North Port is about to elect either Jim Blucher or David Garofalo as Seat 4 city commissioner.
, a 30-year-old Pasco County
fire captain, has experience in managing government staff.He
also has boundless energy and a highly creative mind.
We are convinced Garofalo
has the ability and temperament to shake things up.Some critics of commission decisions say that is essential.
While Blucher's demeanor is as smooth as polished platinum.Garofalo
has a more aggressive, determined personality.He
can get along with anyone, but we doubt he
would ever become part of a commission clique because he
seems to be, by nature, an independent thinker.
We doubt veteran commissioners could push Garofalo
aside or neutralize him.He
would insist on being heard on all issues, and he
tends to talk at length.As a commissioner, Garofalo would be a force to be reckoned with. If some staff member failed to perform at an acceptable level, or a department head seemed to be hoodwinking commissioners, we feel Garofalo would be first to speak up and insist City Manager Steve Crowell solve the problem.
has answered critics who suggest his
distant Pasco County
job would interfere with his
points out he
is permitted to set his
own work schedule, and can trade days off with a long list of other fire captains who do not want to work on weekends.
While we are impressed with Blucher's polished skills, problem-solving ability, and knowledge, we like Garofalo 's great energy and the added dimension and diversity he
would bring to the City Commission
has done or said has changed our minds.So, as in the primary, we are again recommending David Garofalo
for City Commission Seat 4.
I am a public servant of this community for the past 16 years, and I stand up for David Garofalo
.I am 50 years old and I support David
I am so tired of the Jim Blucher supporters using David's work as a negative.He
can and will do the best job for the city of North Port.He
absolutely has North Port
in mind 24/7.He
has to work in order to live in North Port
is an intelligent, progressive, family oriented candidate and he
is exactly what North Port
looks at the issues with the future of North Port
in mind at all times.He
will be here in the future and has a vested interested.David
is very fair minded and is always willing to listen to all parties involved before coming up with a final decision.He
is a leader and has documented leadership skills. David is a captain of the Pasco firefighters, not just a firefighter.He
has proven leadership and he
has the support of his
local union.We need diversity on the City Commission
.We already have four commissioners retired.It is time for a working commissioner, my vote goes to David Garofalo
, and I urge my fellow public servants to vote the same.
Don't see this waste from David Garofalo's
campaign office -- perhaps because he's
funds as carefully as he
will our tax dollars?
...David Garofalo, Blucher's opponent, is a member of the San Pedro Catholic Church Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society and devotes much of his spare time to these groups. Garofalo's
community service experience started when he
was 19 years old when he
began to volunteer at Lutz Volunteer Fire Department. "It was always a dream of mine to become a firefighter and to help people, and I will never forget my first day of volunteering" said Garofalo, 30.
After volunteering for a few years Garofalo was hired where he
now is employed full time at Pasco
County Fire Rescue.
" I continued volunteering for a couple of years after I was hired because I felt I still wanted to give back to the community I lived in" Garofalo
adds.When he stopped volunteering at Lutz, Garofalo joined the Krewe of St. Florian in Tampa.
has my vote in November.
...I don't understand the hubbub about Garofalo working a job and sitting as a commissioner.
Didn't Joe Fink work as a teacher?
If we want change, we need Garofalo
...I am upset and appalled by the Blucher backers who discredit a fine young man like Captain David Garofalo, an excellent example to young and elder.David
did receive the endorsement from the Sunas well as the AFFCME local 3432, City of North Port Union Workers. David
has taken the first step that many more young people in North Port
will be taking, and that is to serve their city and government.If you want change, you must vote for David Garofalo
has a vision and he
is the best candidate for North Port City Commission Seat 4.He
is a family man and a great neighbor! He
may work outside of North Port
, but so do hundreds of other young people unable to find high-paying jobs in North Port
We need change North Port; we need David Garofalo!
Nine reasons to vote for David Garofalo
Sadly, the candidate this family supported in the City Commission races did not win.We have thought long and hard about whom we would support leading up to election day on Nov. 7.
For the reasons listed below, this North Port Family will support David Garofalo
has a youthful exuberance, vision, and hope.
family values from his
has expressed real concerns for our treeless environment in North Port
is an experienced public servant in a different and significant manner.His
knowledge of the firefighter/paramedic profession may go far to helping North Port
get the hospital it needs and deserves and he
will work well with city employees.
is a known nonsmoker and non-drinker; a healthy individual who will remain so because of his
dedication to his
has technical intelligence; the computer skills needed in the 21st century.
can multi-task and delegate.
has an understanding that North Port
needs to start considering and meeting the needs of young families and the children and young people who call North Port home.
is not supported by builders and contractors; he
is supported by home owners and families.
, Blucher's opponent, said the city's greatest challenge was to make those at the state level, who initially refused North Port's hospital request, to realize the reality of the city's situation.He said the next step was to hire a representative with ties to the city. "We need to get representation at the state level," said Garofalo, 30.
...David Garofalo, 30, Blucher's adversary, has also experienced health issues that required his family to leave North Port for care.
Specifically, the recent birth of his
five week-old son, David
, Jr., for which the Garofalo's
had to travel to Sarasota Memorial
said a hospital is key and that special services will "trickle down" from there.
"It's so important to have rehab centers, nursing homes and clinics, and a hospital is an anchor for that, just like a Publix
is an anchor for a barbershop," Garofalo
said."These services will be offered if we just get an anchor." Garofalo
compared North Port
to other cities where hospitals cause services, such as rehabilitation facilities, to spring up across the street.
"Put everything together and it just makes sense," he
, 30, is running against Blucher.
, who is a captain paramedic with Pasco
County Fire Rescue, moved here with his
wife and "fell in love" with the city but wants to make it better.
In addition to extending the Myakkahatchee Creek corridor all the way to Greenwood Avenue, Garofalo
said several drainage areas no longer in use could easily be converted to linear parks.
"They're almost set up already and most of the work is already done," he
also said he
knows how to tap into existing resources, including Manatee Community College
, where his
wife dawn is a nursing professor.
"What a resource that is for North Port!"he said. (MCC) nursing students go volunteer at the Senior Friendship Center in Sarasota, but we