Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 at 9:00am

Wiseman Needed in Mount Dora?

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Randy Wiseman
Candidate Mount Dora
Mayor

On November 8, 2011, the citizens in Mount Dora will vote on a new mayor.  The voters must decide if they want to continue Melissa DeMarco’s liberal, progressive, no-party affiliation path of government, which has led to crumbling streets and the exodus of businesses; or a conservative, pro-business form of government.

Three candidates have qualified for the upcoming election of Mount Dora Mayor:

  • Robert Thielhelm – Current Mount Dora Councilman (District 2)
  • Joseph Scurlock – Self-professed Progressive
  • Randy Wiseman – Republican and Former Lake County School Board Member

We sat down with Randy Wiseman to discuss the Mount Dora City Mayor election and the direction of the city, and he had some interesting perspectives.  For background, and to put the discussion in context, here is a brief, thumbnail sketch of the other two candidates for Mount Dora City Mayor.

Robert Thielhelm – No Party Affiliation.  Thielhelm is the current District 2 Mount Dora City Councilman, and he moved to Mount Dora in 2001 from a career which took him from Connecticut to Saudi Arabia.  He was a mechanical engineer in the naval industry.  He recently voted to increase the property tax millage rate in the city of Mount Dora.

Joseph Scurlock – Self-professed Progressive.  According to Scurlock’s Facebook page, he spent most of his life in Ohio, and while attending Ohio University he was a member of the LEAF Party (Leadership Environment and Fun).  On his Facebook page, Scurlock posts a very Obama-type remark, “We all need to succeed or none succeed,” and he lists his religious views as “Good Karma.”  It appears, based on his picture on a scooter coupled with his political plan, that he hopes to make Mount Dora an eco-friendly city catering to golf carts, scooters, and segways.

Randy Wiseman says he is a conservative Republican who has been married 40 years to his wife, LuAnne.  Together, they have owned and operated Wiseman Gymnastics Academy for the last 35 years.  In addition, Wiseman has been a licensed real estate broker in the Mount Dora community for 25 years.  The couple has three sons, whom he refers to as the “Three Wisemen.”

Wiseman supports smaller government and lower taxes, and he has a five-point plan to promote business in Mount Dora, which includes:

  1. Redirect almost $1 million dollars for walkways in the woods and a leisure park to repair curbs and sidewalks in the crumbling downtown district.
  2. Have a business link page on the City of Mount Dora website to promote the businesses within the city.
  3. Analyze all ordinances and fee charges, and eliminate those which are unnecessarily hampering business.  Wiseman says he will strive to make Mount Dora pro-business.
  4. As a trained facilitator, Wiseman will impose, on all City of Mount Dora departments, a new philosophy, which treats business and property owners in the manner in which they deserve.  He wants city employees to be pro-service and more business friendly.
  5. Wiseman wants to hold a summit with all downtown business owners to figure out strategies to fill vacant buildings; however, he insists he will not impose any government mandates or new government regulations on downtown businesses.

Wiseman says the City of Mount Dora needs a new direction because the current one is not working.  “They had liberal leadership and I am going to start pushing back,” is how Wiseman describes his new direction for the City of Mount Dora’s departments.  “I’m going to be a big cheerleader for the town,” and, “we are going to make Mount Dora the destination of a lifetime.”

Of his opponents, Wiseman says Thielhelm is No Party Affiliation, which translates to him as a Democrat, and Wiseman touts being a Republican his whole life.  Wiseman is also quick to point out his long-term roots in Mount Dora, compared to Thielhelm, who only became a resident in 2001.  As for Joseph Scurlock, Wiseman points out he is a self-professed progressive who has attended the last few city council meetings in “shorts and flip flops.”

Citizens for Better Government, L.L.C. does not endorse candidates, but we do believe it is important to inform our conservative base who is running in the local elections.  The citizens of Mount Dora have one of three choices in their upcoming election for Mayor:  One candidate, who is a liberal Mount Dora Councilman, and who has voted to dramatically raise property tax millage rates; another candidate, who appears to be an extreme Obama liberal, with no experience; or a candidate, who is a conservative Republican, as well as a family man, with deep ties to Mount Dora.

The choice by the citizens of Mount Dora in the November election will determine if Mount Dora blazes a new pro-business direction or continues to be a crumbling city that will play long-term, second fiddle to the City of Tavares.

We encourage everyone to meet the candidates, know the issues, and vote in the election for Mount Dora City Mayor on November 8, 2011.

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34 Responses to “Wiseman Needed in Mount Dora?”

  1. Mt Dora Voter says:

    Just to let you know, after a Candidates’ forum at Lakes of Mount Dora, they endorsed Joe Scurlock for Mayor and Don Stuart for City Council. Congratulations to Lakes of Mount Dora for listening to all the candidates!

    Mr. Scurlock has met with members of City Council, downtown business members, and VisitMountDora. He is ready to begin creating business ideas on November 9!!

  2. I don’t see anywhere that Joe’s post shows any sort of temper tantrum or “Mob” mentality. Personally, if this is the “spin” your camp wants to place on this campaign, I’m sure the people with common sense can see right through it. The only one that looks like they are throwing a temper tantrum is you!

  3. Mount Dora Voter says:

    To “You are wasting your Time”‘s last comment, if a candidate has invited RSOL to contact them for an interview, and RSOL does not, how do they further contact RSOL? Further, I haven’t seen any post from Mr Scurlock in which he lost his temper. I think the citizens’ request to have RSOL interview all candidates is a fair one for this important race. Failing that, I hope more people attend City Council meetings.

    At the last meeting, the City of Winter Garden illustrated how their city leaders have re-invigorated their downtown. Mr. Wood is trying to make inroads in encouraging policies to encourage new businesses. Many of the concepts from Mr. Scurlock are being discussed.

  4. Mount Dora Voter says:

    To “You are wasting your Time”‘s last comment, if a candidate has invited RSOL to contact them for an interview, and RSOL does not, how do they further contact RSOL? Further, I haven’t seen any post from Mr Scurlock in which he lost his temper. I think the citizens’ request to have RSOL interview all candidates is a fair one for this important race. Failing that, I hope more people attend City Council meetings.

    At the last meeting, the City of Winter Garden illustrated how their city leaders have re-invigorated their downtown. Mr. Wood is trying to make inroads in encouraging policies to encourage new businesses. Many of the concepts from Mr. Scurlock are being discussed. If citizens get informed about the major challenges facing Mount Dora, hopefully we will see a revitalized downtown in the future.

  5. Joe, I think if the RSOL wanted to contact you they would do so. The invitation for you and all others to contact RSOL has been long standing and you have failed to so do! We don’t run things around here like the Mob expects! We ain’t learned to pucker yet! When you have a temper tantrum around here like your blog fits you are subject to need some medical services.

    Like Randy Wiseman you are wasting your time! We are not going to install people who sue our government agencies and brag about it and we are not going to install people who can’t control their temper as Mayor of Mt. Dora. We want good honest people to help us re-establish our great little downtown community to the charm it once was. We don’t need the likes of Al Capone running our city! You can take your email address and put it where the sun don’t shine!

  6. In response to “the cart before the horse” Please see his comment below where he has cordially invited RSOL to contact him. Did you miss that? “I also invite you to contact me at joescurlockformayor@gmail.com where I will be more than happy to answer your tough questions. I look forward to hearing back from you in the near future and look forward to humbly serving the Citizens of Mount Dora.” <—— I copy & pasted it specifically for you just in case you did…

  7. Beattie Waxjob- as always you libs have the cart before the horse- Jow is the one that is
    supposed to do the calling! RSOL issued the invitation- it’s the want to be pollies that are supposed to do the calling!

  8. Looking at the comments below, it is proof that our education system is seriously lacking and that the majority of these people must have received their “quality” education in Lake County… Ever hear of a dictionary? Even your computer should tell you when you misspell a word. And, grammar must be non-existent. Even the standard response that is sent from here to verify your subscription spells it in the subject line as “subscribtion”. If the source of this awful right-wing agenda can’t spell, maybe one should consider the source.

  9. Name says:

    Just to let everyone know, “No Party Affiliation” is absolutely fine for this race, as it is not a necessary means to run. “No Party Affiliation” means simply that… “NO PARTY AFFILIATION”! And, whichever parties the candidates belong to does not matter, as they should hopefully all be for the progress of the City of Mount Dora. I’m still interested in knowing whether or not RSOL has contacted Thielhelm or Scurlock in regards to their “tough” questions. I’m assuming not, as I’m sure they want to USE Randy (he is not a “Wiseman”, so I refuse to refer to him by his last name) as their patsy. At first I thought they interviewed him to really show the public how he would NOT make a great mayor and the joke is on him, but after speaking to others in the Community, I realize that no, RSOL really supports him. I do hope that the moderator of this “blog” reaches out to the other candidates, because I’m sure the Community would like to see how they are the better candidates. I just don’t think that will happen, as they would not want to reveal anything that will take votes away from their little do-boy, Randy. Just Google Randy Wiseman. You will see frivolous lawsuits & ethics violations dating back to the 1990′s. He is corrupt and not someone who will make a positive, progressive change that this town needs. He really is in it for the money, & the position doesn’t even pay a lot. He’s the unpopular kid that wants to strut his stuff and act like he is the Big Daddy of Mt. Dora. I hope everyone can see right through his nonsense.

  10. Have you been contacted for your side of the story yet, Joe?

  11. Being a “NPA” or “Independant” or whatever does not preclude anyone from running for office! Just as in the 1950′s every Lake Office holder was a democrat that would not he stopped a yankee from moving south and running for a local office as a republican! It would have just been a stupid move because they would not have a voter base!

    Since the democrat party was invaded around 1964 and the Johnson administration era by the socialitst movement and has continued to decline into chaos the Lake County senerio is now the exact opposite as it was in the 1950′s. Long serving Supervisor of Elections Emogene Stegall has long been the last surviving deomcrat in Lake County and thanks to the excellent public service she provides will continue to do so as long as she wants the job!

    According to the remarks of a previous idiot all those who disclose the truth on this blog are labeled “pervs” and porn watchers! That is because they have no defense against the truths exposed on this and other blogs. Many unemployed voters and taxpayers have turned their spare time (which is abundant!) into government watch for waste and abuse of our money!

    With the availability of so many free research tools it is easy for the people to do their own research on all candidates- google is a wonderful tool! Check out the stories and histories of all potential candidates including these small cities! The wrong mayor and council members who hire the wrong city manager can destroy and bancktupt a small city overnight! Research on Fruitland Park’s Saunders shows he was run off from at least two Florida cities and why!

    So, for the present, but fast disappearing, we are still the good old free USA- let everyone qualified run and don’t be too ignorant and lazy to do your homework on them and vote for and elect the best one for the job- if everyone would do this hopefully sooner than later we will awake from this disastrious nightmare!

  12. Question? says:

    How can this Thielhelm guy run for Mayor when he does’nt even claim a party. He may be a closet liberial. Just saying.

  13. To Joe, says:

    The perv’s on this site will bitch about anything. They go after any one who is at least trying to make a difference. Most of them sit at their computers in their underware and visit this site in between their porn site visits. Good Luck Joe.

  14. Joe Scurlock says:

    Good Morning,

    I was just forwarded this link this morning and found it quite interesting. I don’t think it is necessary for the respondents to attack Randy Wiseman, however, I do feel it is important to defend my position. Yes, I am a progressive voice for change, just like Ronald Reagan called himself a “Progressive”. I am a true moderate and support highly conservative fiscal policies. I have been a serial entrepreneur my entire life starting at age 12 with my own lawn company and currently own a number of profitable businesses here in Mount Dora today. I believe in business, and I believe that business can bring our economy back to life. I invite you to take a look at my website, http://www.joescurlock.com, and have a look at my resume. There you will discover that I have owned and operated many businesses with a successful track record. I also invite you to contact me at joescurlockformayor@gmail.com where I will be more than happy to answer your tough questions. I look forward to hearing back from you in the near future and look forward to humbly serving the Citizens of Mount Dora.

    Best regards,
    Joe Scurlock
    Candidate for Mayor of Mount Dora, Florida

    PS: I do enjoy wearing shorts and flip flops. I find it very comfortable having come from Oregon to Florida.

  15. admin says:

    Other candidates are welcomed to reach out to us if they are willing to answer the tough questions. As you will see on Friday and all through out our website we eagerly allow other voices. The best example is your voice and this comment.

  16. Randy must be really scared that Joe is going to take votes away from him! He is mainly attacking Joe in this uncredible forum. Nothing really on Thielhelm. Randy is scared that Joe is going to take away his votes! Poor Randy! Who’s he going to sue now?

  17. It’s not like you are actually publishing comments that oppose yours anyway!

  18. BTW… Abraham Lincoln, Richard Nixon, Eisenhauer, & Ronald Reagan ran under the premise of being “Progressive”. When did it become a dirty word? Please tell me, you right winged close minded idiots who don’t know history!

  19. And, what is a trained facilitator anyway? Seems like garbage to me! Facilitating suing for more campaigns? And, working for Buddy Atkins is proof that he is the Lake Gertrude puppet! Smile away, Fat Man, smile away! Bob Thielhelm is vice mayor, by the way, & Joe Scurlock is a much better face for this city that you could ever be!

  20. I like big butts and I can not lie
    You other brothers can’t deny
    That when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist
    And a round thing in your face
    You get sprung

  21. Very interesting that Randy Wiseman has decided to smear the competition due to his ineptitude. Thielhelm is way smarter than he is & Scurlock has created more business than you can even comprehend. You would be a puppet for the rich. You are the next George W. for these local yokels! Nice to know that the money you stole from our school system funded your campaign you big whiney baby! Since when did a “Progressive” become such a bad word or Obama for that matter? Who cares if the guy shows up in shorts & flip flops?!?! At least he is real, unlike your fakeness who shows up to shake hands & hand out business cards. Not like you really care about what is happening in Mt. Dora! How many campaigns & seats have you run for & lost? You are a laughing stock & this political BS blog is just as phony! How many businesses has Wiseman run and have been profitable? I challenge whoever runs this website to actually contact the other candidates for their points of view. But, I’m sure you are all too scared at seeing the reality! Randy Wiseman is a loser!!! Support a loser! Contact Joe Scurlock-a true business man! I think Randy knows his competition will eat him alive! Phony baloney! This town needs change, not the same BS the REPUBLICAN regime & Lake Gertrude has kept in place!!!

  22. Randy is still better than anyone who calls himself a Progressive (Regressive is the correct term) and would also be better than the current buffoon and yes, of course almost anyone else would be as well. Scurlock would make Mount Dora Florida’s newest ghost town and Tavares wouldn’t know what to do with all those “refugee” businesses. Some of them should instead consider flying a hammer and sickle flag in hopes of getting a bailout of some kind — funded by the taxpayers of course.

  23. i think randy’s strategy is simply- get the job-get stressed- have a guy raking a park scare him-then sue the city like he did the citizens of lake county. as we all know- this is only about money!

  24. Randy,

    Wal-Mart has got them Preparation-H Totables like Cadwell, Conner and Minkoff carry after they been in the barrel at the RSOL for $2.89. Sounds like you need to stock up on some of ‘em!

  25. Name says:

    Right of Lake doesn’t endorse candidates? Sure looks to me like you endorsed Wiseman and smeared the others.

  26. Randy, when you put yourself up for public office today you open yourself up to all kinds of statements and questions and such. Can you please tell us if you are any kin to Jimmy Conner, you guys look alike and sure as hell act alike. Just wondering we deservie to know who is kin to who, you know.

  27. Name Do What says:

    “Operated Wiseman Gymnastics Academy for the last 35 years.” Duh! How does one “operate” a gym without working out? This dude is has got a super pussel gut- card carrying frequent diner at the Golden Circle! If you can’t do it preach it or lie about it! Just what we need another laughing stock of Mount Dora Mayor like when we had “Jessie.”

  28. Talk about being caught with your preverbial pants down! This is worse than catching Jimmy Swaggart at the super 8 with a prostitute! I think you have a little bit more explaining to do,,, and when did having do party affiliation make one a dumbocrat? Both parties are corrupt to the bone and rsol carries the water instead of dealing with the issues in a responsible way!!

  29. Help says:

    Mr. Wiseman,
    Perhaps if you are wishing to be the elected official and the spokesperson for our great town, a class in grammar might come in handy.
    Your comment:
    To my detractors,
    Your distain and detest for me is only surpassed by your willingness to blog it.
    Having said that; thank GOD we live in a country that protects you and your cowardice rhetoric.
    Randy Wiseman
    The word is “disdain” not distain. The word “detest” is not used properly and there is a huge fragmented sentence to follow. You would have been better off not posting.

  30. since randy did not deny these allegations i guess that means they are true. mt dora will be the laughing stock of lake county if he wins.

  31. Yes Randy! Thank God we live in a country where it is possible for us to tell the truth and disclose to other decent humans that we have people like you who scheme to rob the taxpayers with such things as “an anxiety disorder” that was cured by $15,000.00! Also, if the people of Mount Dora are unlucky enough to have you Mayor they had better hope you are more successful teaching these downtown business owners how to run a business than you have been running Wiseman Gymnastics’ Inc. into the ground! Yes Randy, as hard as you and your friends like Ralph Smith, Fred Johnson, Vance Jochim and others have tried to stop the truth from being exposed on the RSOL and other locations, it’s right here for the reading! Court documents are available! If “conservatives” like you had the way you could rob the system and keep it frim the punlic! The differences in your stories “Wiseman, who helps run a gymnastics school in Tavares.” When settling the lawsuit, and “Wife, LuAnne, together, they have owned and operated Wiseman Gymnastics Academy for the last 35 years. We feel sure the nice folks who run this RSOL had no idea as too your character when they wrote that story! We bet they will be more careful next time when dealing with long time local “conservative’s!”

    We are not “your detractor’s” per se! You are nothing special other than someone who has manipulated the system for persoanl gain! People like you do it everyday! We are simply a very large group of people hell bent on making Lake County and every city in it a better place to love and live by bringing facts before the public that are constantly suppressed by the local socialist-communist leaning media organizations! We have been very successful in doing so! You can rest assured you history is available for all to see as will be the history of many others who have hid behind the cloak of Lake County’s good ole boy system for years!

    The people of Mount Dora would be well off if you removed youself from this race post haste before you file a lawsuit against city taxpayers for “disabled from an anxiety disorder due to running for Mayor!”

  32. To my detractors,
    Your distain and detest for me is only surpassed by your willingness to blog it.
    Having said that; thank GOD we live in a country that protects you and your cowardice rhetoric.
    Randy Wiseman

  33. You folks are batting zero in the credibility ball field here lately! You can’t pretend to be conservative on one hand and work to deny the people their constitutionally guaranteed right to vote on issues such as a special taxing districts on the other! By doing so you have alienated the entire City of Leesburg governing body as well as most of your bloggers who can see right through your antics! Now you go and write an article and almost endorse probably the least credible candidate for Mayor of Mount Dora! You really need to do your homework before you write these articles- people with little or no brains might believe you!

    We are glad to see the RSOL does not really endorse political candidates! It appears the only criteria, unless your name is Bainter, is to come crawling and screaming “I’m a conservative” to get your attention. No attention is paid to the history of abuse of taxpayers dollars at the hands of the candidates! Even worse no attention is paid to the fact he claimed an “anxiety disorder” when he sued “we the taxpayers!” And to ad insult to injury that remark about “Wiseman has been a licensed real estate broker in the Mount Dora community for 25 years.” REAL TRUTH: Randy Wiseman holds a real estate brokers license since 1987 alright but, he has it signed on with none other than Buddy Atkins Realty as a Broker Salesman- Yep! That same ole Buddy “the bull” Atkins that ran for county commissioner! Just like now “Wiseman and his wife, LuAnne. have owned and operated Wiseman Gymnastics Academy for the last 35 years.” But back in March 2011 when he settled his lawsuit against Lake County School Board it was “Wiseman, who “helps run a gymnastics school” in Tavares.” Who knows maybe he’s on disability social security for his “anxiety disorder affliction” and can’t have a real paying job!
    Yep! You folks know how to pick them alright!

    Admittedly a close look at the current list of candidates for mayor by reasonable people don’t leave many choices but, Randy Wiseman should stand out like a sore thumb!

    If Randy Wiseman can’t take the stress of broom pushing at the Mount Dora High School (which he apparently left off his resume with you!) he sure won’t be able to take the abuse and stress as mayor! Look at the attacks they brought against attorney and former councilman Homich and remarks in your article from Tom Eppich Mount Dora Councilman, including the extra police attention! Unlike Wiseman they didn’t suffer from a pre-existing condition of anxiety disorder, the effects of which were made worse, when a co-worker teased him and tried to scare him by jumping out from behind “things.”

    Then again, who knows just like all other professional politicians maybe $15,000. cash was all it took to make him well again or, maybe even better he just wants to get elected to mayor and get stressed out and sue the city taxpayers for failure to protect him from all those other city taxpayers who harassed him because “he’s disabled” and then retaliated against him for complaining. Man, that’s money in the bank!

    Former Lake School Board member Randy Wiseman settles harassment suit with district

    News Release – February 13, 2011

    Former Lake County School Board member Randy Wiseman has won $15,000 in a settlement with the school district.

    Wiseman, 61, sued the district last year, saying his bosses at Mount Dora High School allowed a co-worker to harass him because “he’s disabled” and then retaliated against him for complaining.

    By winning the settlement, he said he felt like he had succeeded in making his point — that the district’s employee grievance system has flaws and administrators did not handle the situation appropriately.

    “It’s just a very long, expensive process that wasn’t necessary,” said Wiseman, who served on the board from 1994 to 1998. “If the School Board would have simply enforced their policies, nothing would have happened.”

    The board’s attorney, Steve Johnson, said the settlement is no indication of wrongdoing. It’s often cheaper to settle such lawsuits, he said, than to get further involved in costly litigation.
    “I’m sure it was a business decision” on the part of the insurance company representing Lake in the case, Johnson said.

    Wiseman said he’s not finished pushing the issue, however. He plans to approach the School Board about looking into the problem of administrators shrugging off employee complaints.
    Wiseman, who helps run a gymnastics school in Tavares, “was a school custodian until he left the district in late 2009. At the time, he suffered from an anxiety disorder, the effects of which were made worse, he said, when a co-worker teased him and tried to scare him by jumping out from behind things.”

    He alleged that administrators retaliated against him for complaining by giving him another job and moving the co-worker to a supervisory role over him. [Maybe that co-worker should run for mayor!]

    District officials have said they investigated complaints from Wiseman a few times but they were unfounded.

  34. as a janitor at mt dora high school, randy sued the school because they failed to protect him from being bullied by students. and rsol is supporting him? geez

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