There will be 13 proposed constitutional amendments on the 2018 general election ballot. Learn about how these amendments made the ballot and what you need to know to make an informed decision when you vote on Election Day. The Chamber has teamed up with the Institute for Women in Politics for this informative Lunch and Learn to better inform our community.
When and Where:
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM EST
Hyatt Place Pensacola Airport
161 Airport Ln.
Pensacola, FL 32504
Deputy General Counsel
Executive Office of the Governor
Owner & Chief Strategist
Full Contact Strategies LLC
Lunch is included in your $25 registration fee.
Chamber Vice President of Public Affairs Todd Thomson was interviewed by WUWF's Dave Dunwoody concerning the candidate questionnaire the Chamber sent to candidates for Pensacola Mayor, Escambia County Commission and Pensacola City Council.
You can find the interview here.
University of West Florida President Dr. Martha Saunders provides updates on the latest happenings at UWF on this Toddcast. Hear about the progress being made in the classroom and on the athletic fields at UWF. Go Argos!
The Escambia County Commission unanimously voted to put the question of whether Escambia County should have an appointed school superintendent on the November general election ballot.
The Escambia County School Board approved a resolution calling for the county commission to put this item on the ballot during their April board meeting. School superintendent Malcolm Thomas said at the meeting that 2018 would be the proper time to decide the issue since he is not running for re-election in 2020.
Should the referendum pass in November, then the school board will have two years to find an appointed superintendent. Should the resolution fail then the position will remain an elected post and the election for school superintendent will be on the 2020 ballot.
At the morning's agenda review, Escambia County Commission Chairman Jeff Bergosh spoke in favor of the proposal.
When local candidate qualifying ended at noon on Friday, June 22nd six candidates qualified to run for Mayor of Pensacola, seven candidates qualified to run for Escambia County Commission, District 4 and three candidates qualified for Escambia County Commission, District 2.
These are just three of the high-profile races that local voters will have the opportunity to vote on during the August 28th primary. Candidates also qualified for Pensacola City Council Districts 4 and 6, Escambia County School Board Districts 1, 2 and 3 and Escambia County Utilities Authority Districts 2 and 4. District 2 City Council member Sherri Myers was re-elected as no one qualified to run against her.
Local voters will also have the opportunity to cast their votes for Escambia County Court Judge, Escambia County Soil and Water Conservation District and Town of Century City Council.
You can find the full list of qualified candidates here.
In the ongoing effort to increase public awareness about where candidates for local office stand on issues important to the business community, the Greater Pensacola Chamber today released its candidate questionnaire to candidates running for Escambia County Commission, Pensacola Mayor and Pensacola City Council.
“Part of our new mission at the Chamber is to educate local voters about where the candidates stand on issues that are important to the business community,” said Greater Pensacola Chamber Chairman Steve Moorhead. “These surveys cover a wide array of issues and will allow the candidates the opportunity to explain their vision for our city and county.”
Candidates will have until Monday, July 9th to fill out and return their surveys. Once the survey answers are compiled, the Greater Pensacola Chamber will release the survey responses to the public.
The latest Triumph Gulf Coast board meeting was hosted in Pensacola at the Escambia County Commission chambers. There were a number of items related to Escambia County that were discussed during the meeting.
First, Triumph staff gave an update on the negotiations with the Escambia County School District on the workforce development project approved at the previous Triumph meeting. Staff indicated that the negotiations are ongoing but one sticking point is the claw back provision that is necessary in all Triumph requests. The hope is that the school district and Triumph staff will be able to work out the details and have a proposal for approval at the next Triumph board meeting. The Escambia County School District workforce development project focuses on key industries such as aviation repair, cybersecurity and manufacturing.
The Triumph board also had in-depth discussions about two project areas: the oyster industry and sports facilities. There are number of submitted projects in each of these areas and the board felt that they need additional input from experts to help analyze these proposals. To help study these proposals, the board voted to form an oyster industry subcommittee and a sports facility subcommittee to bring in subject matter experts and have them provide presentations to the subcommittees. The subcommittees will then provide recommendations to the full board on how to proceed. Board members Jason Shoaf and Stephen Riggs will serve on the oyster industry subcommittee and board members Benjamin Lee and Allan Sense will serve on the sports facility subcommittee and Triumph board chairman Don Gaetz will serve on both subcommittees.
Finally, the board discussed the Pensacola Airport’s Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) project. This project would expand on the recently opened ST-Aerospace hangar at the Pensacola Airport which will bring 400 jobs to Pensacola. The expanded proposal would create a campus facility at the airport and bring another 1,400 jobs to our community. Chairman Gaetz stated that this project might be the “white whale” that the board has been looking for in terms of bring quality jobs. Dr. Rick Harper explained the potential benefits of the approving the project with the quality, high-paying jobs that would come with the project. The project also fits with the Escambia County School District’s workforce development proposal’s focus on aviation maintenance.
Both Harper and Gaetz did state that there are significant issues with the funding request associated with the current proposal. Board member Stan Connally followed up on Gaetz’s comments asking how quickly the issues with the proposal could be worked out and be ready for board review. Harper replied that a number of the issues have been worked out and that it should be within months. Connally stated that he was ready to see have this project in front of the board sooner than later because of the great potential that the project provides. Chair Gaetz then followed up that all parties will need to work together to close the current funding gaps.
On the latest Toddcast, Todd talks to Democrat consultant to the stars Steve Schale. Steve shares his perspectives on the 2018 election season and how the “Trump effect” might impact what happens in Florida.
The Toddcast from Tallahassee continues with 2018 election insights from Republican political consultant (and Toddcast mentor) Randy Enwright. Randy provides his thoughts on the fluid political situation in Florida as we head toward the August primary elections. He also has some cool political stories that you will want to hear!
The first Toddcast from Tallahassee is available! In the latest Toddcast, Chamber VP of Public Affairs Todd Thomson talks to James Madison Institute President Dr. Bob McClure about their role as a leading Florida think tank. Dr. McClure explains how the James Madison Institute works with Florida legislators to advance their ideals. Listen now!