Florida Governor: Alex Sink (D) / Rick Scott (R)

Alex Sink (D)

Florida CFO and Business Leader | Age: 62 | Married to Bill McBride | Family: Proud mother of two children, Bert and Lexi | Currently resides in Thonotosassa, FL | Birthplace: Mt. Airy, NC | Education/Degrees: College Degree fromWake Forest University | Community Involvement: Served as vice chair of Florida TaxWatch and on the Commission on Government Accountability to the People. Dedicated her time to Florida’s children through service on Governor Chiles’ Commission on Education, the Hillsborough Education Foundation and as chair of Take Stock in Children. Civic work also includes service in the Florida Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, Leadership Florida and as Chair of the Board of the United Way of Hillsborough County.
2101 Palm Ave., Tampa, FL 33605
Campaign Phone: (813) 374-9175
www.alexsink2010.com
contact@alexsink2010.com

What is your long-term economic vision for Florida?
I will revive our economy in the short term by stabilizing and expanding small businesses, remake our economy in the long term by focusing on the development of innovative industries, such as new energy and biotech, and reform our government. My business plan can be found at www.AlexSink2010.com.

How do you plan to meet Florida’s citizens’ needs and balance the budget while facing at least a $5 billion revenue shortfall?
I will tackle Florida’s budget challenges through smarter, more aggressive economic development policies and using my business experience to cut government waste. It will take a combination of running government more cost-effectively, drawing down federal funds, and a focus on growing our economy.

In light of several recent examples of political corruption and mishandling of government resources within Florida (i.e. the “Wafflegate,” Sansom, and RPOF credit card scandals, among others), how do you plan, if elected, to ensure that your administration will operate lawfully and in the sunshine?
The culture of corruption in Tallahassee has to end. For 26 years, I was a respected business leader and as Florida’s CFO, I have held politicians accountable and provided greater transparency to our citizens. In February I laid out a meaningful ethics reform plan to restore trust in our government.

What changes would you make in Florida’s K-29 educational system?
As the mother of two children who graduated from Florida’s public schools, I understand the importance of providing a quality public education. That’s why my education principles are grounded in innovation and excellence. I know that successful schools begin at the local level – not in Tallahassee.

The Governor makes numerous appointments to critical boards such as the Public Service Commission, the Board of Education, andWater Management Districts.What criteria will you use in making these appointments to ensure that the public’s interest is best served?
I will seek individuals who have subject matter expertise, and who have demonstrated upstanding moral character, ethical integrity and a record of service to their communities and state. My appointments will also strive to reflect the rich geographic, ethnic, racial and gender diversity of Florida.

If elected, how do you plan to use your position to improve the lives of Florida’s citizens?
I have a plan to create jobs, grow our economy, improve our schools, and finally hold politicians accountable. I’ve focused on solving problems my whole life as a business leader, and I will build a brighter future for our state with common-sense solutions that address the needs of our citizens.
Rick Scott (R)

Businessman | Age: 57 | Married to Ann Scott for 38 years | Family: Two daughters, Jordan and Allison | Currently resides in Naples, FL | Birthplace: Bloomington, IL | Education/Degrees: Bachelors Degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University
300 S.E. 2nd Street, Ste. 850, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Campaign Phone: (954) 915-3360
www.rickscottforflorida
rscott@rickscottforflorida.com



What is your long-term economic vision for Florida?
I am going to make Florida the number one state for job creation. My 777 plan will create 700,000 jobs by following seven steps over the next seven years. By eliminating unnecessary regulation, cutting taxes and shrinking the size of government, Florida's economy will grow and flourish.

How do you plan to meet Florida’s citizens’ needs and balance the budget while facing at least a $5 billion revenue shortfall?
I will implement accountability based budgeting and make sure that every dollar the state spends is spent prudently. Just like our citizens and small businesses have to, I will set priorities and allocate the tax dollars accordingly.

In light of several recent examples of political corruption and mishandling of government resources within Florida (i.e. the “Wafflegate,” Sansom, and RPOF credit card scandals, among others), how do you plan, if elected, to ensure that your administration will operate lawfully and in the sunshine?
Accountability and transparency are two fundamental principles on which I have built my campaign. Under a Scott administration the Governor's office will be an open book. The money that is spent in Tallahassee comes from the people and our citizens should know exactly how it is being spent.

What changes would you make in Florida’s K-29 educational system?
As Governor, I will promote reforms that reward effective teachers. I will institute a system that evaluates and compensates teachers called the “Learn and Earn” program. As students learn more, teachers will earn more.

The Governor makes numerous appointments to critical boards such as the Public Service Commission, the Board of Education, andWater Management Districts.What criteria will you use in making these appointments to ensure that the public’s interest is best served?
We need to remove the politics from the appointments process and focus on appointing qualified people that will work for Floridians, not special interests. As Governor, I will appoint independent thinkers that have the required knowledge and background to serve on a particular board.

If elected, how do you plan to use your position to improve the lives of Florida’s citizens?
I plan to improve the lives of Floridians by making Florida the number one state for job creation. By eliminating unnecessary regulation, cutting taxes and shrinking government we will be able to provide Floridians with the job opportunities that are so desperately needed.
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