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Terri Wonder, Manatee County Commission, District 6 candidate, rebuttal to Herald endorsement

I'm Terri Wonder and I am committed to representing all of the people of Manatee County as Commissioner At-Large, District 6. As a second-generation Floridian who loves Old Florida, I know that we cannot continue unrestrained approval of large developments with no thought to the devastation of existing neighborhoods, small businesses, farms, and the county's budget. Unlike my opponent, I will fight the sprawl that creates urban blight. I will work tirelessly to make all neighborhoods family-friendly, healthy and safe.

We cannot build a deep injection well that risks poisoning our aquifer and bays. Our vital fishing, recreational water sports, and tourism industries depend on clean water. As your commissioner, I will work hard to keep Manatee County a beautiful place to live, work, and play. Unlike my opponent, I recognize that wetlands, mangroves, seagrass, rivers, lakes, and other natural resources are priceless assets that sustain agriculture, tourism, and our quality of life.

I will not use tax dollars for corporate welfare, giveaways to large campaign donors, or pork barrel projects. Unlike my opponent, I will not vote for gigantic raises for highly paid top officials while county and port workers receive little or no raises and furloughs.

No Kill should be a reality, not a campaign slogan. The torturing and killing of healthy and treatable dogs and cats by Animal Services must stop. Unlike my opponent, I will not abdicate my responsibility as a commissioner. I have a voice, and I will use it.

I will cast my votes in favor of all Manatee County citizens, not just the privileged few. Unlike my opponent, I am not financed by developers and polluters who expect to be repaid with approval of large developments and projects that devastate surrounding neighborhoods, wetlands, and coastal areas. I worked hard to save the mangroves, seagrass, wetlands, and fish nursery on and near Long Bar Pointe from destruction.

I am committed to fighting for what is right. I served our country as a U.S. Army Civilian deployed with combat personnel during two tours in Iraq. With your help, I will serve our county with the same dedication.

Terri Wonder, Candidate for Manatee County Commissioner, District 6.