Please enter your comment! UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSDecision Apopka 2018 Previous articleApopka Police Department Arrest ReportNext articleDyer endorses Robbinson in Orange County School Board Chair race Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply At a March 15th, 2017 City Council meeting, Commissioner Diane Velazquez verbally announced her intentions to run for re-election to the Apopka City Commission. It was the beginning of the race for Seat #2. But then over eight months passed, and Velazquez found herself still running in her own lane unopposed.Commissioner Diane VelazquezAlice NolanThen on December 1st, 2017 two candidates joined Velazquez in the race and filed to run in the Seat #2 election – Leroy Bell and Alicia Koutsoulieris. Then on January 4th, during the Apopka Municipal Election qualifying week, Alice Nolan filed to also run for Seat #2.Nolan, the overachieving candidate in 2016, received 2,159 votes (22.74%) in the Seat #3 election against incumbent Commissioner Sam Ruth and eventual winner and current Commissioner Doug Bankson in 2016 but did not qualify for the runoff a month later. She did, however, gain political momentum that many thought would propel her into another campaign in 2018.All along this race seemed destined to go to a runoff – and here we are.In two polls conducted in January and February by The Apopka Voice, Nolan and Velazquez ran neck-and-neck, then on election day, Nolan edged Velazquez with 2,478 votes (39.7%), while Velazquez received 2,340 votes (37.49%). In third place was Leroy Bell with 1,206 votes (19.32%), and Alicia Koutsoulieris received 218 (3.49%).Now with Bell and Koutsoulieris off the ballot, who holds the edge in this head-to-head runoff? Where does the race for Seat #2 stand? Will it be as close as election day? There’s one way to find out.The Apopka Voice Reader’s Poll will ask one question:If the runoff election for Apopka City Commission Seat #2 were held today, who would you vote for? Alice Nolan or Commissioner Diane Velazquez?The poll will close at noon on Friday, April 6th, at which time we will publish its results.This is not a scientific poll. The margin of error is unknown, but it should reflect a snapshot of where our readers stand with these two candidates coming into the runoff as it accurately did in January and February.So vote for the Seat #2 candidate you think will best lead Apopka into its promising future.Proceed Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply April 8, 2018 at 11:06 pm Please enter your name here 1 COMMENT Darrell Morgan Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The acid test for leadership is Proverbs 29:2 when the righteous are in Authority the people Rejoice but when the wicked rules the people groan Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Stuff co.nz 13 August 2014National has pledged an extra $20 million a year in funding for hospices if re-elected in September.National’s health spokesman, the retiring Health Minister Tony Ryall, said the funding would allow hospices to provide more palliative care.Ryall said last year more than 15,000 people received care and support from the country’s 29 hospices while their palliative carers made over 145,000 visits to people in their homes.Demand on hospice services would increase with an ageing population and this needed to be catered for.“Hospices make a huge difference to people’s lives by ensuring terminally ill people are as free from pain and suffering as possible,” Ryall said.“They also provide care and support for families and friends.”Of the new funding, $13m would go towards helping the country’s hospices care for terminally ill people in their homes while $7m would fund 60 new palliative care nurses and educators.http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/10379443/National-offers-hospice-boost