I'm Andy Mele. Welcome to my campaign website! Thank you for taking the time to visit and learn a bit more about me, and why I am running.
The issue details are in another section. But the big picture is this: As an environmental activist with Suncoast Waterkeeper, first as the Waterkeeper, later as Executive Director, I watched as the Florida Legislature responded to crisis after crisis--overdevelopment, springs degradation, the worst red tide in history, declining water quality--with nothing, or weak tea at best.
And when I heard that Will Robinson was going to be running in 2020 without a challenger, I realized that it was time to step up. And here I am.
Why does Will Robinson matter? Because he claims to be an environmentalist, and yet he voted for things like prohibiting local plastic straw or sunblock bans and spending billions of taxpayer dollars on massive development in the Florida interior. He voted for making it all but impossible for citizens to get initiatives on the ballot, and he voted to reduce corporate income taxes. He voted to use public lands as mitigation banks to ease the way for greedy developers. He matters because his donor list includes Mosaic, the single most rapacious destroyer of Florida ag lands and native habitat, producer of millions of pounds of EPA-listed toxic waste, which gets diluted and disposed into the aquifer and into surface waters that people drink. His donor list includes developers and builders. If he is going to present himself as an environmental candidate, he has some heavy lifting to do.
The Florida Legislature is dominated by the Republican party--the party of Trump, McConnell and Red Tide Rick Scott. It is a body of radical, extremist conservatives who stand, nationwide, for gutting environmental protections, so-called tax cuts, which build debt to funnel money to the very wealthy, and leave it to the rest of us to pay back, and a president who is gaming the office for his personal gain, surrounding himself with criminals. That's the party of Will Robinson, your current incumbent. Had enough?
It is time to take back the Florida Legislature, so the extremist conservative rampage against the people can finally be halted--in Florida, at least.
Learn more about me at the Meet Andy page.