CARROLLWOOD FORUM - Mitch Perry
Along with voting for President and for the next U.S. Senator, Hillsborough County voters will be choosing State and County RepresentativesÃ¢â¬Â¦..
Last Thursday night, the Carrollwood Area Business Association Held a Candidates Forum
In one of the more hotly contested races, former Tampa City Councilman Bob Buckhorn is trying to keep retiring Commissioner Jan PlattÃ¢â¬â¢s seat in Democratic hands. He is running against former wrestler Brian Blair.
One of the biggest issues in this race has been Impact FeesÃ¢â¬Â¦.
Republican Brian Blair said he hasnÃ¢â¬â¢t examined the issue that closely (roll tape#1 o.q. Ã¢â¬Åin detailÃ¢â¬?)
Before Bob Buckhorn responded, he make a slight dig at his opponent (roll tape#2 o.q.Ã¢â¬?coherent answerÃ¢â¬?) Buckhorn has been making the raising of impact fees on developers - which in turn pay for school and road construction - a central tenant of his candidacy (roll tape#3 o.q.Ã¢â¬? pays itÃ¢â¬â¢s fair shareÃ¢â¬?)
ThereÃ¢â¬â¢s another seat on the Hillsborough County Commission being contestedÃ¢â¬Â¦That one currently belongs to Democrat Pat Frank, who is on the ballot to become the next Clerk of the Circuit CourtÃ¢â¬Â¦.Running for her seat are 3 candidates - Republican Mark Sharpe, who did not attend Thursday nightÃ¢â¬â¢s Forum, former Republican now turned Democrat Denise Layne, and Joe Redner, who has ran as a Democrat but is running in this race as an Independent.
In the aftermath of the 2 hurricanes that directly affected the Tampa Bay Area, there has been considerable anger amongst some residents about the debris that resulted from downed trees and power linesÃ¢â¬Â¦.Currently, the County Tree Ordinance does not allow for the cutting down of Grand Oak trees once they are 18 inches in diameter Ã¢â¬Â¦Ã¢â¬Â¦.There has already been discussions in the Tampa City Council about being more proactive in cutting down some treesÃ¢â¬Â¦Ã¢â¬Â¦Denise Layne, a noted environmentalist, was asked how to preserve green space and also prevent power outages in the future(roll tape#4 o.q. Ã¢â¬Å Reason we can breatheÃ¢â¬?)
Joe Redner responded (roll tape#4 o.q. Ã¢â¬Åshould go undergroundÃ¢â¬?)
In the race for Hillsborough County Schoolboard District 1, Democrat Susan Valdez is running against Janice Torgersen Ã¢â¬Â¦They were asked by the eventÃ¢â¬â¢s moderator what their thoughts were regarding the growing child obesity situation - along with the fact that the County last year signed a lucrative agreement with a soft drink company to sell their products on campus ..First, Susan Valez (roll tape#5 o.q.Ã¢â¬? for educationÃ¢â¬?)
Janice Torgersen says that the reduction of P.E. courses in Florida Schools is a negative action that she would like to work to reverse (roll tape#6 o.q. Ã¢â¬Å4 years of physical educationÃ¢â¬?)
In the State House, District 47, Republican incumbent Kevin Ambler is running against Libertarian candidate Kim Snow. When asked their views about Amendment #1 - which asks Florida Voters to approve a measure that would mandate Parental Notification of a teenager when she becomes pregnantÃ¢â¬Â¦Ambler co-sponsored the Amendment in the HouseÃ¢â¬Â¦
Libertarian Kim Snow doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t see the issue - or what it actually does - in that vein
(roll tape#7 o.q.Ã¢â¬?I would vote against that AmendmentÃ¢â¬?)
The candidates for Supervisor of Elections AND Clerk of the Circuit Court also debated the issuesÃ¢â¬Â¦Ã¢â¬Â¦comments powered by Disqus