Born in Jacksonville, Brenda’s parents moved the family to Sanford in 1957 to care for her aging grandfather. For more than fifty years she has lived in Seminole County, most of that within District 5, which she currently represents. Raised in the heart of Sanford and educated in public schools, one of her first summer jobs was at the Colonial Room in downtown Sanford. Brenda and her husband Fairley Carey have five grown children and four grandchildren. Their grandson Dermot is the fifth generation of Brenda’s family to live in Seminole County.


  • President & CEO, The Carey Company
  • Licensed Real Estate Agent & Broker
  • Management Program, Crummer School of Business Management, Rollins College


  • Elected to Seminole County Commission 2004; reelected 2008 & 2012
  • Currently represents the County on the following boards:
    • Central Florida Expressway Authority
    • Community Alliance
    • Orlando Sanford International Airport
    • Seminole County Homeless Task Force
    • US 17/92 RPA Board
    • Value Adjustment Board
    • Wekiva River Basin Commission (appointed by Governors Bush, Crist, and Scott)
    • Mayors & Managers*
    • My Region Board of Directors*
    • Risk Management*
  • Formerly represented the County on the following boards:
    • CareerSource Central Florida
    • Central Florida Commission on Homelessness
    • Central Florida Zoological Park and Botanical Gardens
    • Congress of Regional Leaders
    • East Central Florida Regional Planning Council (ECFRPC)
    • Economic Development Commission (EDC)
    • Envision Seminole
    • Florida Association of Counties – Board of Directors
    • Mental Health Task Force
    • MetroPlan Orlando (MPO)
    • MetroPlan Orlando Joint Central Florida Alliance (MPO Alliance)
    • Seminole County Port Authority
    • Seminole County Sheriff’s Civil Service Board
    • St. John’s Water Management District Liaison
    • United Arts Council
    • Youth Build Board

*Denotes alternate representative