Lake County Republican Chairman Michael Levine
Greetings Friends and Neighbors!
It is my distinct pleasure to serve Lake County Republicans. Lake County Republican Executive Committee members are your Go-To guys and girls for questions and concerns about politics and government. We will keep you informed on government affairs. We will familiarize you with candidates for public office. We will listen to your concerns and suggestions and we will be your liaison to public officials. We want to know you and understand your positions on public policy. Lake County Republicans believe in Limited Government, Free Markets and Fiscal Responsibility. The eight hundred pound gorilla in the room is the question, “What do we want government to do for us?” When we define the appropriate scope of the public safety net and agree on the definitive role of government in the lives of free people we will be well on the way to restoring economic prosperity and resuming the unparalleled quality of life that made the United States of America the envy of the world. Let’s get to work!
On June 27, 2012, the Lake County Republican Party heard the recommendations of its Campaign Sub Committee which spent several hours a week for six months interviewing and evaluating the qualifications of candidates seeking public office in certain county races of interest to the Party. A forum was held giving Republican Executive Committee Members an opportunity to engage with the candidates. The Party debated the qualifications of each candidate that chose to be vetted, then spoke its mind concerning the level of support that each candidate qualifies for. Each candidate was considered for one of the following levels of support defined as 1) no support 2) certifiable 3) recommend or 4) endorse. The decision to vet candidates was a controversial one. The Party accepted its responsibility to assist its members and the public in their candidate support and selection decisions. The Lake County Republican Party will continue to research candidates, publicize qualifications and provide a platform for the debate that is necessary for voters to make informed decisions at the ballot box.
On July 24,, 2012 Lake County Republicans unanimously passed, quorum present, a resolution requiring the Party to petition the Lake County Board of County Commissioners to withdraw from FL Statute 381.00651, the Sewage Treatment and Disposal System Evaluation and Assessment Program legislation. The legislation requires septic tanks to be inspected and pumped-out every five years. The effect of the statute is to require citizens, whose septic tanks are working well, to spend approximately $500 in costs and fees to service their septic tanks. There are thousands of septic tanks in Lake County. Financial Times are tough. Households should not be required to expend resources toward an inspection that provides no benefit to them or to flowing water or the aquifer. The Party is happy to provide copies of the resolution and its rationale and arguments to interested parties. We look forward to the support of the Board of County Commissioners on this issue. The Lake County Republican Party will continue to advance positions on public policy matters.
On May 29, 2012, the Lake County Republican Party embarked on a five stop Listening Tour, fashioned after town hall meetings, held in each of Lake County’s County Commission Districts. The intent of the Listening Tour was to meet face to face with Lake County Republicans giving attendees an opportunity to tell the Party what their expectations for the Party are. We learned that Republicans are tired of politics as usual. Republicans want the Party to, not only vet candidates but, develop candidates for public office. Republicans told the committee that they want the Party to get out into the community more and build the relevance of the Party. The committee was told that it is important to engage young and old alike, encouraging all to defend the principles of limited government, free markets and fiscal responsibility for generations to come. Precinct Committee Representatives are the life of the Party. Success comes by winning elections one precinct at a time. The Party must provide strong support for its Precinct Representatives. It was acknowledged that the Party must find alternative sources of money needed to advance its initiatives. Creative Social Events, Educational Events, and Small Donor Programs were suggested as ways to grow the money tree. The Lake County Republican Party’s 2012 Listening Tour accomplished the Party’s intention to engage with Republicans in their home towns. The Party will continue to reach out to Republicans and implement their recommendations by implementing effective strategies and tactics.
The future of the Lake County Republican Party is bright. Right now, in August 2012, it is focused on winning the 2012 General Election. Barack Obama and his band of extreme liberal globalists cannot be allowed to fundamentally transform our nation. Exceptional Americans will rebuild an economy that, like rising tides, lifts all ships. Education and Competition will pull Americans together. Dignity and self respect will characterize America once more. When Mitt and Ann Romney are securely positioned to make Pennsylvania Avenue their home, we will immediately shift our attention to implementing programs and services that will provide a dramatic head start on the 2014 and 2016 elections. Lake County Republicans will be ahead of the game in 2014 and 2016.
Public service is my passion. I am here to serve you. My email address and telephone number is posted here, on the web site, for your convenience. Call me anytime. God Bless Lake County, FL and God Bless America!
Michael Levine, Chairman's Bio
“Serving as the Lake County Republican Party’s Chairman is a tremendous honor, privilege and responsibility,” says Party Chairman Michael Levine, elected on July 24, 2012. “There is a huge demand for leadership in the world today. Busy people must carefully choose where their volunteer resources are allocated. The Lake County Republican Party is a highly relevant organization. Previous Chairmen, Alan Winslow, Orin Owen and Joe Rudderow have teed the organization up for continued success. I look forward to building on the foundation that these leaders built. Their counsel and continued support is critical to the future success of the Party. Together, we will make great things happen here. That’s the reason I sought the position.”
Upon joining The Lake County Republican Executive Committee (the Party), Levine went right to work. He began a dialogue with then Chairman, Joe Rudderow, who assisted Levine in navigating the Bylaws, Policies and Administrative Structure of the organization. Rudderow included Levine in important committees such as the Finance Committee Chaired by Barbara Forster. Levine worked at the Direction of Forster and other dedicated Republicans to carry out the responsibilities of the organization’s primary fund raiser, the annual Lincoln/Reagan Dinner. Levine served on the Lincoln/Reagan Dinner committees assisting in the organization and management of the 2010 and 2011 events.
With the passing of State Committeeman Tom Wetherington, Joe Rudderow became State Committeeman and Alan Winslow stepped in as the Party Chairman. Under Winslow’s direction, Levine was tapped to fill a vacancy in the District II (precinct) Coordinator position. District Coordinators serve on the Board of Directors giving Levine first-hand knowledge and experience regarding the planning, organizing and operation of the Executive Committee.
In late 2011 the Party resolved to vet candidates for certain local public offices with respect to the 2012 election. Levine served on the Campaign Sub Committee responsible for interviewing and assessing the qualifications of all candidates in selected races who chose to be vetted. Upon completion of the candidate interviews, by way of formal Resolution, the Campaign Sub Committee made recommendations to the Party as to the qualifications of each candidate. The Party debated, culminating in a vote of a quorum present, as to the level of support that the Party would grant to each candidate. Levine was the Spokesperson for the Campaign Sub Committee on that June 27, 2012 evening.
State Committee Woman, Patricia Sullivan, an enthusiastic advocate for grass roots politics, was empowered by Chairman Winslow to create and implement the first of its kind, Lake County Republican Executive Committee, “Listening Tour”. Levine served with Chairperson Sullivan, Doug Duerr, Diana Mullins and Mrs. Lou Brown on the Listening Tour Committee. Listening events were held in each of Lake County’s five County Commission Districts between the dates of May 29th and June 5th, 2012. Levine co facilitated all five of the Listening Tour events with Doug Duerr. All Listening Tour Committeepersons participated in the events. The Listening Events were well attended, lots of fun and very informative.
Michael Levine is a real estate broker and residential property manager in the Four Corners area of South Lake County. Michael’s business, The Kissimmee Real Estate Company, was established in 1996. In 2001 Levine affiliated the company with Century 21 Real Estate LLC and is now operating as Century 21 World Properties. His property management business operates as Certified Real Estate Investments, Inc. Both Companies are FL Sub Chapter S corporations. Michael likes things that work. He is, and always has been, dedicated to assisting his customers in making intelligent real estate decisions that perform as expected.
Michael is not married. He has one daughter. Lindsey Levine Hall is married to Keith Hall. The couple live in Panama City, FL. Keith is an Insurance Broker with Hall Insurance Agency; a family owned business in Panama City. Lindsey is a Regional Operations Manager for Regions Bank in the panhandle. She oversees nineteen branches. “A parent can’t dream of better kids than Keith and Lindsey. They are perfect,” says Dad. Lindsey and Keith are Michael’s pride and joy. “The kids are having their first baby! I am excited about being a grandfather. Being a grandfather adds urgency to my ambition to deliver a better America to my kids than the greatest nation ever, the one my parents gave me.”
Michael is a graduate of Florida State University, as is Lindsey. Michael studied Business and majored in Hotel and Restaurant Administration. He graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Michael has been an active member of Florida REALTORS since 1993. He has held Chairmanships of many key committees there and owes much of his professional development to the trade association. Michael is a Past President of the Osceola County Association of REALTORS and the Central Florida Commercial Association of REALTORS. He is currently the 2012 Chairman of Property Management Committee for Florida REALTORS, the 2012 Chairman of the Grievance Committee for the REALTOR Association of Lake and Sumter Counties and the Vice Chair of the Global Alliance Committee at the Osceola County Association of REALTORS. Michael has been serving on the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council since early 2011, a council of representatives from Lake County, and five other counties, addressing regional planning strategies and funding. Michael has recently participated in round table discussions initiated by the Department of Economic Opportunity, an agency within the FL Secretary of Commerce’s Office, toward the same end. Michael joins Governor Rick Scott in his initiative to get Floridians back to work and to make Florida the best place to live and do business in the world. “Florida is the best place in the world to live and operate a business. A few smart, common sense decisions and the flood gates will open for Florida once more. Let’s Get to Work!”