MY BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE
Having lived here for 32 years, I am proud to consider myself a full-fledged Floridian. I moved to Sarasota in 1984 to begin my public service career in Manatee County's Planning Department. As a Comprehensive Planner, I assisted in formulation of the County's very first Comprehensive Plan, required by the state under the newly-enacted Local Government Comprehensive Planning and Land Development Regulation Act. I also reviewed proposed developments for their environmental impacts, as well as drafting and administering Community Development Block Grants for sewer and water service. My strong interest in environmental protection led to promotion to the position of Environmental Services Coordinator for Manatee County; this function evolved into the Environmental Management Department, dealing with air quality, water quality, hazardous materials management, natural habitat protection and mining regulation. As Director of Environmental Management, I supervised a staff of 25+ and administered a budget in excess of $2M, from 1992 until my retirement in 2008.
Prior to coming to Florida, I was an environmental consultant/policy analyst in my hometown, Washington, D.C. My most recent work there was assisting the EPA with nationwide implementation of the Clean Water Act.
Why I'm Running...
With my 25 years of experience in County Government I feel I have a lot to contribute to a discussion of how to make government more effective and more responsive to the people.
Keep the CRB Elected
I support an Elected Charter Review Board. We need to keep government accountable to the people!
Single Member Districts
It's time to take another look at how we elect our County Commissioners. Two Commissioners were elected without opposition this year. For democracy to work, we need to have a choice, rather than one party rule.
Advocate for Sustainable Growth
Traffic congestion and negative environmental impacts reduce our quality of life. How do we ensure decisions are being made in the public interest? Is there a role for the Charter in strengthening environmental protection in the County? I would like to further explore this issue with citizens.
Have any questions about the campaign? Feel free to reach out to me.
I'm running a grass-roots campaign (you might say "shoestring"), with no deep-pocket donors. Donations from individuals or businesses are capped by law at $200/per. Anything you can donate will be greatly appreciated!
Checks can be made out to Karen M. Collins-Fleming and sent to POB 5591, Sarasota, FL 34239 OR via PayPal - just clock on the yellow "Donate" button.
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