Thursday, November 05, 2020

Blonder Defeats Freeman for St. Augustine City Commission (SAR)

Looks like "Freeman's Folly" (91-93 Coquina flood control boondoggle) has claimed another victim: Commissioner LEANNA SOPHIA AMARU FREEMAN. Footnote: Former Public Works Director MICHAEL G. CULLUM, P.E., lied to Commissioners about the site characteristics -- actuaully three (3) feet above sea level) and was called out by Mayor Nancy Shaver. He was demoted to a sinecure and then resigned. FREEMAN is currently Vice Mayor and is most noted for the chauvinism with which she blocked reforms by Mayor Nancy Shaver for some 1550 days, 2014-2019, until Mayor Shaver suffered a stroke and resigned.

Some people say Vice Mayor LEANNA FREEMAN's mendacity-fueled meanness might have helped induce the stroke: watch the February 25, 2019 Commission meeting video for yourself.  This is the sane mean Commissioner who archly interrupted Mayor Shaver at every opportunity, radiating ridicule when she blocked Mayor Shaver's 2015 effort for forensic audits of the City's 450th anniversary contracts ("Do I have three votes, do I have three votes to move forward....")

St. Augustine loves reformers, and just elected Prof. Barbara Blonder to City Commission.  This proves that Mayor Nancy Shaver was not a fluke, and that City residents will continue to reject the ancient regime and its stench of self-serving waste, fraud, abuse, misfeasance, malfeasance, nonfeasance, flummery, dupery and nincompoopery in City Hall. 

What's next? 

Termination of City Manager JOHN PATRICK REGAN, P.E.? OR Resignation? Recall or electoral defeat of Mayor TRACY WILSON UPCHURCH?

Stay tuned. From St. Augustine Record: Blonder unseats Vice Mayor Freeman, Horvath defends seat against Ross in St. Augustine City Commission races Sheldon Gardner St. Augustine Record With a focus on flooding and her abilities as a scientist to help lead the city, Barbara Blonder unseated a commissioner who had served for 12 years. And she'll start work soon as a first-time commissioner. Blonder, an associate professor of natural sciences at Flagler College, defeated Vice Mayor Leanna Freeman on Tuesday night and will be sworn in on Dec. 7, along with returning Commissioner Roxanne Horvath. "I'm thrilled, and I didn't know what to expect," Blonder said on Tuesday night. "Nobody's run a campaign before in conditions like we've had, and especially a first timer." Barbara Blonder, candidate for St. Augustine City Commission seat 2, waves to motorists as they drive down Anastasia Boulevard on Election Day on Tuesday. With almost all the votes tallied in St. Johns County, Blonder received 4,242 votes, or 56% in the race for Seat 2 on the Commission. Freeman received 3,359 votes. Blonder said she decided to run to help the city face quality of life and economic issues, including flooding and the environment. Today is Election Day:Five things to watch for in Florida To our readers: Election results will be posted online Tuesday Roxanne Horvath, candidate for St. Augustine City Commission seat 1, waves to motorists as they drive down Anastasia Boulevard on Election Day on Tuesday. In the race for Seat 1, Horvath successfully defended her seat against Wade Ross, a teacher in Clay County. With most votes tallied in the county, Horvath received 4,888 votes, or 63%. Ross received 2,888 votes. Blonder unseats Vice Mayor Freeman, Horvath defends seat against Ross in St. Augustine City Commission races Horvath, an architect with her own firm, was first elected in 2012. She said she's looking forward to working on flooding and sea level rise issues, affordable housing and other matters. Horvath's priorities include the environment, the tree canopy, removing septic tanks, community health and improving racial equality. "I'm thrilled to be able to have another term to be able to work on behalf of the city and work on some of these major problems," she said. Horvath also supports reinstating a mask mandate in the city of St. Augustine. The city lifted the mandate, citing an executive order by the governor that prohibited local governments from collecting fines from mask mandates.

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