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.
Since the ‘90s, Adam Putnam has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of Big Sugar’s largess, taking tens of millions and working on behalf of two sugar barons, not Floridians. In the world of political gamesmanship, you cannot serve two masters. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding. And in Florida, it’s the toxic algae in our waterways.
The question is not what to do next. That has already been answered and is uncontroverted scientific fact: Stop the toxic discharges to the coasts and send more clean water south to 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 Chris King, Jeff Greene, Gwen Graham and Philip Levine. Greene, King and Levine are not accepting sugar's money. Gwen Graham donated money she received from sugar to an environmental group, and will not accept any further contributions. All four 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 stood up to Big Sugar, telling them no, and 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.