A Cowboy at Heart
Commissioner Ted Edwards grew up on a ranch in Okeechobee, rode bulls and barebacks and was elected State President of Florida Future Farmers of America. After high school, he attended Stetson University in Deland, an especially proud moment as neither of his parents graduated from college. He went on to earn his Law Degree from Duke Law School and has called Orange County home ever since.
Businessman and Father
Professionally, Ted is a business attorney. He was selected by a group of his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® and Orlando’s Top Legal Professionals as published by Orlando Magazine since 2009 in the fields of commercial litigation and real estate law. Ted is also a certified mediator by the Florida Supreme Court and serves as a mediator for commercial disputes in federal and state courts. His practice is located in Winter Park.
Ted has five children, attends First Presbyterian Church of Orlando and resides in Winter Park. In his time away from work, Ted enjoys running, has completed multiple marathons, including the Boston Marathon, and enjoys riding his Harley Davidson.
A Champion for Taxpayers, Trees and Crime Prevention
In 2010, Ted was elected on the Orange County Board of Commissioners for District 5. Because of his leadership and service to his community, Ted was re-elected in 2012. Due to term limits, this will be his last election to the Board of Commissioners. Ted has demonstrated significant leadership in public service through his active involvement in numerous Central Florida civic organizations, including Metropolitan Planning Organization, Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs Advisory Council, Orange County Research & Development Authority Board of Directors, Central Florida Fair Board of Directors and the Downtown Orlando CRA Advisory Board.
As a Commissioner, Ted looks at every expenditure through the eyes of a taxpayer, and has earned the reputation as a “budget hawk.” When the “Great Recession” drastically cut revenues, Ted worked with Mayor Jacobs to pass balanced budgets without raising taxes. The one area Ted opposed cuts, however, was public safety. In fact, he voted to increase the Sheriff’s budget and set aside 54% of the budget for public safety. Another area where Ted has been a champion is for green space and our canopy trees. He championed Orange County’s Tree Preservation Ordinance that prohibits clear-cutting, protects historical trees and better utilizes the tree replacement fund.
Committed to Community
In addition to his public service work, Ted is also active in various charitable organizations in the greater Orlando area. He served as the honorary walk chairman of the “Blow the Whistle on Asthma Walk” for the American Lung Association, and previously served on the Board of Directors for Quest. Quest is an organization providing education and training to adults and children with physical and mental disabilities.