I am proud and humbled to announce my candidacy for Seminole County Commission - District 5. I am committed to bringing back servant-leadership to public office and advocacy that reflects our community.

Who Is Pernell Bush

Pernell Bush, MSW, CNP is a native of Seminole County, raised in the heart of Sanford’s historic Goldsboro community. He attended Seminole County Public Schools (Goldsboro Elementary, Sanford Middle and Lake Mary High) throughout his formative years. His hands-on, result-oriented servant leadership is focused on empowering communities to get the results they deserve. Pernell is an accomplished community social worker and a grassroot servant leader with an excellent history as a community advocate.

With nearly a decade of experience working with nonprofit and government agencies in addressing community needs through civic involvement initiatives. Pernell has proven himself to be a relentless advocate for communities he has served. He has received numerous awards for his leadership, including being named “Veteran of Influence” and “40 under 40” by the Orlando Business Journal as well Health Equity Champion by Florida Department of Health-Seminole County. He has a vision towards the future that improves the quality of life for Seminole County residents.

Pernell graduated from University of Central Florida with his bachelors and masters in Social Work. He is the managing partner and practicing mental health therapist as a State of Florida Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern (RCSWI) at K.E.Y Counseling Solutions and instructor at Valencia College Peace and Justice Institute.

Pernell is not a career politician. Pernell places great emphasis on listening to the needs of community members and stakeholders that he serves. Pernell proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps as infantry rifleman, where the importance of teamwork, communication, and mission preparedness were reinforced. 

Awards and Recognitions

2019 Veteran Mental Health Advocate

2019 Central Florida Mental Health Hero Honor

2019 Orlando Business Journal “40 Under 40”

2019 Orlando Magic "Hometown Hero"

2016 Orlando Business Journal “Veteran of Influence”

2016 Health Equity Champion

2015 Central Florida Emergent Leader

2014 Florida Celebrity Educator

2013 Humanitarian of the Year 

Committees and Boards

-Seminole County Opioid Council- Medical Committee

-Seminole County Fire Chief Council

-Tri-County ACEs Connection Committee

-Seminole State College- H.O.P.E Scholars Advisory Council

-No Limit Health and Education- Executive Team

-National Center Missing & Exploited Children: Mental Health Committee

-Florida Firefighter Safety and Health Collaborative: Mental Health Clinician member