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Dave Miner, School Board, District 3
Who do you trust to best serve you? For school board on the Nov. 8 ballot, voters can choose between school board member Dave “Watchdog” Miner and King Engineering land development planner Misty Servia.
Land developers in Manatee County have for years exercised great influence on the choice of our elected public officials as well as on the conduct of the officials between elections. They expect public officials whom they have supported — as well as the many with whom they do business — to also support and endorse their election choices. This is evident in this school board race.
The developers’ choice is clear. They don’t want Dave “Watchdog” Miner on your school board. Why? Because too many times Dave “Watchdog” Miner has made it clear that he is on the side of the students, teachers and basically the rest of the community when issues arise involving developers. Three examples: 1) In June 2013 Miner — alone — voted to end the moratorium on collection of impact fees from developers; 2) In April, 2014, Miner led the fight against developers wanting to destroy McKelvey Park and likely turning it into another strip mall on Manatee Avenue; 3) Miner led the fight to repeal the 50 percent developer impact fee discount if voters approved extension of the half-penny sales tax for school capital needs.
How have developers shown their support? 1) The public records reflect that nearly $50,000 (over three quarters) of Ms. Servia’s campaign donations have come from developers and those associated with their businesses; and 2) Ms. Servia’s endorsements largely come from those doing business with developers or have otherwise received their support.
The developers trust Ms. Servia to serve them. Who do you trust to best serve you?