Local 6 sits down with newly elected Orlando commissioner

Regina Hill beats Juan Lynum for District 5 commissioner seat

ORLANDO, Fla. - She's been called a "career criminal" and unqualified to represent the people, but what you may not know about the newly elected commissioner, Regina Hill, is she's a nurse, who promises to take care of the 40,000 people who live in her district, by putting them to work.

"I'm getting the calls saying 'commissioner, commissioner,' that still hasn't set in- I'm just a servant, I'm just an everyday person trying to make a difference," she said.

On Tuesday, Hill beat Juan Lynum for the District 5 seat, earning 54.5 percent of the vote to Lynum's 45.5 percent in the runoff election.

Hill has no experience as an elected official, still, she's determined to learn the ropes and bring jobs to the district- starting with the construction of the soccer stadium on Church Street.

"I want to make sure that they allow me and they assist me in giving these residents transferable skills, that they allow them to come on the job and be an apprentice," she said.

Sheila Cannady is expecting her new commissioner to cleanup the neighborhood, and get homeless people off the streets.

"Human being shouldn't have to live like that- they treat a dog better than they treat a human being," she said.

Hill says she'll start a coalition of churches to help.

As for her criminal past, Hill says she's made mistakes, but what matters is what she's doing now.

"Whatever obstacles are out there, you do not have to lay down and say this is it-- you can overcome," she said.

Hill will have her "city orientation" next week where she will start learning the policies and procedures of the city commission.

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