A retired firefighter, Mike Clelland has dedicated his career to public service and protecting the families of Seminole County. Mike is fed up with the way politicians in Tallahassee conduct themselves. He’s committed to finding commonsense solutions that work for real people. He’s standing up for the hardworking families of Central Florida who deserve a safe place to raise their children, a good job, good schools and a government that works for them — not big special interests.
Mike learned the value of hard work and determination from his mother. Mike’s father passed away when Mike was young, so his mother worked two jobs to provide for him and his two siblings. The family moved to Central Florida in 1974. During his time at Lake Brantley High School, Mike helped the family make ends meet by installing sprinkler systems during the summer and delivering pizzas at night.
After graduating high school, Mike followed his brother’s footsteps by entering the fire service. He was hired by the Longwood Fire Department and made Lieutenant in 1987. Tragedy again struck the Clelland family when Mike’s younger sister passed away at the age of 23 after a long battle with cancer.
During his career as a firefighter, Mike attended night school. He earned an Associate's Degree in Fire Science Technology at SCC and then a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science at UCF. After years of attending night school while working fulltime as a firefighter, Mike eventually earned a law degree from Florida A&M University College of Law.
After 26 years of service, Mike retired from the fire department and started his own law firm. He now specializes in providing legal services to first responders throughout central Florida -- helping them and their families obtain benefits they have earned and to get needed care for those injured in the line of duty.
Mike lives in Lake Mary with his wife Christy and their two children. Mike knows first-hand the importance of a good education, strong family values, determination, and hard work. He’s running to be our representative because he believes our government should work for everyone who is willing to work hard, do their fair share, and play by the rules.