The Indian River is one of the most ecologically diverse waterways in North America, and it is in trouble. It has been in trouble for a long time. And one of the main reasons is that it’s seen as nothing more than a cash cow, a resource to be used up, and a backdrop for photographs to sell the image of the Space Coast while we allow its precious ecology to be destroyed.
The current slate of commissioners has been looking at short-term economics only. “What can we get out of this? How much revenue can the Inlet, the beaches, and Indian River bring?” On the Commission are developers and Chamber of Commerce presidents. It has been a long time since anyone on the Commission has had a mind for science and ecology. And all 122 miles of the Indian River plus six inlets from the ocean—not to mention the turtles, seabirds, dolphins, whales, and all the sea-life—depend on bringing science and common sense back to the Commission. It is time to fix what we have broken.
So I'm running for Seat 5. I want to make sure we still have a river to enjoy—a living river, for us, for our children and their children and all their tomorrows, not just for developers today. It’s also for the plants and animals that call this area home. This isn't just about us: we share this world. Ecology is more than what is seen on the surface. And we need to remember that.
I have degrees in science as well as a Master’s in education with over two decades in instruction in science and communications. I am an author and long-time environmentalist who has been in the trenches of the deep-ecology movement. Now I want to work to make real change from the inside out.
We need to be good stewards, to look for what is sustainable in the long-term and not to act out of short-term profit or expediency. If you live in Brevard County, south of Rockledge (Districts 3, 4 and 5), or south through Indian River County to south of Vero Beach, please vote for sustainability, for science, for stewardship. Please vote for me.
Please consider helping financially, if you can. We don't need much, but we need some. And with just enough financial assistance, we can win this race and help make one of the most ecologically diverse waterways in North America healthy again.
And share this page if you can—via text, email, and social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Even if you can't contribute, sharing this will still be a tremendous help.
Please help us bring the Indian River back to vibrant health. Help elect me to the Sebastian Inlet District by donating so we can get this done.
Thank you for endorsing this campaign!
September 28, 2018
Come join me at Open Mike's on 10/8. 6 to 9 pm at the corner of Babcock and US1 in Melbourne. This is one evening when the Environment and the Funk DO go well together! Let's talk lagoon. Come with your questions or just to meet. Tell me your concerns, pick up a sign, enjoy some coffee and Funk Night with Funkmaster Jared.
6 to 7 will be quiet for conversation. 7 and on will be punctuated with the best Funk the Mothership has to offer. See you there!
September 21, 2018
If you are near the entrance or exit of a housing development, or have a business around town on a busy street, and would like a sign, please let me know.
September 15, 2018
The charter of the Sebastian Inlet District is to keep the Indian River Lagoon and the beaches in a natural state.
Here is one thing I can promise you: While it can't be fixed in just four years, we can make huge progress and no one is going to try harder than I. If you live between Vero and Rockledge, I'll prove it to you. Please vote for me on Nov 6th.
September 8, 2018
Thank you, Brevard Federation of Teachers. I am proud and delighted for my campaign to have earned their endorsement. Together, we will bring environmental education back to our schools, with curriculum that centers on local issues so the next generation not only can, but wants to care for our waters and the life within.
As an educator, I have seen education programs make the difference in other parts of our country with ecosystems in collapse. On the Hudson. In the Chesapeake. Their programs created a generation of environmental voters the candidates HAD to listen to. If they can do it there, how can the Spacecoast not be able to acheive this? We can. We just need someone to get it done.
Please help me do exactly that. Share this post. And, if you can, please consider donating even just five dollars. Small donations add up and, together, we can make it real.
September 2, 2018
Here is a little song for you about our Indian River. Obviously I am better off working in ecology and education than entertainment. I'd appreciate your vote so I can do just exactly that. And, if you can share this, that would be great. If you can be a part of this by helping in our campaign, that's double great! Thanks.
And, in case you are wondering, that is a tenor ukulele. Retuned to GCEA.
August 29, 2018
It's a lot to ask. Many of you, like me, are already volunteering many hours. Many of you, like me, are already donating monthly to campaigns. So it's a lot to ask. But to be fully funded, this campaign needs about $900 more than we have. That means cards to hand out, and one sign for each polling location and a few extra to hold. That means paint for re-purposing/recylcing used signs. That means social media ads to reach into the parts of the district we can't get to.It's a lot to ask.
It's a lot to ask, but that is what we need to make this happen, to affect the change we need to see on the commission, to be there to work with our compatriots in the house, senate, county commissions and city councils to get the job done. That's what we need to make sure we win this race.
So, if you could, please donate something. Anything. Please share this as widely as you can. The importance of this ecology reaches far beyond the borders of these counties, of these 122 miles of river, of these six inlets. This North American, this world, treasure needs protection.
August 23, 2018
Thank you for giving me so many reasons to work so much harder. I appreciate your confidence in me. And when the primary passes in a few days, there will be so very much more to do. So I'm up early to make sure it gets done.
Education is part of the job of the Sebastian Inlet District. They are charged with creating educational programs and assisting the schools and libraries of Brevard and Indian River Counties in implementing them. Yet no educator sits on the commission and no program has ever been implemented. I want to change that.
We are close to having the funds to do so. We need just $890 more to make sure we have the cards needed when I go door to door. To make sure there is a sign at every polling place on the day of the general election with someone to tell interested voters why they should choose me. And for social media advertising for reaching into Indian River County. We are close.
I'm asking, if you havn't pitched in yet, if you could help me reach that goal. And, if you have, with my very great thanks, if you could help by sharing this. With that done, I can stop asking and spend all my energy making sure on November 6th, we win this seat and can get to work.
Please, if you can, help make that happen.