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Originator Runs for Florida Office

Les Hollingsworth candidate for city commission seat

November 9, 2005


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Paula Parisot
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Les Hollingsworth

A Florida mortgage originator hopes to win a local commission seat and faces an attorney who has been fired on The Apprentice.

Les Hollingsworth, 59, of Fort Lauderdale, said his reasons for running for the District II City Commission seat stemmed from concerns of a 100 percent increase in crime in the community since budget issues led the current administration to cutting the police force by 80 officers.

Hollingsworth said he also feels compelled to address the housing stock of the developing community, inspired by an in-depth understanding of housing issues since obtaining a position at HomeBanc Mortgage Corp. as a loan originator two years ago.

"Understanding the impact of the different types of housing available and the different kinds of income gives me some flexibility and understanding that others do not have," Hollingsworth told MortgageDaily.com. "I'd like to make sure those who come from lesser means have a way to obtain housing."

Hollingsworth said he has worked in the political arena since he was a teenager, and currently sits on a city advisory board. And, after working in sales and technical management for more than 20 years with Xerox Corp. Hollingsworth retired two years ago but discovered a new line of work he enjoyed at HomeBanc.

"I grew up in the civil rights era," he told MortgageDaily.com from his Fort Lauderdale home. "I don't call people poor, they are those who have less access to resources than others; sexual orientation doesn't matter, I support openness and freedom for everyone."

He said at HomeBanc he found the same kind of customer service focus that Xerox had and that he appreciates the opportunity to do his part to enable all people to capture the American dream of homeownership.

Currently, Hollingsworth is conducting work from home due to the damage Hurricane Wilma inflicted on HomeBanc's Fort Lauderdale office.

He says he originates an average of $1.8 million a month in first and second mortgages.

One of the other candidates in the race, which will be determined in a general election in March, is an attorney whose claim to fame included being fired by Donald Trump on the second season of The Apprentice.

Hollingsworth, who indicates he is a nonpartisan candidate, said he has talked with his opponent Cohen and has noticed a rise in media coverage because of Cohen's presence, but has yet to see him on the campaign trail. "When I attend functions at the local democratic clubs or the gay/lesbian organizations...no one mentions the competitors, they aren't there."

Paula Parisot is a MortgageDaily.com feature reporter and a blogger at CloserBlog.com who has also worked in the mortgage industry.

e-mail Paula at: [email protected]

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