Anti-All Aboard Florida group CARE FL releases 2016 Candidate Report Card

 

Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida (CARE FL) continues to actively pursue all possible legal, political and public communication channels to stop the ill-conceived All Aboard Florida (AAF)/Brightline rail project that threatens the public safety and current way of life of communities throughout the Treasure Coast.

 

From CARE FL’s Chair Brent Hanlon:

 

MAKE YOUR VOICE COUNT…..VOTE TODAY

 

Reminder:

Early voting ends Saturday, August 27th.

Primary election will be held on Tuesday, August 30th.

As Floridians prepare to cast their ballots in the upcoming primary election, Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida (CARE FL) today released grades for numerous local, state and federal candidates in the Treasure Coast and north Palm Beach County regions. In June, CARE FL sent a survey to candidates to determine where they stand on rail expansion.

 

“CARE FL and its members are extremely pleased by the number of candidates who responded, including candidates such as our region’s Senate President-Designate Joe Negron, and many of our Congressional leaders such as U.S. Representatives Bill Posey and Patrick Murphy,” said Brent Hanlon, Chairman of the CARE FL Steering Committee. “The fact that these very busy leaders took the time to respond to our survey shows how important this issue is to voters.”

 

CARE FL’s candidate survey asked twelve questions that were qualitative and quantitative, and allowed for additional comments, providing an opportunity for individuals running for office in the regions impacted by All Aboard Florida (AAF) to outline their stance on the rail expansion project and explain the reasoning behind their beliefs. The survey was sent to candidates for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, the Florida Legislature, and county commissions in Martin, Indian River, St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties.

 

“CARE FL’s 2016 Candidate Report Card lets Floridians impacted by this misguided rail project know where the candidates seeking to represent them stand on this important issue, and provides them with valuable insight and information when they head to the polls to cast their votes,” said Jane Feinstein, community volunteer and member of the CARE FL Steering Committee who serves as the chairman of the group’s survey initiative. “We are pleased to provide special recognition to our champions, who have had the courage to put the safety and well-being of their communities above special interests.”

 

Breakdown of CARE FL’s 2016 Legislative Report Card:

 

9 candidates were named “Champions”

26 candidates earned an “A”

10 candidates earned a “B”

3 candidates earned a “C”

1 candidates earned a “D”

2 candidates earned an “F”

CARE FL recognized current office holders who through their past actions have demonstrated a commitment to fighting the ill-conceived AAF project to protect the safety and way of life for families living in the affected regions as “Champions.” The candidates recognized as Champions in 2016 include:

 

Patrick Murphy, U.S. Senate (U.S. Congressman Murphy is running for the U.S. Senate)

“I will continue to work with state and federal officials—including the Secretary of Transportation—to address the negative impact this project would have on our district.”

 

Bill Posey, U.S. Representative, District 8 (Incumbent)

“I have worked every day, in every possible way, to stop the train at the federal level.”

 

Senate President-Designate Joe Negron, Florida Senate, District 25

“I organized the first local meeting of elected officials and leaders opposing AAF.”

 

Debbie Mayfield, Florida Senate, District 17 (State Representative Mayfield is running for the State Senate)

“[AAF] will have adverse impacts on public safety, property values and quality of life here in our communities.”

 

MaryLynn Magar, Florida House, District 82 (Incumbent)

“I do not support the All Aboard project for numerous reasons. Most importantly is the safety factor.”

 

Gayle Harrell, Florida House, District 83 (Incumbent)

“The negative impacts on the health, safety…and quality of life of residents of the Treasure Coast are tremendous.”

 

Bob Solari, Indian River BOCC, District 5 (Incumbent)

“No reasonable person would put a train going 110 miles an hour through urban downtowns.”

 

Anne Scott, Martin County BOCC, District 3 (Incumbent)

“[AAF] is a total game changer for the region in a totally negative way.”

 

John Haddox, Martin County BOCC, District 5 (Incumbent)

“All Aboard Florida poses serious threats to our quality of life, economy, and safety.”

 

Candidates who received low grades did not share CARE FL’s views about the AAF project, which CARE FL believes is a threat to the safety of the community

 

“We found that most candidates share our concerns about the project’s costs, safety implications and environmental impacts,” said Hanlon. “This is why CARE FL is working tirelessly to educate the public on the negative financial implications of rail expansion for our communities and municipalities, as well as its damaging safety, environmental and waterway impacts. We will continue to actively pursue all possible legal and public communication channels to stop the ill-conceived AAF rail project that will destroy our quality of life and put our residents in harm’s way.”

 

CARE FL offered a fair and balanced survey that provided opportunities for both supporters and those opposed to the AAF project to fully explain their positions. For example, among the 12 questions included were:

 

Do you support the All Aboard Florida project?

If you DO support the All Aboard Florida project, what benefits do you feel that the project will bring to the residents and visitors?

If you are unsure of your support, what data or information are you seeking to make an informed decision?

If you do NOT support the All Aboard Florida project, what are your concerns about the project?

If you do NOT support the All Aboard Florida project, what will you do to stop the expansion of freight and passenger trains if you are elected?

Several candidates who responded to the survey claimed they were unable to make an informed judgment and were not included in this report card.

 

REMINDER: Early Voting is open until Saturday, August 27th, 2016. ThePrimary Election Day is being held on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016.

 

CARE FL 2016

Candidate Report Card

 

LOCAL

Susan Adams, Indian River BOCC, District 1 – FINAL GRADE: A

Richard Gillmor, Indian River BOCC, District 1 – FINAL GRADE: A

Joe Earman, Indian River BOCC, District 3 – FINAL GRADE: A

*Timothy Zorc, Indian River BOCC, District 3 – FINAL GRADE: A

Brian Heady, Indian River BOCC, District 5 – FINAL GRADE: D

*Bob Solari, Indian River BOCC, District 5 – FINAL GRADE: Champion

 

Sal Anicito, St. Lucie County BOCC, District 1 – FINAL GRADE: A

Linda Bartz, St. Lucie County BOCC, District 3 – FINAL GRADE: B

Howard Fein, St. Lucie County BOCC, District 3 – FINAL GRADE: A

Patrick Campion, St. Lucie County BOCC, District 3 – FINAL GRADE: A

Cathy Townsend, St. Lucie County BOCC, District 5 – FINAL GRADE: B

*Kim Johnson, St. Lucie County BOCC, District 5 – FINAL GRADE: A

 

*Hal Valeche, Palm Beach County BOCC, District 1 – FINAL GRADE: A

Tony Bennett, Palm Beach County BOCC, District 1 – FINAL GRADE: B

David Kerner, Palm Beach County BOCC, District 3 – FINAL GRADE: B

Drew Martin, Palm Beach County BOCC, District 3 – FINAL GRADE: C

Lawrence Gordon, Palm Beach County BOCC, District 7 – FINAL GRADE: F

 

*Doug Smith, Martin County BOCC, District 1 – FINAL GRADE: A

Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, Martin County BOCC, District 1 – FINAL GRADE: A

John Schierbaum, Martin County BOCC, District 3 – FINAL GRADE: B

*Anne Scott, Martin County BOCC, District 3 – FINAL GRADE: Champion

Harold Jenkins, Martin County BOCC, District 3 – FINAL GRADE: A

*John Haddox, Martin County BOCC, District 5 – FINAL GRADE: Champion

Donna Melzer, Martin County BOCC, District 5 – FINAL GRADE: A

Edward Ciampi, Martin County BOCC, District 5 – FINAL GRADE: A

 

STATE

*Debbie Mayfield, Florida Senate, District 17 – FINAL GRADE: Champion

 

*Joe Negron, Florida Senate, District 25 – FINAL GRADE: Champion

Bruno Moore, Florida Senate, District 25 – FINAL GRADE: A

 

Dale Mark Glading, Florida House, District 54 – FINAL GRADE: A

Erin Grall, Florida House, District 54 – FINAL GRADE: A

Lange Sykes, Florida House, District 54 – FINAL GRADE: A

 

*MaryLynn Magar, Florida House, District 82 – FINAL GRADE: Champion

 

*Gayle Harrell, Florida House, District 83 – FINAL GRADE: Champion

Crystal Lucas, Florida House, District 83 – FINAL GRADE: A

 

*Larry Lee Jr, Florida House, District 84 – FINAL GRADE: B

 

Rick Roth, Florida House, District 85 – FINAL GRADE: B

 

Artie Lurie, Florida House, District 90 – FINAL GRADE: B

 

 

FEDERAL

 

Patrick Murphy, U.S. Senate – FINAL GRADE: Champion

Pamela Keith, U.S. Senate – FINAL GRADE: C

Charles Frederick Tolbert, U.S. Senate – FINAL GRADE: C

 

Bill Stinson, U.S. Representative, District 8 – FINAL GRADE: A

*Bill Posey, U.S. Representative, District 8 – FINAL GRADE: Champion

Corry Westbrook, U.S. Representative, District 8 – FINAL GRADE: A

 

Jonathan Chane, U.S. Representative, District 18 – FINAL GRADE: B

Carl Domino, U.S. Representative, District 18 – FINAL GRADE: A

Mark Freeman, U.S. Representative, District 18 – FINAL GRADE: A

Rick Kozell, U.S. Representative, District 18 – FINAL GRADE: A

Rebecca Negron, U.S. Representative, District 18 – FINAL GRADE: A

Randy Perkins, U.S. Representative, District 18 – FINAL GRADE: A

 

Gary Stein, U.S. Representative, District 20 – FINAL GRADE: F

 

Paul Spain, U.S. Representative, District 21 – FINAL GRADE: B

 

(*) Denotes Incumbent

 

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Winning this fight against AAF is up to CARE and the residents of the Treasure Coast communities who have the most to lose from this project. Please continue to stand with CARE and oppose AAF!To get the latest or to sign up for our monthly updates, please visit our website www.saveourfl.com or you can like our Facebook page. You can also follow us on Twitter.

 

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