Ross Hancock for Coral Gables Commission

Who am I?

I am an environmentalist and a former rural newspaper editor. I work for a non-profit (American Welding Society) where I advocate for vocational education and safe infrastructure.

Why am I running?

I am an environmentalist who wants our city in coastal southern Florida to plan for the consequences of climate change. Our water resources, homes, natural environments, and water resources are threatened in the not-too-distant future. This issue has never been seriously discussed, but our campaign has raised awareness and our citizens are now asking why our city hall is not more proactive.

My Goals

I will propose directing all city departments to conduct all planning and activities consistently with projected climate change impacts on our region. I will work with our neighboring city officials to cooperate with a regional response to this economic and ecological threat.

My DFA Values

Regardless of one's socioeconomic standing in my community, we all have a shared stake in preparing for climate change and mitigating its effects. That means that all stakeholders, each one of us, regardless of age, race, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or other aspects of what we look like or where we come from, have to contribute to addressing this crisis and share in the benefits of avoiding catastrophe.

My Campaign is People Powered!

My main opponent is supported by development interests and has a 50-to-1 fundraising advantage. Our campaign is powered by environmentally concerned citizens and recent organizers and volunteers from the president's campaign. Current and retired city workers and police officers are also helping financially and with volunteer hours, because their pension fund is dependent upon the survival of a city that is almost certain to face declining property values and an insurance availability crisis.

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• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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