Feature length – 23:57
In 2010, three of the five seats on the Seminole County School Board, are up for election. Only two seats are vacant as the incumbent in the 3rd seat — Diane Bauer, had no candidate opposition by qualifying deadline and will therefore automatically be seated for another term. The two remaining seats are for District # 2 and # 5. District seats are elected county wide and are non-partisan.
If you are a typical time-starved but interested voter, this feature is produced just for you. It’s a 17-minute version of a much longer voter forum. That 90-minute forum is presented on CMF’s Heard in Central Florida page. It features the candidates from both districts at the same time in an extended Q and A session where their answers are all taken together in one setting.
Since the credentials of these candidates in district 2 — Ackerman and Almond — have no bearing on your vote for the candidates in the other district, this feature presents Ackerman and Almond as a one district-standalone…just like they are grouped on the ballot which asks you to vote for one or the other.
The excerpts are from a voter forum sponsored by The League of Women Voters of Seminole County and the Seminole County Council of Parent/Teachers. In keeping with our agreement with the League — we present their forums in a gavel-to-gavel style on the Heard in Central Florida page. Yet, in this Voting Smart feature we slim down the forum without harming the essential content, while preserving the unedited characteristic of the 90-minute presentation.
In addition to an opening statement from each, the candidates are asked to respond to 8 questions which hit on such subjects as teacher salaries, performance based pay, the proposed half-cent sales tax, and budget challenges. Candidates Paul Ackerman and Karen Almond are also asked to address questions related to their vision for the school district, the use or not of federal stimulus funds flowing to the district, the class size amendment and why each thought they’d be a better choice than their opponent. Those questions are posed by event moderator Wayne Weinberg, president of Leadership Seminole and Envision Seminole.
Below, we provide links to other programs on our site which feature races involving candidates for Casselberry City Commission, Seminole County seats in the Florida House of Representatives, and district and county judges. Additional programs feature discussion and debates regarding the impact – pro and con — on proposed Constitutional amendments as are features regarding the state of municipal leadership, the role of the Seminole County Election Supervisor, highlight of local issues facing voters and candidates, women in politics, and various assessments — from the point of view of local legislators and political pundits — of results from the March-April 2010 state legislative session.
Now in production are features regarding the candidates in the race for Winter Springs and Oviedo for City Council and mayor seats
Candidate contact information provided by the candidate to the Seminole County Supervisor of Elections or from candidate promotion material.
Paul J. Ackerman
district # 2 candidate
1634 Tiverton Street
district # 2 candidate
President – Leadership Seminole and Envision Seminole
Links to other features produced by CMF Public Media featuring local candidates, races, interviews, forums and commentary
- Seminole County School Board candidate forum (all candidates)
- Casselberry city commission candidates
- Seminole County’s State House of Representatives candidates
- Judicial Review: Meet the Candidates
- Amendment-4/Hometown Democracy – Proposed Florida Constitutional Amendment
- State Constitutional Amendments – Michael Ertel
- Women in Politics
- Voting Smart: The Role of the Elections Supervisor
- Voting Smart – Local Issues
- Voting Smart: The State of Municipal Leadership
- 2010 Florida Legislative Session assessment (by local political pundits)
- 2010 Florida Legislative Session assessment (by local members of the Legislative delegation)
- Voices on the Street: If I were a candidate…
- Voting Smart: Former Oviedo Mayor Tom Walters