Candidates for the 2020 Election Cycle
NOTE: I am writing this for both the Primary and the General election, so remember that as you peruse the endorsements. If they are not going to get into office because it's default without any opponents, I don't have to worry about telling you whom I endorse, but for those who will face anyone in the General Election, I do an endorsement if I have one. Understand? Also, I am not a dumboRAT so I only give endorsements and reviews to Republican candidates. You will probably never see a dumboRAT endorsed here, but ya' never know. GOD works in mysterious ways, but it would probably burn my fingers as I typed it!
Federal and State Officers:
President/Vice President of the United States of America: Pres. Donald J. Trump and VP Mike Pence get my endorsement, of course.
United States Representative (Brevard County) District 8: Bill Posey (R: Incumbent) gets my endorsement of course. He has done a great job and he's very similar to what I want in a Representative. He may not be exactly the same as my beliefs in absolutely everything (I don't, for instance, know his beliefs and thoughts on discipline in public schools), but he has done a great job in everything I do know.
State Attorney (Brevard County) Circuit 18: Incumbent, Phil Archer is unopposed.
Public Defender (Brevard County) Circuit 18: Blaise Trettis is unopposed.
State Senator (Brevard County) District 17: Debbie Mayfield (R) gets my endorsement. She has two opponents, a democrat and a "No Party Affiliation" candidate who seems to be a "spoiler" trying to draw votes from one or the other of the other parties (not sure which, but probably the Republican.
State Representative (Brevard County) ENDORSEMENTS:
Shall the following justices be retained in office?:
State Committeewoman:   I'm having a difficult time finding information on the candidates for this office. There isn't much out there, so I will abstain from endorsing either of them.
State Committeeman:   I'm having a difficult time finding information on the candidates for this office. There isn't much out there, so I will abstain from endorsing either of them.
Amendment 1: Citizenship Requirement to Vote in Florida Elections: Vote YES! If you are not a citizen of the United States of America, you have NO RIGHT to vote in our elections, to vote to impose taxes upon the rest of us to support themselves, or to vote to make us pay for their welfare, housing, hospital bills to be paid by U.S. citizens, etc. If you are NOT A CITIZEN, you shouldn't have the right to vote in America!
Amendment 2: Raising Florida's Minimum Wage: VOTE NO! We know that it always sounds like it's a "sweet", "nice" thing to do, but it always -- ALWAYS -- has unintended consequences. Florida Taxwatch found that "while intended to create winners, it creates many more unintended losers, creating the potential for detrimental effects on taxpayers, small business, and low-skill workers". There are states that have done so, and there are many who will pay a heavy price. According to FORBES:
"Raising the minimum wage has a number of serious and negative unintended consequences. Employers, especially small family and midsize businesses, will be disproportionately hurt by the extra costs incurred. The local neighborhood stores and businesses with razor-thin profits will be forced to raise prices to make up for the addition labor costs. With the increased prices, customers may elect to take their business elsewhere. Losing customers means losing income, which could result in the business having to layoff workers."A government set minimum wage is actually unbiblical. If you look at the Bible as a guide, Matthew 20 gives us the lesson of a worker who started late in the day compared to the worker who started at daybreak and they both got the same wage -- and here is the important part -- because that is what both the employer and the employee agreed to! The government had no part in the negotiations and they were both happy. Don't get your panties in a twist because you think that the worker who worked all day was messed over, he agreed to that pay and was satisfied with it until he got jealous. Don't let jealousy ruin Florida's ability to pay people whatever employees and employers agree to. Fifteen dollars an our is (at best) a feel good proposition, but what happens when they say that's not enough and it must move up to $25 hourly, or $50? Will you support that to feel good? Will you be able to eat out, buy groceries (grocery stores have a lot of employees), or hire someone to fix your lawn mower? Also, this was heavily funded by morgan and morgan's john morgan, who, IMHO, wants to someday be prezidunce and is campaigning in Florida via pushing this and the marijuana thing idiots passed last election. That by itself is reason enough to VOTE NO ON AMENDMENT 2!
Amendment 3: All Voters Vote in Primary ELections for State Legislature, Governor and Cabinet: VOTE NO!   I say this because Florida was set up as a closed primary and if you want to vote in the Republican primary, register as a Republican in time to do so: I did. If you want to vote in the dumboRAT primary, change your registration to dumboRAT in time to do so! It's not rocket science! Just change your registration in time to vote in the primary and you're cherry. That's all it takes, not a Constitutional Amendment. VOTE NO!
Amendment 4: Voter Approval of Constitutional Amendments:   It would make changes to the Florida Constitution be approved by the voters TWICE. I like that. I remember the "pregnant pigs" debacle which put pigs in Florida's Constitution! (Can you imagine?) It's time to take control of the amendment process and stop the nonsense pushes. VOTE NO ON AMENDMENT 4!
Amendment 5: Limitations on Homestead Property Tax Assessments: Increased portability period to transfer accrued benefit:   Simply put increases the number of years to three from two for using your Homestead Exemption to another property. VOTE YES ON AMENDMENT 5. I don't have a problem with that.
Amendment 6: Ad Valorem Tax Discount for Spouses of Certain Deceased Veterans Who Had Permanent, Combat-Related Disabilities:   Means that a surviving spouse of a combat veteran who has died and has had combate-related injuries, would get a discount on -- just a discount, not a dismissal of -- ad valorem taxes. Ad valorem taxes are taxes on real property:
"'based on value,' which applies to property taxes based on a percentage of the county's assessment of the property's value. The assessed value is the standard basis for local real property taxes,"So spouses would be receiving a DEDUCTION in their taxes until they sold the property or remarried. I don't think that's a horrible thing, although others may. I think that taxes are too high as it is, and for them to have lost their loved one who died defending our land, our freedom, our opportunities to find a spouse and get married even, I have no problem with this idea. It's time to truly thank those who truly sacrifice. Agree? VOTE YES ON AMENDMENT 6!
School Board Referendum:
Half-cent sales surtax extension for criticial school facility, security, and technology upgrades:   I say a strong, emphatic, VOTE NO! on this tax increase. We don't need to have our kids out of schools for months, then have a lot of them CURRENTLY HOMESCHOOLED, some distance learning and teachers haviing half of the kids in their classes that they used to have? Is that what's going on here? We don't need to RAISE TAXES to pay teachers more, to build more classes (stop immigration and you'll have enough classrooms); don't increase security, increase the ability for the school to enforce the rules and discipline the students under their tutelage! Put GOD back in our schools and make standing for the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag a daily, mandatory occurrence and for those who don't want to participate, don't kick them out or suspend them, make them stay longer, come to school on weekends and play them David Barton videos non-stop for weeks on end so that even if they aren't paying attention they'll at least learn something via subliminal absorption! That's how to teach kids how to be obedient: don't kick them out of school for days, weeks, or forever; make them go LONGER! That way they behave the first time through and get out of there instead of staying longer! "C'mon, man!" (to quote Uncle Sniffy Bumbletongue) you have to be smarter than the kids if you're going to teach them and if you kick them to the curb because they're disruptive, they're going to be disruptive! Put them in detention in a seperate classroom, play David Barton videos about American history and what a great country America is, and they'll want to behave! For technology upgrades we don't have to spend a bunch of money. Teach the old fashioned way so that kids have to have school books and they have to physically hold them and tell them that if they destroy them, mark them all up, or otherwise damage them, they have to payf ro them or work the cost off over the summer via working on the school's property pulling weeds, painting walls, or sorting nameless paperwork until the cost of the book has been worked off. That's how to teach kids! Don't play their game. Be the adult, not their friend! VOTE NO - Against the Half-Cent Tax!
Circuit Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, Group 15:   I give my endorsement to Tesha Scolaro Ballou.
Circut Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, Group 18:   I give my endorsement to Michael Peacock because of his answers here.
Circuit Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, Group 21:   I give my endorsement to Marc Jones. The reason I do so is because of the answer his opponent gave:
"Cases addressing racial discrimination and sex-based discrimination continue to be a driving force in the legal climate of our country. Batson v. Kentucky (1986) and Taylor v. Louisiana (1975) are among those cases. Batson made it unconstitutional to systematically exclude jurors from service based on race, while Taylor made it unconstitutional to exclude women from jury service on the basis that the woman had not previously registered for jury service. Equal justice requires equality."To me, that sounds more like a leftist than someone I want to endorse. What thinks you?
Circuit Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, Group 25:   I give my endorsement to Oscar Hotusing. The reason is because there are people who support his opponent whom I have knowledge of and if those people are supporting his opponent, that speaks volumes to me! Oscar Hotusing gets my endorsement.
Sheriff:   Sheriff Wayne Ivey gets my endorsement. He has done a good job, even though places like Florida Today are using a case to create doubts and write against Sheriff Ivey's character and department. Every article I see about a certain case that got a lot of publicity is written directly to one side: Sheriff Ivey is bad and his department is corrupt. That's not unbiased writing, it's just another case of the left siding against law enforcement and against anyone who disagrees with them. Look at it this way: What happens if Sheriff Ivey loses to his opponent? With terminology like
"We strive to zealously defend it [the Constitution] and its abuses, especially as it relates to our clients. We leave no stone unturned in our search, and in our fight for justice and equality."I must question his goal: "defend it and its abuses"? Really? He wants to defend the abuses? Really? Sheriff Ivey does not want that. He wants to STOP abuses of the U.S. Constitution. He stands up for our 2nd Amendment RIGHT to "keep and bear arms". We have the right to Free Speech and to "peaceably assemble", in order for the U.S. Constitution to be abused, the rights that are delineated within the U.S. Constitution would have to be taken away from us, would they not? That is what Sheriff Ivey's opponent wants to defend! Is this just a misspeak, a faux pas, or is this what his opponent wants? It is what he wrote on his website! I cannot support or endorse that.
Clerk of the Circuit Court:
Rachel M. Sadoff (REP) Ran unopposed after her previous opponent did not qualify, so she will be the new Clerk of the Circuit Court.
Dana Blickley (REP) is unopposed so she is the Property Appraiser again.
Lisa Cullen (REP) is unopposed so she is again the Tax Collector (unfortunately).
Supervisor of Elections
Lori Scott (WRI) is unopposed so she is the incumbent and will be the Supervisor of Elections again. That's good.
County Commission, District 1
Rita Pritchett (REP) has a Democrat opponent, Dwight Seigler (DEM), who has presumably signed the Democrat Party's oath to the party's platform. That's still something they have to do, right? Have you looked at the party platform for yourself? Is this the party you believe in as the best for Brevard County's District 1? The DNC Party Platform is seen as an anti-white screed. How about this? Do you believe, as is stated in the democrat party platform, that
"The application of the death penalty is arbitrary and unjust."?Do you believe that? What about a murderer like John Wayne Gacy? Was his death penalty "unjust"? How about Jeffrey Dahmer? Was his death penalty "unjust"? Is this what you believe? Or how about
"[W]e continue to fight for comprehensive immigration reform, we will defend and implement President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans executive actions to help DREAMers, parents of citizens, and lawful permanent residents avoid deportation. We will build on these actions to provide relief for others, such as parents of DREAMers. We will support efforts by states to make DREAMers eligible for driver’s licenses and in-state college tuition. We will invest in culturally-appropriate immigrant integration services, expand access to English language education, and promote naturalization to help the millions of people who are eligible for citizenship take that last step."?This is why I have to -- with a scowl on my face -- unfortunately I must endorse Rita Pritchett. I don't think she has kept her word, nor do I believe she has a TRUE CONSERVATIVE spirit. She needs to be more Conservative, as I thought she would be when I endorsed her four years ago. EVERY DEMOCRAT RUNNING HAS HAD TO SIGN THE PARTY PLATFORM, confirming they agree to their platform. Is that what you want?
County Commission, District 3
This office has quite a few candidates. It started with five, but one has withdrawn so the remaining candidates are
I have no problem at all endorsing John Tobia because of his background and because of this line:
"[H]e has no problem when he has to 'look people in the face and tell them 'no,' if something involves a tax increase."I LOVE that!
County Commission, District 5
There are two candidates here, the incumbent, Kristine Isnardi (REP), and William Capote (DEM), who has signed the party platform, and who is the current Palm Bay Mayor. who voted to legalize marijuana in Palm Bay so there's that. Now to Kristine Isnardi; and not just her, but her husband's current "situation" in which he has been /charged with (not found guilty of) "racketeering, conspiracy to commit extortion and conspiracy to possess controlled substances including oxycodone". I cannot hold her responsible for something her husband may have done (It is not yet proven.), but I can wonder about IF he has done the things he is alleged to have done, then did she know and if so, what was her responsibility to the people of her district? Should she have turned him in, IF he's guilty? IF he is INNOCENT, then why would anyone expect her to have done anything except support him? The dilemma for me, is do I endorse her because she's a Republican and that's usually a good thing? Or do I NOT endorse her because her husband MIGHT BE guilty of doing something wrong that she may or may not have known about? The thing that I wonder about is how do I separate the two possibilities of endorsing someone who MAY HAVE condoned wrong, and someone who had no idea about the POSSIBLE wrong and is just as much an innocent victim of her husband's POSSIBLE wrong? What would you do? Would you vote for her because she is allegedly more Conservative, or do you endorse the democrat who signed the party platform and is therefore, pro-abortion? I think I must default to YOUR CHOICE HERE. I cannot take the chance of endorsing someone here. I am so sorry for the people of District 5 that those are the choices.
Canaveral Port Authority, District 2
Micah Loyd (REP) is Unopposed, so that's who it's going to be.
Canaveral Port Authority, District 4
Paul "Coach" Kellem (DEM) is a longshoreman and union member. He wants to
"work toward more strategic spending at the Port, investments in our environment and ecosystem, expanding tourism at the Port, and attracting quality high-paying jobs to Brevard for our local and union workforce."Hm. I didn't know that there wasn't "strategic spending at the Port". Learn something new daily. His website says he wants to
"support the cruise and cargo ships with better infrastructure that will increase tourism, bring more jobs to the area, and lead the way in protecting our natural ecosystem."I don't understand how more cruise and cargo ships can be to protection of "our natural ecosystem", but I suppose it can be done. You can read more about his positions here.
Kevin P. Markey (REP) is an attorney practicing in Merritt Island, who covers a lot of specialties. He is a member in in good standing with the Florida Bar. You can read about his law practice here, and if you scroll down a bit, you can read about his first run for public office in Florida Toady [sic]. Port Canaveral has been making a lot of money off of cargo ships lately, so that will be a consideration in the winner's workings. His Facebook campaign page is here. I see nothing that would make me NOT want to endorse him and because he is a Republican, and therefore, did not sign anything dumboRAT, I give Kevin Markey my endorsement.
School Board, District 3
Tina Descovich I endorsed her in 2016, and I do so again this election. Her re-election website stinks, doesn't have much win the way of info on it (the Facebook page is good, but her TinaDesovitch.com is sorely lacking.
I prefer Tina Desovich to her opponent, Jennifer Jenkins, because I Ms Jenkins' website and I counted the "trigger words" and realized that I didn't want her to be elected. I can't imagine how small classes should be reduced to, in Ms Jenkins' opinion, but if my teachers when I was a kid could teach an average of 32 kids per class, then why can't today's teachers? I know that discipline in classrooms are sorely lacking today, but still. There's a problem with giving teachers problem children, taking away disciplinary possibilities and then saying that they can only handle ten kids per class because otherwise it's just too unruly. Focus on the ability to discipline the students and make them behave and then you can teach. That's the problem: no discipline of the ruly students which makes students willing to learn incapable of doing so because the undisciplined and unruly among them are taking all of the time, ruining the learning environment and intimidating the teachers. If students don't want to learn in a regular classroom, throw the unruly ones in juvenile detention with armed guards and handcuffs and see how they like learning that way. Maybe then they'd learn to behave in a regular classroom. Of course, with teachers not wanting to teach; smaller class sizes, fewer days for the teachers in the classroom, more "teacher work days" -- with no students there -- and demanding higher wages for less teaching, how can teachers complain about kids not wanting to learn?
School Board, District 4
Matt Susin gets my endorsement again this election. He got it back in 2016 and I think he's doing a good job. His website is worth reading and I think that you'll like what you see. I did.
His opponent, David Scott Worrells, answered the questionnaire he received from the Atheists of Florida and his answers don't make me want to vote for him. I'm not saying he's an atheist. I'm saying that his answers make me worry about what kind of schools he would turn out: no public education about religion, no discipline in school (or his home) and he doesn't believe in school vouchers for parents who want a better education for their children. Not a good fit, IMHO.
"Soil and Water" districts, there are no incumbents so the following are automatically going to serve:
County Court Judge:
City of Cocoa Mayor
Robert Harvey gets my endorsement because I'm Air Force and so is he, and because his opponent pushed the LIE. He not only pushed the LIE, but he hawked t-shirts that pushed the LIE (scroll down to the t-shirts) and I can't understand someone who works to push the victimization story and ignore the truth. When you hawk "I can't breathe" t-shirts as Cocoa Mayor, that's just wrong. George Floyd was HIGH ON DRUGS and he was having difficulties breathing BEFORE he was put to the ground. Read the entire M.E.'s report here. Why perpetuate the myth that George Floyd was murdered by a cop when Mr. Floyd was NOT murdered by a cop, he was having difficulties breathing before he was put to the ground. Yet, the Cocoa Mayor decided to push the narrative of an innocent black victim killed by the evil white cop. It DID NOT HAPPEN THAT WAY, but the COcoa Mayor decided to push the LIE. He will never get my endorsement.
Note:   The rest of the choices you can look into yourselves. Remember to look DEEP into the search results that you receive. You know that googley-woogley is hiding results of the Conservatives that are writing about politics and telling you the TRUTH, so don't think that the first two or three pages are going to be all there is. "FIND THE TRUTH!" about the rest of the candidates yourself. Use more search engines than googley-woogley, go to the candidate's facebook pages, find out about their memberships, obsure questionnaires they have answered (Atheists of Florida?), find out about their arrests via checking the Brevard County Court record search (they've changed it since I last checked this and made it a little more difficult to use), the Clerk of Courts Official Records page will be able to tell you about whether they are going through bankruptcy or anything similar, and the Brevard County Tax Collector's search page will tell you where they live, what kind of property they have, etc. "FIND THE TRUTH!" when it comes to the candidates. It's important because these are the people who will decide the path forward for everything from the political party you belong to, to the president of the United States of America.
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