ORLANDO SENTINEL EDITORIAL
Frederick's futuristic idea
Our position: Using unspent campaign cash to develop young leaders was an
Posted July 22, 2005
There are a lot of things former Orlando Mayor Bill Frederick could have done with his
leftover political contributions when Orlando called off the special election for interim
mayor earlier this year.
Typically, politicians donate the money to their next campaign, to other candidates or to
their political party. To Mr. Frederick's credit, he put the money toward the community's
future. He donated all the money remaining in his campaign account -- $60,000 -- to
encourage promising young people to become community and political leaders.
This cause is a perfect fit for Mr. Frederick, who served as Orlando mayor from 1980 to
1992. Indeed, Mr. Frederick listed the need to get more young people involved in the
community as a top issue when he was a candidate in the special election, which was
called after Mayor Buddy Dyer was indicted and suspended. It's no surprise that he didn't
forget about that issue after Mr. Dyer was cleared and returned to office.
Mr. Frederick understands the need to develop a deep pool of talented young people who
are prepared to lead this community. That's critical to ensure that Orlando matures into a
The non-partisan, non-profit Downtown Orlando Foundation is using the money to create
the Frederick Leadership Initiative. It will serve as a forum to expose young people to
established political leaders and to discuss critical issues.
Mr. Frederick's donation sets an example for other politicians: Why not use unspent
campaign money for something other than simply another candidacy?