Archive for July, 2010


Seminole County School Board Candidates

Seminole County School Board Candidates (Photo collage - CMF Public Media)To a series of questions posed by the League of Women Voters of Seminole County, hear the responses from candidates qualified to run for election or re-election to the board of the Seminole County Public School System. All 5 of the qualified candidates spoke at this event. Each will be heard unedited in this program.

In district 2, candidates speaking are…Paul J. Ackerman and Karen Almond. Neither candidate is the incumbent. In district 5, candidates speaking are…Tina Calderone, Becky Erwin and Jeanne Morris. Jeanne Morris is the incumbent.

The candidate portion of this feature runs 1 hour 17-minutes in addition to 5-minutes of event rules and League announcements.
Feature Length — 01:28:28
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Seminole County’s State House of Representative Candidates

From questions posed by the League of Women Voters of Seminole County, hear unedited answers from candidates running for election to the Florida House of Representatives in the districts serving Seminole County Florida — #25, 33 and 34. Eight of 13 candidates attended this event. None of the candidates are incumbents. In the order in which they are initially heard, the candidates are Larry Metz, Frank Lane Wood, Leo Cruz, James DeCocq, Ellen Paul, Jeff Deen (for Alice Sterling), Franklin Perez and Steve Barnes. The candidate-portion of this feature runs 46-minutes in addition to 5-minutes of event rules and League announcements. This event — known by the League as their Hot Topic Luncheon — was recorded Thursday, July 22, 2010 at Sergio’s Italian Restaurant in Sanford, Florida. Deana Schott, immediate past president of the League of Women Voters of Seminole County facilitated the event.

Candidates not participating were district # 37 incumbent Republican Scott Plakon who is unopposed in both the primary and general election, in addition to 4 other candidates not appearing – Republicans Rick Joyce (district # 25), Jason Brodeur (district # 33), incumbent Chris Dorworth (district # 34) and Tea Party candidate John DeVries (district # 34). Devries and Dorworth have no primary opposition.

State Senate candidates have been invited to speak at a separate League event, which will also be presented on the Heard in Central Florida series. Feature Length — 56:49


Photos courtesy – GK Sharman and CMF Public Media

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Commentary

Gil Bankston, General Manager of the Oviedo MarketPlace (Photo - CMF Public Media)

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A feature of every Central Florida Matters is a 3-minute commentary presented by a voice that matters on an issue that voice believes matters.

The voice you’ll hear is that of Gil Bankston, General Manager of the Oviedo MarketPlace commenting on his plans for the mall.
Feature length – 03:24
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Hey Stranger. What’s Your Story? (Chris)

Hey Stranger... What's Your Story?

At Trotwood Park in the city of Winter Springs, we meet Chris, the father of a son with SPD – sensory processing disorder. He describes the challenges his son & family face as a result of SPD. This story – offered by a stranger whom we serendipitously met at a city park — ends with a message of pride, confidence & encouragement (length – 17:42)


(Produced, reported and edited by Stephen McKenney Steck)

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Women in Politics

Women in Politics

Are women making gains as candidates and officeholders in the political arena? Linda Chapin, a pioneer for women in public service, Pat Bates, mayor of Altamonte Springs and Dr. Terri Fine, professor of Political Science at UCF discuss the characteristics that help women flourish in politics and the circumstances that make it difficult for women to succeed. They describe an environment in which a woman’s point of view is needed, yet often in a setting which is sometimes uncomfortable for women. They all encourage women to step up and climb the ladder from local government to the White House. Feature length – 23:53
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Voting Smart: Michael Ertel, Supervisor of Elections, Seminole County, Fl

Voting Smart: Michael Ertel, Supervisor of Elections, Seminole County, FL.

Voting Smart interviews Michael Ertel, Supervisor of Elections for Seminole County Florida in what results in a civics lesson – on issues surrounding voting in the upcoming local elections. Ertel is the go-to-guy who assures your vote is counted and counted correctly, that local candidates play by the rules in seeking your vote, and that your voting experience is as flawless as possible. Feature length – 31:20 Read the rest of this entry »

Casselberry City Commission Candidates

Casselberry Candidates Doerner & Tull (Collage -- CMF Public Media)

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Casselberry, Florida City Commission seat #1 will be filled by the voters in the election on August 24, 2010. The candidates are incumbent Susan Doerner and challenger Craig A. Tull. Ms. Doerner is seeking her 3rd and final term on the commission and Mr. Tull decided to jump into the race after a conflict with the city commission over parking work vehicles in residential neighborhoods. They discuss that issue and the budget crisis, plans for a city center and their vision for Casselberry.

Feature length 23:01
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Central Florida Matters #16

Central Florida Matters # 16 (Photo of Jay Blanchard Park trail - CMF Public Media)

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Hear Michael Ertel, Seminole County Supervisor of Elections in a Voting Smart civics lesson on voting in the upcoming local elections. The role of women in politics is assessed by former Orange County Mayor Linda Chapin, Dr. Terri Fine of UCF and Patricia Bates, mayor of Altamonte Springs. Listen to a local dad’s success in confronting his son’s SPD— sensory processing disorder. And hear commentary from the new general manager of Oviedo Marketplace, Gil Bankston, on changes he is initiating at the mall.

These are the issues and voices featured in a traditional radio-style format in this complete version of Central Florida Matters, posted on line 7/29/2010. Feature length – 01:22:58


Presented and hosted by Stephen McKenney Steck and Desta Horner

2010 Florida Legislative Session Review

2010 Florida Legislative Session Review title (photo - GK Sharman)On this Heard in Central Florida, you’ll hear an assessment on the effectiveness of the recently adjourned 2010 session of the Florida legislature from the perspectives of three local subject matter experts—Deidre Macnab, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida; Mark Simpson, public radio journalist for 90.7 WMFE-FM; and, Dick Batchelor, a locally recognized political analyst and business consultant. The league invited State Senator Lee Constantine to present. Senator Constantine did not respond to their invitation. The presentation portion of this feature runs 41-minutes. It is followed by 20-minutes of answers to audience questions. This event — known as the League of Women Voters of Seminole County’s Hot Topic Luncheon — was recorded Thursday, June 24, 2010 at Sergio’s Italian Restaurant in Sanford, Florida. The event drew more than 40 league members and members of the public. Deana Schott, immediate past president of the League of Women Voters of Seminole County hosted the event.
Feature Length — 01:11:49


Photos courtesy – GK Sharman and CMF Public Media

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