Community Support for Richard Baker

Press Journal Letter to the Editor: October 28th, 2004

Association seeks commission sweep

The Indian River County Neighborhood Association enthusiastically endorsed Richard Baker for County Commission District 1. As you many know, Dick is a registered Democrat in a strong Republican county. He is going to need the vote of many Republicans like myself.

With Gary Wheeler already elected, Sandra Bowden, whom we believe will be elected, and Baker's election, the IRNA will have achieved its good of all three endorsed candidates victorious.

Baker supports our mission statement of managed growth, fair taxes and impact fees and preserving our quality of life.

I urge all voters in Indian River County to vote for "Baker is Best" on Tuesday.

Willard Case
Vero Beach

Press Journal Letter to the Editor: October 27th, 2004

Time for Baker on commission

I felt compelled to write a letter of support in behalf of Dr. Richard Baker, who is running for County Commission, District 1.

I have personally interviewed Dr. Baker and Wesley Davis and this is what I have found to be true. Mr. Davis is a nice young man with good intentions; he will make a good commissioner someday. This is not that day.

Mr. Davis would be well served by attending the commission meetings and become acquainted with the system in place. Good intentions are honorable, but Indian River County needs someone with the knowledge of the past, an understanding of the present and a vision for the future. That is Dr. Richard Baker.

Dr. Baker is well informed and involved in our county. He was appointed to the committee for a sustainable Treasure Coast by Gov. Jeb Bush and has served our county in other capacities. Dr. Baker has the education, experience and knowledge on his side. He will work as a full-time commissioner.

This commission seat is not about being a Democrat or Republican; the important issues that face our county are nonpartisan in nature. We need a commissioner with high standards, morals and knowledge — one who will do what is best for all our citizens without bias or prejudice. That is why I recommend everyone vote for the best man for the job: Dr. Richard Baker.

Adriene Cuffe
Vero Beach

Press Journal Letter to the Editor: October 25th, 2004

Baker would provide intelligent advocate

I read with interest your endorsement of Dick Baker for County Commission, District 1. You indicated it was a "close call." That surprised me. If I look at the background of both candidates, I see Baker with many years of experience in both the public and private sector.

Dick has been involved in numerous activities that relate directly to his experience and qualifications Indian River County needs in a county commissioner. This includes president of the Audubon Society, board member of the Environmental Learning Center, chairman Indian River Land Acquisition Advisory Committee and appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to the Committee for a Sustainable Treasure Coast.

He is in attendance at County Commission meetings and has been a strong advocate for controlled residential growth and strong economic growth.

This is the experience we need in our leaders at this critical time in Indian River County. A vote for Baker gives all Indian River County residents a strong, focused intelligent advocate.

Bob Pickett
member, Indian River
Neighborhood Association
Indian River Shores

Baker's qualities make him No. 1

Richard Baker is the best candidate for the District 1 County Commission seat. He has the experience, independence and compassion to lead us through these extraordinary and difficult times.

Baker was director of the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, the University of Florida public-health research laboratory located in south Indian River County, when Hurricane Andrew struck.

He was an integral part of a University of Florida team that assisted with the hurricane recovery, bringing 13 years of experience of the director of a malaria research project in Pakistan.

With his international experience and retirement come the independence to serve all of the people of Indian River County, not just special interests. He has the time to continue to fully devote himself to public service.

His record of public service at the local, state and national level is far too long to enumerate here. Baker served as president of the Florida Mosquito Control Association for an unprecedented two years, at which time he guided a statewide initiative to improve mosquito-control practices that has served as a model for national efforts.

In mosquito control, he is respected for his integrity, ability to build consensus, and his sensible science-based solutions.

His continued and effective public service comes not from desire to hold political office but from a genuine concern and compassion.

Kindness is the hallmark of his personal life, too. His help to me and my family after the hurricanes has been invaluable, ranging from ice and water to precious gasoline to back-breaking labor.

His superior personal and professional qualifications have brought him the endorsement of the Press Journal, the Indian River Neighborhood Association and the Civic Association.

Even Gov. Jeb Bush has been impressed by Baker's leadership skills and civic accomplishments. Bush appointed Baker to the Committee for a Sustainable Treasure Coast.

Janice Broda
Indian River County
Mosquito Control commissioner
Vero Beach

Press Journal Letter to the Editor: October 23rd, 2004

Quality makes Baker man to vote for

Thank you for the Press Journal endorsement of Richard Baker for county commissioner. Our county needs a man who has already shown his willingness to stand up for what he believes in.

Baker has done this many times at County Commission meetings, despite the opposition of developers and their lawyers. His opponent, Wesley Davis, has not.

Baker will not accept contributions from the special interests. Davis has already accepted significant contributions from developers and real-estate interests. The Indian River Neighborhood Association agrees with the Press Journal's endorsement.

Although I am a Republican, I'll vote for candidate Baker based on his quality, experience and courage.

Bob Macgowan
Vero Beach

Press Journal Letter to the Editor: October 16th, 2004

'Citizen' candidate a vote for yourself

It doesn't happen often! We citizens of Indian River County have an opportunity to send a citizen candidate to the County Commission in Dr. Richard Baker. He will bring a scientific approach to the problems of Indian River County. He is not a politician and will not seek other offices. He wants to contribute his energies to the betterment of our community. He has no other ax to grind.

Get an absentee ballot if you might not be here. Vote this time for a citizen candidate, Dr. Dick Baker, and you'll really be voting for yourself.

Edmund W. Cannon
Vero Beach

Press Journal letters to the editor: October 15th, 2004
Baker would bring expertise to region

Nature can be a mighty enemy to humans, especially when humans try to destroy it. Those who have studied it as a life's work have warned us of this for a long time.

We have not listened, as evidenced by our electing unenlightened, power-hungry people — people who have actually contributed to events that are spawning horrible storms because of their reluctance to enact curbs on pollution.

Thirty years ago, we were starting on the road to preservation of our Earth. We could by now be energy self-sufficient. We could by now have reduced ozone depletion, deforestation, urban sprawl and put our tax dollars into making the world a healthier, safer place to be.

If we do not learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it. If we keep giving power to unenlightened elected officials, we are doomed to nature's destruction.

I, for one, am so very grateful that someone like Dick Baker, president of Pelican Island Audubon, is willing to use his tremendous expertise as a respected scientist to run for Indian River County Commission. At last, someone who knows something about what impact, growth, pollution and population have on our way of life!

Baker has already proven that he cares about preserving this most precious place. We need him on the commission. The Nov. 2 election could very well decide the "weather" (future) of this country.

Please vote as if your life depended on it, because it does!

Mary Ann Krueger

Press Journal Letter to the Editor: August 8th, 2004

Which candidate has your interests?

Wake the town and tell the people, shout it from the tallest tree, while we still have them. On July 28, I received Ken Macht's campaign flier in the mail. I found it to be in poor taste, making accusations against a fellow candidate, Gary Wheeler.

My examination of election records indicates that Mr. Wheeler has accepted campaign contributions from private citizens and not special interests. It is interesting to note that Mr. Macht's flier states, "My only special interest is you."

I'm sorry, Mr. Macht, your campaign contributions tell a different story. And, Bob Solari, yours are a carbon copy of Mr. Macht's.

Let's give Tom Lowther some help. I agree with the candidates the Indian River Neighborhood Association is supporting: Wheeler, Sandra Bowden and Dick Baker. That would leave Mr. Neuberger voting all by himself. That would also give us a Board of County Commissioners directing staff instead of staff directing county commissioners.

This would also give the citizens back our voice, bring back professional formality to our commission meetings, have basic rules of order and allow us to have faith in our commissioners that they have our interest at heart.

If we do anything else, the special interests will have won. Our residential roads will be five laned, our land development regulations will be compromised and Vero Beach will be West Palm Beach.

And a message to our firefighters: No one can promise you what you have been promised. This is the most important election in the history of Vero Beach.

Dian S. George
Vero Beach

Press Journal Letter to Editor: August 13, 2004

Local activists draw political lines

The lines have been drawn in the sand, and Indian River County's future is at stake.

On one hand, you have Indian River Neighborhood Association. On the other hand, there's the Concerned Citizens for the Future of Indian River County.

The neighborhood association is endorsing Republicans Sandra Bowden in District 5 and Gary Wheeler in District 3 and Democrat Dick Baker in District 1 for County Commission. The concerned citizens group is endorsing three Republicans: Wesley Davis, District 1; Ken Macht, District 3; and Robert Solari, District 5.

This makes it real easy for the voters of the county if your issue is growth.

Contrary to its title, the Concerned Citizens for the Future of Indian River County is made up mostly of local and out-of-town developers and contractors.

Then you have the neighborhood association, made up of local residents trying to save what's left of Indian River County's small-town atmosphere. At last count, the association had a membership of 5,000 people.

It's time to decide your position now. Vote for the person or group that represents your views. If you want rampant growth and higher taxes, vote for the concerned citizens' candidates. If you want to control growth and bring accountability to the families of this county, vote for the neighborhood association's endorsed candidates.

The future of Indian River County is in your hands. Just get out there and vote!

Brian Johnson
Vero Beach

Press Journal letter to the editor: July 25, 2004

Group battles developers
For those of us in sympathy with the goals of the Indian River Neighborhood Association (and aren't we all?) the Press Journal did us a big favor by publishing on July 18 a list of the contributors to the campaigns of candidates for County Commission.

The lists of candidates Bob Solari and Chip Landers (who withdrew last week) are heavy with the names of developers, contractors, Realtors and others interested in the continuing over-development of Indian River County.

Many of their supporters are from outside the county, poised, no doubt, to take advantage of their friendly candidates and make profits at our expense. With supporters such as these, how could we expect them to act fairly on the all-important issues surrounding development in Indian River County?

We note that the campaigns of the IRNA endorsed candidates are almost entirely devoid of contributions from such interested parties. I urge you to support the IRNA candidates Richard Baker, Gary Wheeler and Sandra Bowden. They are not beholden to the developers and can be counted on to do the right thing for all of us.

Robert C. Kingston
Vero Beach

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