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Issues and Voices that Matter June 17, 2010

Voting Smart – Local Issues

Voting Smart: Local Issues

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Central Florida Matters returns to the series we call Voting Smart… in this feature addressing local issues facing voters and candidates in the upcoming 2010 elections. To help us sort through those local issues and focus on the key ones, we put together a panel of two local experts … each with a respectable collection of experience and insight — Marilyn Crotty and Michael Hoover, who describe the local issues facing the voter AND the local candidates.

Marilyn E. Crotty is the Director of the John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government at the University of Central Florida and also serves as Executive Director of the Tri-County League of Cities. Dr. Michael Hoover is a Professor of Political Science at Seminole State College and a frequent participant on Central Florida Matters.
Feature length – 23:02


(Produced, reported and edited by Stephen McKenney Steck
Production assistance courtesy of WUCF-89.9 FM, a service of the University of Central Florida)

In Seminole County Florida, voters are confronted with 6 of the 7 cities holding elections for commissioners and Mayors… 3 seats on the public school board are in contention…2 commission seats are in play for county government….3 races are underway for judgeships…and 3 seats are to be filled for supervisors on the Soil and Water Conservation District board.

Voters must also consider candidates for seats for state government. In Seminole County these offices include 3 state senators, 4 state house members, and then the state-wide races for governor and lieutenant governor, 3 cabinet members and our congressional seats — 1 for Senate and 3 in our area for the House of Representatives. And then there are the 9 proposed state constitutional amendments, initiatives and referenda to consider. The elections are the primary on Tuesday August 24 and the general election on Tuesday November 2.

In Voting Smart, our goal is to help you be a smarter voter… at least on Seminole County-specific issues — issues you and your neighbor confront most every day …the ones that deal mostly with your city, your school board, your county and your judges.

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Marilyn E. Crotty, Director, John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government at the University of Central Florida and Executive Director of the Tri-County League of Cities (photo - CMF Public Media)
Marilyn E. Crotty

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Dr. Michael Hoover, Professor of Political Science, Seminole State College (photo - CMF Public Media)
Dr. Michael Hoover
Professor of Political Science, Seminole State College

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Extended Interview & Pictures

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From left, Stephen McKenney Steck, producer, CMF; Dr. Michael Hoover, Professor of Political Science, Seminole State College; and, Marilyn E. Crotty, Director, John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government at the University of Central Florida and Executive Director of the Tri-County League of Cities (photo - CMF Public Media) From left, Dr. Michael Hoover, Professor of Political Science, Seminole State College; and, Marilyn E. Crotty, Director, John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government at the University of Central Florida and Executive Director of the Tri-County League of Cities (photo - CMF Public Media)
Professor Michael Hoover & Marilyn Crotty Discussion
Extended interview (01:08:00)

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Election and Reelection Offices 2010

Local city and county offices for which candidates are standing for election or reelection in 2010

City government | council/commission

  • Altamonte Springs – Two commission seats in 2010
  • Casselberry – Three commission seats in 2010
  • Lake Mary -Mayor and two commission seats in 2010
  • Oviedo – Three council seats in 2010
  • Sanford – Mayor and two commission seats in 2010
  • Winter Springs – Mayor and two commission seats in 2010

Public school board

  • School Board Member, District 1
  • School Board Member, District 2
  • School Board Member, District 5

County government – commissioners

  • County Commissioner, District 2
  • County Commissioner, District 4

District 18 circuit court (for Brevard and Seminole) – judges

  • 18th Judicial Court (two races)

County Judges

  • Seminole County Court (one race)


Soil and Water Conservation

  • Soil and Water Conservation District, Group 1
  • Soil and Water Conservation District, Group 3
  • Soil and Water Conservation District, Group 5

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