DEMOCRATIC ENVIRONMENTAL CAUCUS OF FLORIDA RELEASES ITS ENDORSEMENTS FOR STATE AND FEDERAL OFFICE FOR THE FALL ELECTION
The Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida (DECF) is proud to release its list of endorsements for state and federal office for the fall election.
Caucus President John Hedrick stated:” The following candidates have pledged to support the ten elements in the Environmental Bill of Rights of Florida which DECF previously adopted. Those elements include commitments to protect Florida waters, reduce the state’s carbon footprint, manage growth, ensure sensible wildlife stewardship, create green jobs, oppose fracking, strive for environmental justice, promote sustainable practices, reduce air pollution, and work for the integrated achievement of all these goals.
Our caucus is working to remind all candidates that Article II, Section 7 of the Florida Constitution requires that the state government conserve and protect Florida’s natural resources and scenic beauty. It’s essential that voters know which candidates have made a concrete pledge to uphold their constitutional responsibilities and their obligation to all Floridians.”
DECF is the environmental arm of the Democratic Party in Florida and strives to not only elect environmentally minded officeholders but educate the ones already in office as well as the general public about environmental and related issues and advocate for sound legislation, policy and issues.
DECF Endorsements – Received as of 10/6/16
|Florida House||Florida Senate||U. S. Congress|
|2 Ray Guillory||7 Curtis Ceballos||1 Steven Specht|
|19 Joe Snodgrass||8 Rod Smith||2 Walter Dartland|
|21 Marihelen Wheeler||15 Victor Torres||3 Ken McGurn|
|24 Adam Morley||18 Bob Buesing||4 David Bruderly|
|25 Cheryl Noel Bickford||22 Debra Smith Wright||6 William (Bill) McCullough|
|26 Patrick Henry||23 Frank Alcock||8 Corry Westbrook|
|29 Fred Marra||25 Bruno Moore||9 Darren Soto|
|30 Ryan Yadav||36 Anabella Grohoski Peralta||11 Dave Koller|
|35 Ramon Gutierrez||38 Daphne Campbell||13 Charlie Crist|
|40 Shandale Terrell||39 Debbie Mucarsel-Powell||15 Jim Lange|
|41 Bob Doyel||40 Dwight Bullard||16 Jan Schneider|
|42 Benny Valentin||17 April Freeman|
|43 John Cortes||25 Alina Valdes|
|47 Beth Tuura||26 Joe Garcia|
|49 Carlos Guillermo Smith||27 Scott Fuhrman|
|50 Sean Ashby|
|53 David Kearns|
|58 Jose Vazquez|
|59 Rena Frazier|
|60 David Singer|
|63 Lisa Montelione|
|65 Bernie Fensterwald|
|67 David Vogel|
|66 Lorena Grizzle|
|68 Ben Diamond|
|69 Jennifer Webb|
|73 James Golden|
|74 Manny Lopez|
|79 John Scott|
|83 Crystal Lucas|
|84 Larry Lee Jr.|
|85 Robert Simeone|
|90 Lori Berman|
|92 Patricia Williams-Hawkins|
|93 Ken Keechl|
|103 Ivette Gonzalez Petkovich|
|104 Richard Stark|
|110 Carlos Puentes Sr.|
|114 Daisy Baez|
|115 Jeffery Solomon|
|120 Daniel Horton|
WEST CENTRAL CHAPTER ENDORSEMENTS
November, 2016 ELECTIONS
Lorena has been engaged with state politics from a young age, learning the business of state government during the thirty years in which her mother, Senator Mary R. Grizzle, served in both state houses. She is running for State Representative, District 66, which covers Largo, Clearwater, Seminole and the north Gulf Beaches, where she grew up with an appreciation for our fragile barrier islands. I will work to provide a path for renewable energy in Florida. Our state was, sadly, 18th in the nation in solar installations in 2013. This is a number we can improve upon by putting policies in place that promote development of solar programs. Click here to support Lorena Grizzle’s campaign.
Charlie Justice for re-election Pinellas County Commission
Charlie was a leader on environmental issues during his career in the State Legislature and has continued that leadership on local issues in Pinellas.
Charlie worked to ban fracking within our county and advocated for a statewide ban as well. During his term, the county constructed a new chiller plant which reduces the county’s carbon footprint and provides cooling to multiple buildings in Clearwater. Charlie is the Vice Chair of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program. The Program’s initiatives are largely responsible for Tampa Bay being the cleanest in decades with the rapid return of sea grass growth.
Charlie continues to work to improve the county’s facilities and fleet and work with partners like the PSTA on issues of electric bus charging stations.
Charlie Justice knows that looking out for our environment and protecting our natural resources is important work. Click Here to support Charlie’s Campaign at www.CharlieJustice.com
Jennifer Webb for Florida House District 69
I am running for State Representative to represent the interests of working class families, to champion economic growth that is equitable and fair, to fund quality public education and end high stakes testing , and to promote environmental and energy policies that will protect Florida’s greatest assets – our drinking water, beaches, springs and other natural beauty.
My background, experience, and vision will ensure our community is carefully managed through these dynamic & exiting times to come. And my relationship building skills will help Dunedin maximize our partnerships with neighboring cities, the county, the state, and private stakeholders ensuring our position as opportunities arise.
Please take a moment to review just a few of the priorities I feel are critical to making Dunedin more Delightful. I look forward to your input and please remember, vote Julie Ward Bujalski for Mayor on November 4.
Prior Election Endorsements
Endorsements from August 2016 Primary Elections
Dan Fiorini for Florida House District 70
Dan began his professional career as a municipal urban planner specializing in human service and physical development planning. As a grant writer, he was awarded thousands of dollars in grants to establish numerous programs and, later, became the first Executive Director of Vision New Britain. He has a proven, documented record of highly effective fiscal and operational management, and oversight working with and within federal, municipal and non-profit agencies.
Endorsements from March 2016 Elections
Deborah Schechner, Candidate for St Pete Beach Commissioner District 3
Deborah is a long time environmental activist. Her current environmental concerns are the broken pipe lines in St Pete Beach, the dumping of waste water into Clam Bayou, banning fracking, protecting the beaches, and conserving natural areas. She opposes leasing state parks to private enterprises. She has been attending St Pete Beach commission meetings for over 10 years. Deb volunteers for an after school care and mentoring program. She is also a member of City of St Pete Beach Budget and Finance Board Committee, a member of the Pinellas County MPO Citizen Transportation Advisory Committee, and a member of the Friends of Gulf Beaches Historical Museum.
Click here to support Deborah’s campaign: Support Deborah
Mayor Sam Henderson, Candidate for Mayor of Gulfport
Sam is the incumbent in the race for Gulfport Mayor. He has an A.S. in Environmental Technology, a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy, and an M.A on Public Policy and Ecology. Environmental preservation and conservation is his life’s work. Sam was elected to Gulfport City Council in 2009, and was elected Mayor in 2013. During Sam’s years with the city council, he initiated and supported many meaningful environmental projects. He is a member of the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council’s Agency on Bay Management, and served 6 years on the Florida League of Cities’ Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee. Sam is currently working on a major storm water mitigation project to reduce contaminants and nutrients entering Boca Ciega Bay, and with YSI and USFSP College of Marine Science on a cooperative environmental sampling initiative in Clam Bayou that will ultimately be a part of a comprehensive management plan for that estuary. Sam wants to create local incentives for businesses and individuals to hire local clean energy contractors, and get at least one of Gulfport’s city buildings LEED certified by 2019. Click here to support Sam’s campaign: Support Sam
Barbara Banno, Candidate for Mayor of Gulfport
Barbara served on the City Council 2011-2013. She owns Stella’s Deli on Beach Blvd in Gulfport. After St Petersburg dumped waste water into Clam Bayou last August, Barbara organized a “Hands Across the Sand” community event to protest the dumping, and she decided to run for mayor. She wants to be proactive in researching ways to best protect Clam Bayou and to repair the city’s sewer system. Barbara wants to lead an initiative to use solar panels on city buildings, add additional charging stations for electric vehicles, and upgrade Gulfport’s recycling program and transit options. She wants a transparent city council that involves citizens on issues such as city construction that impedes on private property. Click here to support Barbara’s campaign: Support Barbara
April Thanos, Candidate for Gulfport City Council, Ward 1
April spent the majority of her career working for a large shipping company. She has managed mufti-million dollar budgets and supervised employees. She also worked for the Great Seattle Business Association, the largest LGBT and allied chamber of commerce in the US. She wants to revisit having curbside recycling in Gulfport to include glass. She will advocate for green construction and encourage businesses to use green technology. April supports transparency and public input in decision making processes. She rides a bike to events in Gulfport, and thinks more should be done to make biking and walking safer as an alternative means of travel.
Click here to support April’s campaign: Support April
NOVEMBER 2014 ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS
The West Central Chapter of the Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida (DECF) works to elect local Democratic candidates who will embrace and implement sound environmental policies. DECF is pleased to enthusiastically endorse the following candidates in the August primary and November 2014 elections. All DECF members and all voters who care about protecting the state’s water, air and lands are strongly encouraged to volunteer time and donate to these important campaigns!
ABOUT THE CANDIDATES
Candidate for Re-election to Florida House, District 68
Dwight was a public defender for eight years, and now has his own law practice. Representative Dudley wrote legislation to repeal the ability of utility companies to charge customers for future power plants, which allowed Duke Energy to charge customers for a nuclear plant that won’t be built. He also wrote legislation to deregulate clean, renewable energy. Dwight’s legislation was not considered, so he called for constitutional amendments to be placed on the ballot that would repeal the customer fee and encourage renewable energy production.
Candidate for Florida House, District 38
Beverly is originally from Jacksonville. She graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa, and taught social studies and history in Pasco County Schools for thirty-six years. She now works at Saint Leo University training students to be teachers. When Beverly was teaching high school, she was teaching in an agricultural community that understood the importance of a healthy environment. Beverly participated in workshops on the environment and taught her students the relationship between people and the environment. Guarding agricultural and environmentally sensitive areas are important issues for Beverly.
Candidate for Florida State Senate, District 22.
Judithanne lives with her husband Ramsay and daughter Peggy in Madeira Beach. She serves on the PTA Board of her daughter’s school in Pinellas. Judithanne is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Founding Director of the Center for Civic Engagement at USF St Petersburg, where she has taught for eleven years. She is a Fulbright Scholar and published author. She supports Greenlight Pinellas, Amendment 1, and the environmental ethos.
Candidate for Florida House, District 69
Scott grew up in Titusville, FL, and graduated from the University of Central Florida. He owns a family and bankruptcy law firm in St Petersburg. For the past eight years, Scott has been an executive committee member of the Suncoast Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, an organization dedicated to protecting the oceans and beaches. Scott is well aware that plastic bags are a problem that impacts marine environment. He is involved with a campaign to eliminate the use of plastic water bottles and bags that are not biodegradable.
Candidate for Re-election to Florida House, District 65
Carl is originally from New York. He has lived in Palm Harbor, and has been teaching journalism/film making at Countryside High School for twenty-eight years. Representative Zimmermann fought for condo owners who were being forced by investors to sell their homes for low prices, whether they wanted to sell or not. He opposed a bill that would exempt energy companies from disclosing fracking chemicals, by considering the chemicals “trade secrets”. Carl supported the buying of buffer land near military bases to preserve habitat. He opposes the trading of credits for sensitive wetlands.
Candidate for Pinellas County Commission, District 2 At Large.
In 2000, Pat was elected to Largo’s City Commission. Eight years ago, she became Largo’s first female Mayor. She has been a supporter of environmental causes for years, and signed on to the Beyond Coal Campaign letter to Duke Energy. She has worked for thirty-five years in family services, and is the chief operating officer for Family Resources Inc, a nonprofit agency that assists troubled teens. She has worked with victims of assault, domestic violence, and homelessness.
Candidate for Pinellas County Commission, District 4.
Mark is a veteran of the Air Force and is a pilot for a major airline. He grew up in a union household, and mentors children in local schools. He is the East Lake Fire Commissioner, and serves on the Dunedin Fine Arts Center Advisory Board. Mark has installed solar panels to heat his pool and says he would advocate to prevent offshore drilling and development that enriches a few while penalizing the majority.
Candidate for Hillsborough County Commission, District 7, At Large
Pat Kemp is the Vice Chair of the statewide Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida, and she was the Chair-elect of the Tampa Bay Sierra Club. She is an attorney at Bay Area Legal Services and is in private practice. She is an award-winning public radio news director and reporter at WUSF, and talk show host at WMNF. Pat has supported expanded bus, rail, bicycle and walkable communities. She supports the Tampa Bay Ferry Project and is on the board of Tampa Crossroads for Athena House for Women Veterans and Eco-Oaks, LEED certified affordable apartment complex.
Candidate for Manatee County Commission, District 6 At Large.
Terri is a second generation Floridian who lived in Siesta Key as a child, before it became overdeveloped. Terri is running because the environmental ethos has disappeared from the Manatee County Commission, and big development is threatening the county’s natural resources. Last summer, Terri used social media to help gather 6700 petitions from all demographics, to prevent the County Commissioners from voting for the Long Bar Pointe development project.
Candidate for Largo City Commission, Seat 2
Samantha has a BA in Environmental Studies from Eckerd, and an MBA in Sustainable Management from Marylhurst University in Oregon. She has years of experience in city planning and community outreach, which included working as a city land use planner in Tampa, a special events coordinator with a law firm, and a community outreach coordinator for Big Brothers, Big Sisters. She is on the City of Largo Planning Board, a member of the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce, and numerous other organizations. Her priorities include maintaining the quality in life in Largo and ensuring that parks are maintained.
Julie Ward Bujalski
Candidate for Mayor of Dunedin
Julie has served on the Dunedin City Commission for eight years. She represents Dunedin on the PSTA board. As a City Commissioner, she voted for policies to ensure that new city buildings follow green building standards, voted in favor of donating city property for a community garden, and voted for clean up Cedar Creek and Lake Sperry. She is promoting a septic tank abatement program, and for the City to stop selling bottled water. She championed single stream recycling program for Dunedin. She is working with the Coca Cola plant to divert their water into the Dunedin’s reclaimed water system.
Kent “Kip” Curtis
Candidate for Pinellas County School Board District 3 At Large
Kent “Kip” Curtis has a PhD in Environmental History, and has been teaching for twelve years. He came to St Petersburg in 2006, where he taught at Eckerd College, and now teaches Environmental History at the University of South Florida. Kent founded the Edible Peace Patch Project, and then the Edible Education Project. The projects bring interns and student mentors together with Pinellas County school children, for hands-on experience growing healthy, organic food. As Kent puts it, they “build gardens, feed bodies, expand minds, and grow community.”
Candidate for Florida House Seat, District 67.
Stephen is the Solid Waste Accounts Coordinator for the City of Clearwater. His department has one of the strongest recycling programs in the state of Florida. Clearwater instituted a single stream program a few months ago that has reduced their waste stream to the Pinellas County Waste to Energy plant by more than thirty percent. Stephen has a wealth of working knowledge of recycling systems. He has been the president of the CWA Union since 1999.
Candidate for Florida House Seat, District 67
Shawna is from a refinery town in Texas. She has a degree in Management Information Systems. Shawna built a consulting business and was a technology adviser for Governor Jeb Bush. She also worked on the Obama 2008 campaign. She has appeared on several television stations, radio stations, and in national blogs. She is a radio talk show host covering politics and writes for the Huffington Post. Shawna leads Move Florida Forward, which is a project to recruit and elect progressive leaders in key races.
Candidate for Largo City Commission, Seat 1
Republican Candidate for reelection to Pinellas County Commission, District
We believe that he is the better choice of the candidates running for that seat. There is not a Democratic candidate.