finding a way around Gainesville can be difficult with limited buses and dangerous bike lanes, but City Commission candidates offer similar solutions to improve transportation issues. Yet a public forum revealed they do not agree on how to pay for the changes.


LB Hannahs, co-founder of Gainesville Equality Youth, works on various tasks regarding LGBT-specific projects in Gainesville, Florida. Hannahs strives to provide an open space for LGBT minors, especially those who have undergone conversion therapy. Photo by Damian Gonzalez.

Concerns Over LGBT Youth Suicide Spur Anti-Conversion Therapy Bills

A bill recently introduced in the Florida House of Representatives could ban the use of conversion therapy, a practice used to change sexual orientation or gender identity, on LGBT minors in Florida.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments