Margaret, who is a legislator in the Florida House, District 72, can reach across the aisle to find solutions to protect "Florida's fragile environment." Because her family heritage is in Florida and her education is Florida-based as a graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of Law, she will be "making Suncoast priorities matter" in Congress. Many of those priorities revolve around the environment. She believes in the DECF Environmental Bill of Rights.
Representative Good identified the following four critical environmental priorities:
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1. Water Quality—While Floridians know that they have to protect their waters, many politicians do not know enough about water quality. As a state legislature, Margaret introduced legislation to fix the stormwater rules because stormwater captures pollutants.
2. Land Conservation—Land conservation is an environmental necessity and helps protect Florida's water resources. She is an outspoken opponent against the "Toll Roads to Nowhere" bill that favors developers. Margaret is determined to continue that fight.
3. Climate Change—Climate change effects all Floridians, particularly Congressional District 16. Rising sea levels due to climate change impacts the daily lives of the citizens of this region. Researchers expect it only to get worse.
4. Air Quality—Air pollution is linked to respiratory and cardiovascular health problems. She will be working to strengthen the EPA's ability to protect our air and fight to decrease the influence of big polluters.
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Already endorsed by the Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida, the Environmental Caucus of Sarasota County Democrats (ECSCD) also proudly endorsed Allen Ellison. Allen believes that we have a moral obligation to protect our lands, make a water safe and to keep our air clean and will fight for any measure that puts us on clear new path forward.
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Katherine wants the political process to be available to everyone. She wants to bring transparency to the government such that people have a voice in policy creation. Further, she believes that "we can work together to make immediate and necessary drastic changes for our planet, our wildlife, and our citizens."
Her singular mission is to "prioritize a habitable earth for the future of our humanity." To realize that mission, she will introduce legislation with the environment as a critical factor and not take donations from corporations that exploit or pollute the natural world.
Katherine's three most important environmental priorities are:
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Andy Mele, who has a master's degree in environmental science, is the clear choice for the environment over his opponent, who is an election-year environmentalist with a vague sense of the issues. Andy is an environmental activist with Suncoast Waterkeeper, first as the Waterkeeper, later as the Executive Director. He watched the Florida Legislature respond weakly to crisis after crisis—overdevelopment, springs degradation, the worst Red Tide in history, and declining water quality. Further, he studied the damage of Mosaic, the single most rapacious destroyer of Florida agriculture lands and native habitat. Andy will provide an honest and knowledgeable view of the environment in the Legislature and a voice that will resonate with the legislators, media, and public.
His three top position priorities are:
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Drake, a fifth-generation Floridian, has been a Sarasota resident for almost three decades. He knows that he lives in the world's best community, which is his reason to run for Representative of District 72. It is the district where Drake started a law firm and raised his family. His law firm is in the heart of District 72. From that vantage point, he watched environmental degradation, like Phillippi Creek, go from pristine to polluted.
His candidacy began with the recent historic Red Tide outbreak. Drake is keenly aware of the connection between environmental quality and economic well-being. Primarily, in his long-term perspective of the environment, he views it as priceless, and his legal experiences have a role to play in protecting it.
Drake identified the following environmental priorities for which he is prepared to take action.
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David Fairey is a progressive candidate, who plans to take decisive science-based steps to combat the climate crisis, which Florida is facing head-on. He is a strong supporter of the Green New Deal because the solutions have to match the size and scale of the problems. He wrote that the environmental and ecological impacts of climate change also have social, racial, economic, and political effects. Specifically, in Florida, David said, "Our environment is our economy." Because climate change also is a public health crisis, it is paramount that Florida finds solutions immediately. Further, Florida citizens must hold developers and polluters accountable for their disasters and protect what remains by reversing the trends.
The top three most critical environmental priorities that David has to improve Florida are:
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Lisa Stortstrom is running to represent the people at Florida's State House District 74. She is a school teacher with 20 years of experience and a yoga instructor for people with special needs. She also is running to improve the following areas: schools that cannot meet the needs of the children, people with special needs who have lost funding, and the protection of Florida's precious natural resources because she reveres Mother Earth and upholds sustainability.
Her top three environmental issues are the cessation of:
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Krista is an active environmentalist, who diligently works to educate the public on environmental issues. Educating and participating in the local county government essential to begin making progress in curbing the impacts of the critical environmental problems that we are facing. As a member of the Charter Review Board, Krista would be an advocate for implementing a plan for community outreach and educating the voters about the Charter and the Charter Review Board. Most voters are unaware of the Charter and Charter Review Board. She believes that the people's voice is protected by raising awareness of the Charter and Charter Review Board.
Krista identified the following three most important environmental priorities:
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Doreen Michelle Dupont has a longstanding interest in environmental issues since completing her bachelor of science degree in Communications from Cornell University. Following this she earned her M.D. degree and practiced medicine until 2007. With her communications degree she became a credentialed broadcast journalist and served as part of the credentialed press at the most recent UN Climate conference in Spain, COP25. Also, she has been broadcasting on local AM radio for many years now.
Doreen is a director-at-large of the Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida. Additionally, she studied under Al Gore to be a Climate Reality Leader. As a Climate Reality Leader Doreen gives presentations of Al Gore's Climate Crisis and Solutions and serves as Chair of Activism of the Environmental Caucus of Sarasota County Democrats. She co-
hosts and mentors the Sarasota Students For Climate. Doreen is a published scientist in The Lancet medical journal, the AMA newsletter and many others. She is also a trained Sarasota County Water Steward, who wants to preserve Sarasota's watersheds.
Her overarching goal of serving on the Charter Review Board is to make environmental protection a top priority for vulnerable Sarasota.
In addition to addressing environmental protections as a goal, Doreen identified the following environmental priorities:
Mary Ellen has been an active member of the Democratic Party for 50 years as well as a member of the Sierra Club and the local Environmental Caucus. She worked for a Boston area environmental company that informed residents of energy-saving evaluations and solar energy advantages. Additionally, Mary Ellen worked for a federal grant project that worked to remove lead paint from low-income family homes. Currently, she is working in Charlotte County survey tourists.
Mary Ellen's three top environmental issues are:
1. Clean water issues affected by over-development and loose laws and building codes;
2. Red Tide caused by polluted water entering the Gulf from Lake Okeechobee affecting the water quality of the region; and
3. Land conservation—protecting green spaces for the wildlife and environment from overgrowth.
Mary Ellen can be contacted by email at: email@example.com
Wilson has lived in Sarasota since he was six years old and graduated from the challenging International Baccalaureate program at Riverview High School. Because he understands the community, he would make an excellent member of the Charter Review Board District 4. His goals and views align with environmental initiatives to improve water quality and climate change. He supports making significant strides toward reducing carbon emissions through technology. While in college, he experienced the transition away from plastic straws to paper straws. That experience was impactful and supported changes that will allow the eventuality of clean oceans.
He views the following three environmental priorities on which he is prepared to take action:
1. Global warming and rising sea levels;
2. Water quality (i.e., agricultural runoff leading to algae blooms); and
3. Infrastructure (i.e., preventing sewage spills or road construction).
Wilson's website is: www.Wilson4Sarasota.com
Tony Dunbar, who is a member of the Board of the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, is very busy protecting the environment in south Sarasota County and the Englewood area. He is a “trail maintenance” volunteer at the Cedar Point Environmental Park in Englewood. Further, Tony was a Charlotte Harbor Estuaries volunteer to monitor water quality. Tony also monitors eagles’ nests for the Audubon Society. Lastly, he is in favor of any actions that will restore the Everglades, Florida Bay, and the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries.
As a Charter Review Board member representing District 5, Tony favors:
1. Scrutinizing carefully proposals that will increase population density in any district of the county;
2. Advancing proposals from citizens that would protect the environment by limiting development; and
3. Providing standards for fair redistricting to ensure that adjacent neighborhoods are in the same district.
Tony can be reached by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sean Patton has a long history of putting the environment first. He also supports all of those who rely on the environment for their livelihoods. Sean is known for his innovative actions to sponsor environmental activities. He writes that ecotourism is the leading regional economic driver while farming and water quality keep the population healthy. Sarasota relies on these to continue being a prosperous city. As an expert on habitat restoration and well connected to many of the nurseries and farms in Sarasota, Sean wants to protect the traditions while moving Sarasota to a greener future with less Red Tide, increased environmental tourism, and more green spaces and architecture in Sarasota. Sean also wants to protect the small farms and nursery in the Sarasota County rural areas which overdevelopment is swallowing up at a rapid pace.
Sean is prepared to take action on the following environmental priorities:
1. Stopping Red Tide and a large scale agricultural and habitat restoration plan;
2. Protecting of local nurseries and small farmers; and
3. Increasing and improving green spaces in Sarasota County
Sean can be contacted by email or by visiting his FaceBook page.
Vicki Lynn Nighswander—Hospital Board Central District, Seat 1
Vicki Lynn Nighswander, who is a lifelong environmentalist, holds a BS in Biology, MAT in Secondary Sciences, and MPH in Health Behavior/Health Education with a minor in administration. Her experience and education make her the most environmentally qualified candidate for the Hospital Board Central District, Seat 1. Vicki attended the Environmental Caucus meeting, joined the Sierra Club, and worked in Environmental Health for many years. Therefore, she knows that clean air and water are critical components of life. She is an advocate of smarter growth and a proponent of bringing the environment and health together. Further, Vicki has experience speaking at meetings and hearing about environmental health issues. She recognizes that money “ruled the day,” and the beautiful Florida environment has lost.
Lastly, Vicki can be the voice of public health on the municipal Hospital Board.
When she is on the Hospital Board, Vicki will:
1. Put her skills to work finding the determinants to ensure positive outcomes in halting the spreading and preventing the disease while giving the most appropriate care;
2. Recognize that patient care and outcomes are closely related to addressing environmental factors, assuring that there is community networking to resolve issues; and
3. Advocate about sustainability issues as Sarasota Memorial Hospital continues its expansion.
Vicki can be reached by Email: email@example.com
laurie Kreindler - Hospital Board
At Large Seat 2
Laurie Kreindler is the Environment and Climate Chair for Margaret Good, Candidate for Congress in the FL-16. Through that work, she writes that she feels honored to collaborate with the Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida (DECF) and local leaders to combat climate change and to preserve our environment. She believes that climate solutions are most successful when they emerge from local actions and is knowledgeable about the issues. When she becomes a member of the Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) Board, she will be in a position to make a positive impact on local concerns.
As a member of the SMH Board, she will take action on the following initiatives:
1. The Sarasota Memorial Hospital Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Plan;
2. Commitment to 100% clean energy by 2050; and
3. Initiating a plastic bag fee/tax.
Laurie 's Website: LaurieKreindler.com L
Mark Pienkos has a long history of effective leadership and recognizes the importance of local political initiatives, which can be impactful. He has a strong concern for the precious water supply in Sarasota County. He intends to save the Sarasota County and Florida environments from the effects of rampant development.
When Mark becomes the County Commission for District 1, he plans to support the following environmental initiatives that are essential for the future of Sarasota County:
1. Protecting the water quality and water supply from Red Tide;
2. Improving the wastewater treatment plants to ensure that the Gulf and surrounding watershed and water supply continue to be of the highest quality; and
3. Investigating the impact of overdevelopment near Fruitville Road and curbing it.
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Cory Hutchinson is the most environmentally robust candidate for his district. He is committed to saving the natural resources and water quality, which he believes are critical for the future of this region. Cory has positions on smart growth, supporting protected natural corridors, and ensuring that development does not overwhelm the infrastructure.
He has the following environment priorities which he plans to support as County Commissioner;
1. Ordinances to strengthen water quality such as the fertilizer ordinance, banning the sale of fertilizers during specific months;
2. Initiatives to repair the failing infrastructure to protect water quality; and
3. Reviews of chemical spraying usage and continuance decisions.
Alice states that in Sarasota County, the environment "is everything". Specifically the environment is the reason why we live here and why visitors come to the tourist-based economy. Sarasota County needs to promote the idea that being pro-environment is not antidevelopment. It is not either the environment or development. Smart development means understanding the unique natural character of the land and respecting the integrity of the natural surroundings. In 1997, she started a non-profit group., People for Trees, because she believes in advocating about the importance of "protecting the native tree canopy and embracing Florida's natural environment, rather than doing battle with it.". Because of her advocacy, she is often respectfully called the "tree Lady". Her motto is "Save a tree today and we'll all breathe a little easier."
Alice's three environmental priorities are
1. Put in place advanced water treatment systems to adequately treat wastewater and to prevent sewage spills.
2. Reduce the amount of nutrients found in stormwater runoff: and
3. Require a tree protection ordinance to mitigate tree removal for development.
Visit Alice's website:www.alice-4sarasota.com
Willie Shaw is the strongest environmentally friendly District 1 candidate for City Commission because he has been a committed leader who consistently supported sustainability efforts for years. He recognizes that sea-level rise and the protection of coastal zones should be public policy issues. Further, Shaw believes that global warming and climate change are results of human-made influences. As a Sarasota leader, he supported wastewater and stormwater projects designed to improve the water quality of Sarasota’s precious coastal resources. In his previous elected position, Shaw:
· Led the environmental cleanup of the Marion Anderson site;
· Supported the hiring of an environmental sustainability manager and the implementation of her nine critical sustainability initiatives; and
· Voted for setting a community-wide goal of achieving 100 percent renewable energy by 2045 and in support of the Sierra Club’s “Ready for 100” campaign.
When Shaw becomes a city commissioner representing District One, he will promote:
1. Preserving and protecting of coastal areas, including Sarasota Bay;
2. Improving water quality in coastal waterways; and
3. Acting to combat environmental racism, including the recognition that hazardous ecological conditions are in the minority and economically disadvantaged areas. Examples of dangerous environmental conditions include the beryllium pollution in Tallevast, contamination at the Marion Anderson site, and dust created by concrete plants in Newtown and Overtown (now known as the Rosemary District).
Terry Turner is an experienced candidate who knows the importance of hearing the public’s voice and recognizes the importance of planning and setbacks which preserve the integrity of the community. He served as a City Commissioner in 2011 and sponsored an ordinance requiring public hearings and Planning Board and City Commission for approval of significant site plans on South Palm Avenue. Further, the ordinance required front and side setbacks on South Palm Avenue. Although the ordinance failed, he continues to favor public hearings and votes by the Planning Board and City Commission.
Turner will take action on the following three environmental priorities when he is a city commissioner.
1. Supporting maintenance and expansion of green spaces and increasing canopy trees throughout the city, especially downtown. He prefers tree canopies over palm trees because tree canopies sequester more carbon, capture more stormwater, and reduce the heat island effect. Removal of healthy trees should be rare, and when removal is permitted, there should be substantial replacements;
2. Favoring widening sidewalks and allowing for parallel parking with 15 miles per hour speed limits to promote shared auto/bike lanes in central Sarasota; and
3. Providing generous sidewalks and bike lanes as urban amenities and lobbying for better bus transportation to improve the quality of life in Sarasota.
Terry's email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan's campaign concerns are local environmental issues. Those issues include attending to Sarasota's wastewater management challenges. Being a leader in infrastructure improvements is critical to the future of Sarasota. Additionally, Dan wants the city to incorporate building practices that encourage previous services and systems that encourage effective stormwater runoff. Lastly, Dan supports the Ready for 100 Program.
His three most important issues are:
1. Overhaul the Sarasota plan to modernize and improve the sewer system and automate the wastewater management facility;
2. Encourage building practices that address stormwater runoff, including cistern systems, swailing, retention ponds, and drain-box systems; and
3. Prioritize the Ready for 100 Program.
Visit Dan's website : www.dan4sarasota.com
Brian Kelly is the most environmentally qualified candidate running for the Venice City Council. As a native Floridian growing up enjoying the state parks, beaches, waters, springs, and Everglades, he is concerned about the degradation and deterioration of these natural resources. Because he firmly believes that we should preserve the natural resources, Bryan co-founded a non-profit called Hands Along the Water (HATW) after the last devastating Red Tide episode. HATW is a volunteer, grassroots movement that focuses on rectifying the environmental disaster of toxic algae blooms through education and activism.
He also recognizes that the health of the environment influences the health of the economy. Consequently, Floridians have to hold the developers and corporate polluters accountable. Bryan is holding them responsible through being a Citizen Advisory Board member of the Coastal and Heartland Estuary Partnership.
When Brian becomes a member of the Venice City Council, he will take the following actions that reflect his three interrelated priorities:
1. Water Quality and Environmental Protection—He feels that protecting natural resources is key to protecting the health, quality of life, and economy because a dollar investment in the environment has a five-dollar return. The economy can thrive with investments in healthy ecosystems;
2. Responsible, Sustainable Development—Rapid growth and overdevelopment ravished the fragile, local environment. The rampant development is destroying the natural spaces and endangering the future children’s; and
3. Public Health and Well-being—With climate change impacting increasing temperatures, rising sea levels, and massive desertification, human health and well-being are at risk. Leaders need to be proactive in addressing these issues in coastal cities.
Visit Brian's website: www.BrianKellyforVenice.com