Hey, Florida! Keep the sun shining in the sunshine state and vote for some eco-friendly Congress candidates this primary election. To learn more about Sustainable Politician Project, read our full intro here.
Voting in Florida
Florida has closed primaries. This means that you must be registered with a political party in order to vote for the party of your choice on August 28. The candidates with the most votes move onto the general election in November.
Things on the ballot this year: US Senate, US House, governor, attorney general, state executive offices, state senate, state house, special state legislative, supreme court, appellate courts, local judges, state ballot measures, local ballot measures, school boards, and municipal government.
- Incumbent since 2001
- Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure
Bill’s history as your senator shows his commitment to sustainability in many important areas, ranging from energy to ecosystem conservation. Let’s start with Florida’s coasts. As your coastal ecosystems continue to recover from the BP oil spill damage, Bill has worked towards repairing this damage, especially with the RESTORE Act. This legislature would hold BP accountable for oil spill damage and force the corporation to pay the majority of the costs for repair. Additionally, Bill supported a law that prohibits offshore drilling in Florida’s Gulf Coasts up until 2027. This keeps the coasts safe from offshore drilling for at least nine more years. He’s also working towards bills that help Florida’s coastal communities deal with the negative effects of climate change, such as a sea level rise that causes floods.
In other parts of Florida, Bill is working on ways to conserve native habitats and preserve your natural resources, starting with the Everglades. He voted yes on a bill that passed in the Senate, titled the Water Resources Development Act. This bill would aid efforts to restore the Everglades and grow the natural collection of water in the glades. He’s also supported efforts to help protect native species against invasive lakes and grow the oyster population.
Lastly, Bill has consistently supported proposals to fund different renewable energy developments and projects intended to gather scientific data that supports and helps better our understanding of climate change.
Other Senator Candidates:
- Roque De La Fuente (R) – Also running in Delaware, Hawaii, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming.
- Rick Scott (R) – A political courage test from 2010 shows Rick’s support for scientific-based climate change solutions and an “all of the above” energy portfolio (source).
- Joe Wendt (Libertarian)
U.S. House of Representatives
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