Political Newcomer Andrew Jeng Raises A Stunning $25,000 In Kissimmee Commission Race

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Tech entrepreneur and smart city candidate Andrew Jeng, who is new to the political arena, has qualified and raised $25,000 in his bid for Kissimmee City Commission Seat 2. His nearest opponent has raised only $1,550.

Since his campaign kickoff, Jeng has rolled up his sleeves, started knocking on doors and making phone calls, and meeting with donors. His efforts have been paying off. “I’m excited to have donations pouring in locally and nationwide to support my historic campaign for Kissimmee City Commissioner.” Jeng is the first esteemed Chinese American to run for public office in the City of Kissimmee.

Kissimmee is considered one of the most diverse cities in Florida, and its City Commission proves that, representing the African American, Hispanic and Caucasian communities. “It’s important to me that the City Commission reflects the community it represents,” said Jeng.

Jeng has picked up endorsements from State Representative John Cortez and Osceola County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor Deborah Livingston. Other major endorsements are forthcoming. Additionally, Congressman Darren Soto recently awarded Jeng special recognition by adding his name in the U.S. Congressional Record as a community leader.

Jeng came to the U.S. with $100 in his pocket in pursuit of the American Dream. Thirty years later, he now owns one of Florida’s most successful technology companies, with over thirty franchises across the U.S. and hundreds of employees.

The primary election is set for August 28, 2018 and the general election is November 6, 2018.

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This article originally appeared on Orlando Political Observer.com

Kissimmee city candidate Andrew Jeng airs Spanish TV commercial

Kissimmee City Commission candidate Andrew Jeng is launching a Spanish-language television commercial to support his campaign to be elected in the city’s Seat 2 race.

Jeng, who also is announcing the endorsement from Kissimmee Democratic Rep. John Cortes, is in a five-way battle for the seat. Jeng faces Felix Ortiz, Patti Daugherty, Reginald Hardee, and Steven Mullis in the August 28 election. If no one gets more than 50 percent, the top two advance to a November election.

So far, only Jeng has raised any serious money, raising almost $22,000 for his campaign through the end of May.

In the 30-second spot, “Hola,” Jeng, speaking in Spanish, says, “After thirty years of pursuing the American dream, I want to give back to the community that has been so welcoming to me and my family. As an entrepreneur, I’m running to bring a small business approach to promote efficient economic development and make Kissimmee a safe and affordable place to live and work.”

It’s the second commercial aired by Jeng. The first was in English and addressed the need to help people displaced to Kissimmee from Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria.

In a separate release, Jeng quotes Cortes: “The city of Kissimmee is growing and the need for effective leadership and a diversified Board has never been greater. I believe the election of Andrew Jeng for Kissimmee City Commission will bring the necessary leadership that Kissimmee needs to keep growing.”

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This article originally appeared on Orlando Rising. com

Entrepreneur Andrew Jeng, the First Non-Partisan Asian American Running For Kissimmee City Commission, Seat 2

WINDERMERE, Fla. – Among Asian American voters, Floridians are likely to see more Asian Americans running for political offices in the years to come. Case in point, year 2018 is the year when the first Asian American, Andrew Jeng, is running for the office of Kissimmee City Commission, Seat 2. Mr. Jeng was born in Taiwan and has been a resident of Florida for over 25 years.

He sees this candidacy as an opportunity to give back to Kissimmee, a city that has given him much both in terms of opportunities as well as a community of wonderfully supportive people for him and his family. With years of experience as an entrepreneur, he would like to incorporate and promote efficient and economic development approach into the development of Kissimmee.

Ultimately, his goal is to help Kissimmee to be a safe, affordable, and prosperous place for people to live and to work. He aims to help provide more high paying jobs and take care of seniors, homeless families, and veterans. Mr. Jeng is also taking this opportunity to encourage more Asian Americans to become involved in the civic affairs and participate in public services.  Kissimmee has a very diverse population group. Through participation, Asian Americans may be able to help others to better understand the Asian American cultures.

I have the opportunity to interview Mr. Jeng on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at the Crazy Buffet of Orlando (7038 W. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL  32818, 407-522-1688), after his meeting with an Asian/Taiwanese American Club. Besides a wide selection of dishes, Crazy Buffet has a pleasant and clean environment, with a special meeting room in the back with capacity of about 100, surrounded by a wall mural with imagery of  fantasy islands that undoubtedly soothe the memory of those who came from the islands.

I found out that Andrew Jeng has been involved with many community organizations, from Boys & Girls ClubSenior First, Inc., Asian American Heritage Council, Chinese Chamber of CommerceKiwanis InternationalInternational Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and American Veteran groups.

He is the owner of a computer information company and the president of Asian Pacific Islanders American Public Affairs of Central Florida (APAPA), president of Kiwanis Club of Kissimmee, Florida, and Strategic Liaison of Taiwan Consulate in US Partner and Member of International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Andrew Jeng has received his master degree in computer information from the New York Institute of Technology.  Due to his service in the community, he received the award of community service of Asian American Heritage Council in Orlando in 2009 and Outstanding Asian American from Orange County, Orlando, FL, in 2016.

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This article originally appeared on Windermere Sun. com

“Hola”: Andrew Jeng Unveils First Spanish Campaign Ad

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Kissimmee City Commission, Seat 2 frontrunner Andrew Jeng is taking his campaign message directly to the Hispanic community by unveiling a new Spanish television ad, “Hola,” Jeng’s campaign announced in a press release Monday. The new ad supplements the currently running English ad, additionally reaching Kissimmee’s newest Puerto Rican evacuees affected by Hurricane Maria.

Jeng’s campaign reports that he has a three-pronged vision for the City of Kissimmee: creating a new technological mecca, creating jobs, and increasing affordable housing for Kissimmee’s residents.

Jeng’s Spanish campaign ad can be viewed here.

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This article originally published on Florida National News.com.

VIDEO: Andrew Jeng Releases First Campaign TV Ad in Kissimmee Commission Race

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Tech entrepreneur Andrew Jeng releases his first campaign TV ad in Kissimmee City Commission, Seat 2 race, Jeng’s campaign said in a news release Saturday.

“After thirty years of pursuing the American Dream, I want to give back to the community that has been so welcoming to me and my family,” Jeng shares in the 31-second video. “As an entrepreneur, I’m running to bring a small business approach to promote efficient economic development and make Kissimmee a safe and affordable place to live and work.”

Jeng’s campaign TV ad can be found here.

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This article originally appeared on Florida National News.com.

Political Newcomer Andrew Jeng Raises a Stunning $25,000 in Kissimmee Commission Race

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Tech entrepreneur and smart city candidate Andrew Jeng, who is new to the political arena, has qualified and raised $25,000 in his bid for Kissimmee City Commission Seat 2. His nearest opponent has raised only $1,550, Jeng’s campaign announced in a news release Wednesday.

Since his campaign kickoff, Jeng has rolled up his sleeves, started knocking on doors and making phone calls, and meeting with donors. His efforts have been paying off.

“I’m excited to have donations pouring in locally and nationwide to support my historic campaign for Kissimmee City Commissioner.” Jeng is the first esteemed Chinese American to run for public office in the City of Kissimmee, the release said.

Kissimmee is considered one of the most diverse cities in Florida, and its City Commission proves that, representing the African American, Hispanic and Caucasian communities. “It’s important to me that the City Commission reflects the community it represents,” said Jeng.

Jeng has picked up endorsements from State Representative John Cortez and Osceola County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor Deborah Livingston. Other major endorsements are forthcoming.

Additionally, Congressman Darren Soto recently awarded Jeng special recognition by adding his name in the U.S. Congressional Record as a community leader.

Jeng came to the U.S. with $100 in his pocket in pursuit of the American Dream. Thirty years later, he now owns one of Florida’s most successful technology companies, with over thirty franchises across the U.S. and hundreds of employees.

The primary election is set for August 28, 2018 and the general election is November 6, 2018.

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This article originally appeared on Florida National News.com.

Kissimmee City Commissioner Candidate Andrew Jeng Receives Congressional Recognition

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Business owner, community organizer and candidate for Kissimmee City Commissioner Andrew Jeng’s years of hard work and dedication to community service finally paid off when Congressman Darren Soto awarded him with a congressional recognition as a distinguished leader in Central Florida at Soto’s congressional office in Kissimmee, Tuesday evening.

Jeng was among nine honorees Congressman Soto recognized for their achievements as community leaders in celebration of 2018 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Here’s what Congressman Soto entered into the official congressional record in recognition of Jeng’s accomplishments:

“Andrew Jeng has been extensively involved with different communities and organizations.

“He is the owner of UPTECH Computer Information Company, the President of Asian Pacific Islanders American Public Affairs of Central Florida (APAPA).

“President of Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida; and Principal of Kissimmee Chinese School, and President of Kiwanis Club of Kissimmee, Florida.

“In the past, Andrew was involved with the Boys & Girls Club, Senior First, Inc.; the Asian American Heritage Council; Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce; International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); American Veteran groups.

“As the President of Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida, he supported the business community with facilities and intimate knowledge of the community as well as supporting business through advocating for positive business legislation, hosting networking events and seminars and international outreach.

“Andrew received the award of Outstanding Asian American from Orange County, Orlando on 2016 and in 2009 the community service of Asian American Heritage Council in Orlando. He earned a Bachelor of Laws in Central Police University in Taiwan and a Master degree of Computer Information from New York Institute of Technology.”

Photo: Willie David/Florida National News

Local elected officials also in attendance of this presentation include: Osceola County Russ Gibson, State Representative John Cortes and Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor and Vice Chair Daisy Morales.

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This article originally appeared on Florida National News.com.