Michele Walker, Orlando editor-in-chief (ROBERTO GONZALEZ)

As the new editor of Orlando magazine, each monthly issue is a revelation. I learned many facts about my hometown, from Burger Brackets to Best of ENT. Who knew there was a peanut butter burger? Thanks to the Burger Issue, it’s now on my bucket list.

It’s October, which means it’s time for our 50 Most Powerful issue. I can describe the selection process as daunting, which is why I am relieved to have the support of such capable colleagues. If you want to know anything about our community, ask our team at Orlando magazine; they have you covered.

For the second year in a row, U.S. Representative and Senate candidate Val Demings tops our list. We get a fascinating look at her past, the challenges she faces as she runs for Senate seat, and a look at who inspires her work as a public servant.

We celebrate all the people who get up every morning and do their best every day to make Orlando a city of inclusion, excellence and growth. Our list of the 50 most powerful people includes politicians, businessmen, philanthropists, entertainers, sports professionals, educators and entertainers. The newest addition to our list this year is “The Hall of Power”, a legacy list of those exceptional individuals who have spent their careers serving the community.

Check out Michael McLeod’s take on “The Mayoral Odd Couple.” It’s a fascinating examination of how Mayor Demings and Mayor Dyer manage to work together and become a true “power couple” for the community.

October is not all work and no play. After all, it’s Halloween. Thanks to guest extraordinaire and professional psychic, Terri Rodabaugh, we have a one-of-a-kind insider’s guide to what’s truly haunted and what isn’t. Check out our new “Ghost-ometer” to see if your favorite haunt is “the real deal” or “a bunch of hype”.
We hope you enjoy our October 2022 issue and wish you all a safe and spooky Halloween. Good reading.

T. Michele Walker

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