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As a proud American ex-pat living in beautiful Vancouver, BC, I have done my part to continue participating in the American democratic process. I received my Orange County, FL absentee ballot today but since I long gave up on the Orlando Slantinel, I don't have a clear idea of which candidates are the most progressive.

If any Orange County residents could give me a heads up, I'd appreciate it.

Let's start with senator:

Glenn Burkett
Maurice Ferre
Jeff Greene
Kendrick Meek


Alex Sink
Brian Moore

Atty. General

Dave Aronberg
Dan Gelber

Circuit Judge 9, Group 6

Shayan Elahi
Rand Wallis

School Board Chair

Homer Hartage
Leona Rachman
Bill Sublette

County Mayor

Matthew Falconer
Teresa Jacobs
Bill Segal
Linda Stewart

Count Commissioner District 6

Bruce Antone
David Rucker
Tiffany Russell

Thanks everyone!

Originally posted to Andre29BC on Thu Jul 15, 2010 at 01:13 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    Hello from Vancouver, B.C.

    by Andre29BC on Thu Jul 15, 2010 at 01:13:07 PM PDT

  •  My suggestions (I live in Metrowest, btw) (0+ / 0-)

    Let's start with senator:

    Glenn Burkett
    Maurice Ferre
    Jeff Greene
    Kendrick Meek

    Meek is the most progressive on the list. Jeff Greene is a carpetbagger from California who was a Republican up until last year, and showed up in Florida with his oily smile and big private funds to run as a Democrat, which would be laughable if it weren't scary.

    Ferre and Burkett are nobodies and have even less of a chance then Meek in winning in the general.

    Of the four Meek is the best choice, but he is polling dismally against Crist and Rubio.


    Alex Sink
    Brian Moore

    Alex Sink, hands down. Brian Moore also doesn't have any name recognition whatsoever. Alex, at least, has a decent enough chance against McCollum in the polls, although Chiles is hurting her now.

    Atty. General

    Dave Aronberg
    Dan Gelber

    Tough one. Aronberg is being a whiny cry baby right now, blasting Gelber as being a lawyer for BP, except that Gelber is not. His law firm only just recently picked up BP as a client. Another blog talks more about the pissing match that has resulted.

    Not saying Gelber is clean or a good choice, but right now Aronberg is rubbing me the wrong way, so I'm leaning towards Gelber myself.

    Here's an article about Gelber and Aronber's pissing match over sex offender laws. Take that as you will.

    I haven't yet caught up with info on all the other candidates you asked about, although I am leaning towards Linda Stewart for Mayor, but I get a lot of political ads and campaign mailers from her, and that's all I really know about her. I have to sit down and do some serious research about her and all the other offices and candidates before I make final decisions about any of them.

    Hope that helps.

    I am jealous that you live in Vancouver. That's my dream, to live there someday. My best friend lives there, and I've visited several times, and I'm soo in love with that place.

    •  Thank you! (0+ / 0-)

      Thank you so much! I lived right around the corner from Metrowest for nearly 6 years. I have to admit, there is very little I miss about Orlando. Vancouver is just a splendid place to live. The day I got my provincial health care card was a day I'll never forget.

      Drop me a line, I'll buy you a good Canadian beer your next time here.

      Thanks again!

      Hello from Vancouver, B.C.

      by Andre29BC on Thu Jul 15, 2010 at 01:54:44 PM PDT

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      •  Yeah (0+ / 0-)

        I estimate that in 3-5 years I should be out of Florida. Orlando is okay, I think it's the best of all possible cities here in Florida, but that's not saying much either.

        I would love to be Canadian, but I don't think that will be possible for me. So my significant other and I are looking at Oregon or Washington in 3-5 years time, so I can at least be within driving distance of Vancouver. :)

        I will have to let you know next time I am there. I was just there in May, so another trip will have to wait a while, due to the economy.

  •  I will vote for Christ (0+ / 0-)

    he has proven to be fair and respectful of people's rights. I know he was a republican, but Robert Wexler, my favorite congressman, said he was a person he could work with. I have the greatest respect for Wexler, so I take his word for it.

    The dems did the same as before Dr. Dean... abandon the dems in Florida. Green sucks... he became a millionaire stealing from homeowners with his subprime loans... that is what I have heard.

  •  Homer Hartage for School Board Chair (0+ / 0-)

    The School Board Chair race is an interesting one.  It is a new position that was approved by voters in the last election.  The creation of the position was controversial, but now that it is created, we have to elect someone that knows what they are doing.

    You want to vote for Homer Hartage for this one.  Homer was an Orange County Commissioner for 8 years until he reached the term limit.  Orange County Public Schools is the 10th largest school district in the United States of America.  They handle a lot of money and we need someone who isn't going to raid the treasury, so to speak.  Also, Homer is the lone democrat in the race.  The other two candidates are republicans.

    Bill Sublette is the candidate who is going to raid the treasury.  He's a Republican and funded by the same guys that push the FCAT, school vouchers and merit pay.  His funders want the OCPS construction dollars to go their way.  If he wins, the focus of the schools won't be books, it will be concrete.

    Liona Rachman is a teacher.  She means well and has the passion we want, but doesn't have the management experience this position requires.  She's also a republican.  I would probably support her if she runs for school board, not school board chair, in the next election.  Our kids deserve someone with her energy and her passion, but she's not ready to steer the tiller.

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