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Politics Notebook: Some tip spenders mislaid primary races

Politics Notebook: Some tip spenders mislaid primary races

Spending a many income didn’t interpret into feat for some internal possibilities who were on a Aug. 26 primary ballot.

For example:

• Michael Hartman spent a many in a Republican primary in Brevard County Commission District 2. He finished second in a four-candidate primary, behind Jim Barfield.

• Greg Jones spent a many in a Republican primary in Brevard County Commission District 4. He finished second in a seven-candidate primary, trailing Curt Smith.

• Minerva Simpson outspent obligatory Michelle Vitt Baker in a inactive Brevard County decider choosing in Group 3, though lost.

• Paul Chanaris outspent Misty Belford in a inactive Brevard School Board choosing in District 1, though lost.

Dave Berman,


Port Canaveral CEO meets with U.S. commerce secretary

Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer John Walsh was among pier officials and business leaders that met Thursday with Obama administration officials in Washington, D.C., to speak trade issues.

In a prepared statement, Walsh said: “If a United States is to be a personality in a tellurian economy, it contingency assistance companies, vast and small, in their ability to trade and rise ties with companies in other nations. It was good to have a event to brief a Obama administration on ways they can support Brevard County and a whole Central Florida segment with trade activities.”

Walsh has done expanding load operations one of his tip priorities during Port Canaveral.

Walsh represented a Florida Ports Council during a meeting, along with Steve Cernak of Port Everglades and Paul Anderson of Port Tampa Bay

Theymet with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and other comparison administration officials to brief them on how general trade process affects their businesses and communities.

During a roundtable orderly by a White House Business Council and Business Forward, a contention focused on a significance of exporting for inhabitant mercantile growth, as good as ways that supervision and businesses can improved work together to assistance American companies strech some-more general markets.

They also discussed tentative general trade agreements and appropriation of a Export-Import Bank.

In a statement, Froman said: “President Obama’s series one priority is expanding mercantile event for all Americans, and trade is a essential partial of that effort. By assisting a businesses sell some-more exports abroad, United States trade process can clear opportunity, support well-paying jobs and strengthen a center class.”

Dave Berman,


School taxation forum

FLORIDA TODAY and Eastern Florida State College will horde a roundtable contention on a due half-cent sales taxation for schools Tuesday, Sept. 16.

FLORIDA TODAY’S Matt Reed will assuage an hour-long row contention featuring:

Adrian Laffitte, conduct of a Brevard Save Our Students cabinet that is campaigning for a tax.

Richard Smith, boss of a Brevard Federation of Teachers, who can speak about impacts on instruction and classrooms.

Monique Miller, former Republican Senate claimant and member of a Brevard Conservative Coalition, who is vicious of a tax.

Franck Kaiser, authority of Business Voice for Brevard, a PAC launched by a Melbourne Regional Chamber. Business interests are separate on a tax, and Kaiser can offer that perspective.

The discussion, that is co-sponsored by Space Coast Tiger Bay, will flog off during 7 p.m. during a Simpkins Fine Arts Center on a college’s Cocoa Campus. It will be televised live on WEFS-TV ( Bright House channels 9 and 1068, DirecTV and ATT Uverse channel 68 and Comcast channel 381).

John McCarthy,


County Commission District 2 forum is Oct. 23

The North Merritt Island Homeowners Association and a League of Women Voters of a Space Coast are collaborating on a forum for possibilities for Brevard County commissioner in District 2.

The forum will embody Republican Jim Barfield, Libertarian J.J. McCurry and no celebration connection claimant Jack Smink.

It will be hold from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23 during Calvary Chapel, 3500 N. Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island.

Forum coordinator Mary Hillberg said, for a past several months, questions have been collected from inaugurated officials, county staff, professionals in mixed areas and District 2 residents.

Area residents with a concern, thought or question, can contention them with their name and residence to by Oct. 1. In addition, those attending can contention created questions during a forum.

District 2 includes Merritt Island, a Cape Canaveral-Cocoa Beach area and portions of Cocoa and Rockledge. Kennedy Space Center, Patrick Air Force Base and Port Canaveral are within a district.

Incumbent District 2 Commissioner Chuck Nelson can't find re-election since of tenure limits.

Dave Berman,



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