Prioritize Water at the Polls
Clean water is the foundation upon which all else functions.
Our economy depends on good water policy to ensure a thriving economy. When we forget this very basic notion, we all suffer. No matter rich, poor, young, old, entrepreneur, student, businessman - every one of us is relying on a thriving Florida economy. Without clean water, none of us thrive.
As we head to the polls in November look to the east and west coast of Florida to see what happens when a coastal community is devastated by poor water management.
Voters must prioritize water at the polls: let’s elect leaders who will fight for good water policy, a vibrant economy, and healthy coastlines.
Andrew Gillum (D) faces his strongest opponent in Ron DeSantis (R). Floridians have reached to the extreme edges of party politics to place these men on the ballot. Despite the fact that DeSantis promises to make good on Florida water policy, criticizes the influence of the sugar industry in Florida politics, and didn’t support the recent farm bill, his Florida voting record is abysmal when it comes to the environment. We see Andrew Gillum as the best choice for water. Gillum has a record of reasonable governance and consistent policy toward environmental preservation. His plan for water management is detailed and concise and we believe he will turn the tide on one track rule for water policy.
United States Senator
Bill Nelson (D) faces Rick Scott (R) in this heated race. Rick Scott has been the two term Governor of Florida and has been at the helm while the state has ushered in policy after policy that has hampered Everglades Restoration. With toxic blue-green algae blanketing Lake Okeechobee and Florida coastlines, the death of marine life and habitat, and the prevalence of noxious air, Scott offers a meager protest when he points the finger at Bill Nelson for not securing funds from the Federal Government to finance the federal portion of Everglades Restoration. Nelson must shoulder some of the blame for the predicament we face, but he is certainly the lesser of the two villains in this story.
Representative in Congress District #26
Voting water at the Congressional level means looking at the national state of affairs. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D) runs against the left leaning Carlos Curbelo (R) in a very close race. We suggest it is time to push for a paradigm shift in how we choose our candidates. Curbelo has the experience of a politician, and has made impressive strides in bridging the gap between Dems and Republicans on issue of climate change and sea level rise. And yet he is burdened by his party which is led by a president bent on gutting fundamental environmental protections. We look to Mucarsel-Powell to follow through on her word to prioritize Everglades Restoration and to continue the obvious need to work on sea level rise and climate solutions for our District.
State Representative District #120
Newcomer Captain Steve Friedman(D) faces incumbent Holly Raschein(R) in this race. Friedman is running a grass roots campaign surrounding his mission to clean up Florida Bay and fight for clean water. Raschein (R) also claims to be “for the water” and has been able to do some good work for the Keys. Having been tied to Republican leadership which has led the way on depleting environmental protections in the state, Raschein has allowed her good intentions to be stymied. On the fundamental issue of prioritizing water - it is time to ask for more.
Commissioner for Agriculture
Nikki Fried (D) faces Matt Caldwell(R) in this race. The, “anyone but Caldwell” refrain heard ‘round the state from those prioritizing water comes from Caldwell’s history of insidiously posing as someone who cares about his constituents while quietly undermining expediting Everglades Restoration and good water policy. Nikki Fried is the clear choice in this race.
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