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Issues and Voices that Matter August 2, 2012

Seminole County Commission Candidates

Seminole County Commission Candidates title (photos - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
Republican candidates Lee Constantine, Kathleen Gallagher McIver, and incumbent Dick Van Der Weide are standing for election for Seminole County Commissioner for District #3. They addressed voters at a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Seminole County and the Oviedo ~ Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce. A fourth Republican candidate for this commission seat– Don Epps, was unable to attend this event.

(Produced, reported and edited by Stephen McKenney Steck. Still photos – Charles E. Miller for CMF Public Media.)

The “live” candidate forum lasted more than one hour and 48 minutes.

To make listening more efficient, CMF has created three shorter listening options.

This is the 38-minute option.
In this podcast you’ll hear the candidates’ condensed opening comments and un-edited responses to 7 of 16. Those questions center on what the candidate hopes to accomplish…whether they would increase taxes… what budget waste might be identified and cut…how new business might be attracted to the county…whether the candidate would support the school board’s proposed 1-mill tax increase… growth management planning… and steps to sustain the availability of fresh water in the county

Length: 38 minutes

This is the 46-minute option.
In this podcast you’ll hear the remaining 9 questions with the candidates’ un-edited responses on environmental protection… funding the libraries in the county… building consensus on the commission… homelessness in the county… citizen participation in county government… creating toll lanes on portions of Interstate-4…a charter revision to make the commission non-partisan…community redevelopment agencies in the 7-cities in the county…naming one county issue the candidate would improve… and the candidates’ closing statements.

Length: 46 minutes

This is the “extended” 1-hour 27-minute option.
This podcast contains the un-edited elements of the above podcasts, less sponsor opening and closing remarks.

Length: 87 minutes

Commission Candidates

Lee Constantine
Republican candidate, county commissioner, district-3
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Kathleen Gallagher McIver
Republican candidate, county commissioner, district-3
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Dick Van Der Weide
Republican candidate, county commissioner, district-3 (incumbent)

Forum Moderator

Marilyn Crotty
forum moderator, director, John Scott Dailey/Florida Institute of Government, University of Central Florida

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In the August 14, 2012 primary election, the candidate with the most votes cast by Republican voters in Seminole County will face a write-in candidate in the general election on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

A Seminole County Commissioner earns a current annual salary of $80,282, serves a 4-year term, and is not term limited. The winner of the election will be sworn it and take office at the County Commission meeting on November 13, 2012.

The forum was recorded on Friday evening, July 27, 2012 in the community room of the Oviedo Mall in southeast Seminole County, before a gathering of 50 members and guests of the League of Women Voters of Seminole County, represented by president Jeanne Morris, and the Oviedo ~ Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce, represented by vice president of government affairs, Regina Bereswill.

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