A majority of Osceola School Board members are calling for state Rep. Mike Horner to step down as president of the Kissimmee/Osceola Chamber of Commerce.
Horner ended his re-election campaign in Florida House District 42 after he was listed as a client of an east Orange County brothel. He is not under investigation and not charged with any crime.
The school district is a dues-paying member of the chamber, and School Board Vice Chair Julius Melendez serves on the chamber’s board. At Tuesday’s meeting, Melendez — like Horner a Republican, and a former candidate for Congress — said he wished to avoid having the district be associated, via the chamber, with the prostitution scandal. Board member Tom Long and Chairwoman Barbara Horn agreed. Board members Cindy Hartig and Jay Wheeler were not present when the subject came up.
Chamber Chairman Pete Pace previously said that Horner remained employed by the chamber, but was taking time away from the job to tend to his family situation.