Corporate conglomerates (namely, Big Sugar) have contributed to the demise of the Everglades for decades, using the system as a giant septic tank and blocking the flow of water from Lake O into the Everglades.
The real question is, do Floridians want a restored Everglades and thriving coastal ecosystems or not? If we do, we must elect a governor who will shepherd this through.
AUGUST 28 IS OUR FIRST CHANCE
The 2018 election actually begins on Tuesday, August 28. The State of Florida holds closed Primaries, so only registered Democrats can vote for Democrats and only registered Republicans can vote for Republicans.
DEMOCRATS: We like Jeff Greene, Philip Levine, Chris King and Andrew Gillum. Greene, King and Levine are not accepting sugar's money. Gwen Graham has returned money she received from sugar. Andrew Gillum will not commit one way or the other. But all five have a terrific grasp of the issues related to the Everglades, the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers and coastal estuaries and have given us their commitment to halting the discharges and sending clean water south to the Everglades and Florida Bay.
REPUBLICANS: We like Ron DeSantis, who is one of the very few politicians (R or D) who has consistently stood up to Big Sugar, consistently voting against their corporate welfare scheme (the federal sugar subsidy program). He has a 100% voting record on Everglades and estuary issues and has given us his commitment to halting the discharges and sending clean water south to the Everglades and Florida Bay.
Registered Independents, NPAs or others should consider switching just for the Primary, then switching back for the General.
NOVEMBER 6 IS THE GENERAL ELECTION
The winner from each party will square off in the General Election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. More on that later.