Glenda Hood is a U.S. politician, currently serving as secretary of state in Florida. Picked by current governor Jeb Bush, she assumed her duties following Bush's election. Before her job as secretary of state, Hood was the mayor of Orlando, Florida. State nickname: Sunshine State Other U.S. States Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Governor Jeb Bush Official languages English Area 170,451 kmÂ² (22nd) - Land 137,374 kmÂ² - Water 30,486 kmÂ² (17. ... John Ellis Jeb Bush (born February 11, 1953), a Republican, is the 43rd and current Governor of Florida. ... Skyline of Orlando at night, from across Lake Eola The city of Orlando is the county seat of Orange County, Florida. ...
During her time as mayor in Orlando, Hood pushed for a new center for the performing arts and other, edifices often telling staffers that these buildings would be "her legacy."
When pressure mounted during her last mayoral election, she asked then fire chief Don Harkins to resign and gave the firefighters' a major payraise in order to gain the support of City of Orlando firemen for the election. This gave the firefighters' union unprecedented power, after which time the fire department began to decline.
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