Letters to the Editor

Herald debate shows Terri Wonder worthy of vote for Manatee County commissioner

I just finished watching the debate for Manatee County Commissioner At Large, sponsored by the Bradenton Herald. After listening to incumbent Carol Whitmore and her challenger, Terri Wonder, I believe it is time for a change.

Over the years our Manatee County commission has increasing favored developers at the expense of our environment and our citizens' welfare.

Florida, and Manatee County in particular, have an extremely sensitive ecology, more than other parts of the nation. Without protecting the balance between development and our ecology, we put tourism, our economy, and our very health and wellbeing at risk.

Terri Wonder would serve on the commission as an urgently needed watchdog for such issues.

Wonder has proven herself to be a competent and enthusiastic leader in addressing Manatee's environmental issues through her active participation in the public discussion over Long Bar Pointe.

In addition, she has pointed out problems such as a proposed injection well for waste disposal at Port Manatee, poor practices by the phosphate industry, and a lack of transparency of the commission in its dealing with developers.

I was disappointed, during the debate, when Whitmore attacked Wonder, saying, "My opponent has registered to vote in 2012 and has only voted in two elections."

After growing up and voting in the Bradenton-Sarasota area, Wonder served with the U.S. Army as a Civilian social scientist. Living in several other localities (including two deployments in Iraq), she voted regularly, often by absentee ballot.

Wonder's valuable experience in solving social and environmental problems with the military earned her a Civilian Service Award in 2010 by the commanding general of U.S. forces in Iraq.

Terri Wonder's intelligence, enthusiasm, and environmental sensitivity would serve our community well as a Manatee County commissioner. She deserves our vote.

You might want to visit: www.terriwonderforcommissioner.com.

James Frazier