Ken Cornell for County Commission
Alachua County Commission District 4 in FL http://kencornell.com/
901 NW 8th Avenue, Suite C-7
Primary Election Date: 2014-08-26 General Election Date: 2014-11-04
Who am I?
Ken was born and raised in Gainesville, FL and attended Terwilliger, Ft Clarke and Buchholz prior to college. Following his parents' footsteps, Ken attended the University of Florida and earned his Master's degree with high honors from the Fisher School of Accounting. He lived in Atlanta for five years and after missing his son's birthday party decided that Alachua County was the place to raise his family. Ken has been married for over twenty-three years to his wife Angela. They have two children, Connor and Christopher, who both attend the University of Central Florida.
As small business owners, Ken and Angela have had the opportunity to own and operate a number of small businesses in Alachua County. Ken is currently a Broker-Associate and Senior Vice President with Bosshardt Realty Services, LLC.
Ken's record of involvement in Alachua County includes serving on the CAPP (Community Agency Partnership Program) board, where he has helped distribute thousands of dollars to local charities and community organizations that use it most effectively. He's a Rotarian and a graduate of ACCESS, and will bring his record of caring about and improving our community to the County Commission.
A big part of Ken's life has been dedicated to raising his two boys. Growing up, their passion was soccer, which led Ken to be actively involved in the development of Jonesville Park. Ken has served on a number of local boards for both private and non-profit entities.
Why am I running?
I was born in Alachua County and believe it is the best place to live, work, and raise a family. We all share the responsibility to protect what is unique and special about our home, and I believe the Tea Party has the wrong priorities for our community.
Alachua County is on the precipice of greatness, and we can only achieve that greatness if we fight to protect the progress that we've made.
I want to ensure that our community continues to be one of opportunity and prosperity. That's why I will fight to protect our public health and natural resources, invest in our children and neighborhoods, and continue to encourage job growth in our community.
1. Protecting our public health and natural resources - We must focus our environmental efforts on protecting and being the best stewards of our water and our sensitive lands. Our environment is a jewel within our community's quality of life and serves as the foundation of our community. A thriving local economy begins with a clean and healthy environment. When it comes to our water resources, we need to be an active participant in discussions on water quality and quantity and a leader in how to manage water resources the right way. We need to ensure our area is represented in decisions concerning water needs. Additionally, we must work with various public and private agencies to ensure that our water is clean and protected for future generations to ensure the vitality of our community.
2. Encourage job growth in our community - Economic development starts from within our own community. The economic engine of our two educational institutions, our three hospitals, our local government entities, and our private industry leaders must be encouraged to grow in a smart, sustainable manner to enhance our community with quality jobs at all levels that pay well so our friends and neighbors can live quality and meaningful lives.In order to effectively combat our budgetary challenges, it's important that the County Commission has a thorough understanding of the budget and challenges every dollar committed to ensure that the priorities of our community are properly funded.
3. Invest in our children and neighborhoods - In order to effectively combat our budgetary challenges, it's important that the County Commission has a thorough understanding of the budget and challenges every dollar committed to ensure that the priorities of our community are properly funded.Public school is the great equalizer that will help narrow the gap between the economically privileged and our most vulnerable children. We must focus our resources on these children and their education before, during and after they enter the public school system. For those in need, we must determine the most effective social services that both protect and teach our kids in the neighborhoods where they live and work proactively with the private and non-profit sector of our community in order to get the very most from each dollar invested to improve the outlook on our children's future.
My DFA Values
Community: I was born and raised in Alachua County, and this community offered me a lot of opportunities growing up. Now, I want to ensure that our community will be able to afford the same opportunities I had to the next generation. For Alachua County to continue to be a thriving and prosperous community, we need to elect a government as good as its people. Government should have a role in improving the lives of every member of our community. We have an obligation to help improve the lives of the downtrodden and less fortunate in our community.
Security: I believe that the security of our community depends on the quality of our environment; we need to protect our natural resources in order to safeguard our public health.The security of our community depends on proper funding for our law enforcement and first responders. And the security of our community depends on fiscal responsibility and adequate funding of community priorities that help to create a more fair and equal society.
Liberty: The more inclusive and accepting Alachua County becomes, the more business it will attract. We need to respect the civil rights of all Americans not only because it will help our county to retain the best and brightest in the workforce, but also because it is the right thing to do. As County Commissioner, I will stand up for the full equality of the LGBT community, work to promote diversity as well as eliminate bigotry in our workforce, and defend our civil rights at every opportunity.
My Campaign is People Powered!
Our campaign has been fueled by grassroots support from the very beginning. When I filed for office, I made a pledge to not accept any corporate or PAC contributions.
That's why I am accountable only to the people of Alachua County and not corporations posing as people or outside special interest groups.
Additionally, we've built, from the ground up, an extensive network of local volunteers who have already made thousands of phone calls, and knocked on hundreds of doors. As we move forward, the enthusiasm for our campaign has only grown stronger.
Finally, we will continue to reach out to progressive constituencies as the campaign moves forward: students, the LGBT community, unions, women, environmentalists, the African American community, and the faith-based community.