Government is local and politics is really ISSUES BASED!
THANKS for your votes!!! On November 2nd, 2010, I WON WITH 82,404 VOTES AT 37.74% OF THE TOTAL VOTES CAST!I spent less than $300 for my campaign!
On that Oil Spill... The call went out to create an event for HANDS ACROSS THE SAND in October of 2009. The first event and a statewide initiative on February 13th of 2010 was to hopefully increase awareness and get media coverage about the issue of drilling in the Gulf of Mexico before legislation lifting the current ban could be voted on and approved. Everything we noted on that day that could happen--has happened. Lifting the ban would allow oil platforms within 3 miles of our beaches. April 20th, 2010 changed everything! We had a second Hands Across the Sand event on June 26th, 2010 that went GLOBAL. And then a third event on June 25th, 2011. The next event will be on August 4rth, 2012.
The local citizens here in Tampa Bay that still agree with the drilling are simply responding to the slick advertising campaigns by BP that inundate our TV programming during prime time hours. The long term affects to our environment, wildlife and beaches will be huge not to mention the human impact, the toxic effects and medical/health ramifications. Tourism brings in about $65 billion to the state's economy. Florida's tourism industry, our ONLY industry will die out if there are no clean beaches for tourists to visit.
Anita Stewart, Member of the Hillsborough County Soil and Water Conservation Board, Seat 5
I have a sincere love for the Tampa Bay area and an honest desire to preserve our fragile ecosystems, promote growth by "greening" in all aspects and at all levels and deal with integrity regarding our environmental issues. Responsible stewardship of the lands and waters! No selling or misusing our precious lands and waters or handing them over to the corporations! My vision is to eventually see Tampa Bay and all of Florida adopting the use of alternative fuels, community gardens in every neighborhood, and sustainable green businesses...let's keep our goods and food local and support each other economically at the same time!
Anita is a licensed medical professional, artist, writer, blogger, photographer, New Media and Virtual Outreach expert. Anita is a USAF veteran and worked as an Intelligence Operations Specialist in the US and in Europe. She studied English, Film, Political Science and Journalism in college and has worked with the Tampa Bay Veterans for Peace, Code Pink Tampa Bay and the Tampa Bay Indymedia Collective. Anita was one of the first organizers for HANDS ACROSS THE SAND, a global initiative to stop offshore oil drilling and promote energy alternatives. From 2007 until 2012 Anita was on staff for three presidential campaigns, Kucinich (D), McKinney (G) and Barr (G). She has organized for the Green Party and has been a state delegate and a member of the Women's Caucus.
Anita works hard to change the course of our country by reforming our media and electoral processes and by organizing voters and promoting candidates that are not corporate "owned." She supports MOVE TO AMEND, a national organization that is working to abolish Corporate Personhood. Anita is currently serving on the Hillsborough County (Tampa Metro) Soil and Water Conservation Board. She broke records by winning the election on 11/2/10 with 82,404 votes at over 37%. She spent less than $300 for her campaign!
Anita is a continuing student of Permaculture, Sustainability and the Transition Town Movement. She continues her advocacy by working on increasing awareness about the human impact and the environmental aftermath of the Gulf Oil Spill. She just launched her new company, Power New Media and Public Relations, hosts her own radio show, Wise Women Media and runs a resale business. When she has any spare time which is rare she is knitting, crafting, reading, researching, walking, doing yoga, swimming, singing, gardening and exploring in nature with her camera.