Not ever wanting to be bored, not having enough to do being a precint committerperson, a chairman of the county’s voter registration committee, teaching full-time, which is never just full-time, and seeing patients, I thought I’d run for office. But not just any office. I chose an office that is so obscure, yet important, with such a misleading name that I can’t just run for it – I have to fully explain it nearly every time I mention it.
My wife always wanted me to run for office. She was thinking school board. But I know what happens to teachers who run for school board around here. Better win or look for a new job.
I chose Sebastian Inlet District Commission – a commission that is one hundred years old this year and is charged with keeping the beaches and rivers in as natural a condition as possible (after they cut four un-natural inlets into it), restoring them when they are not, with promoting education and conservation, and protecting the lives of the creatures that live in and around them from Vero in the south to Rockledge in the north. That’s fifty miles, through two counties, of one of the most ecologically diverse waterways in North America.
What they actually do, though, is keep millage rates low so people can afford to buy houses on the beach, and so development can keep moving forward, and business have plenty of rich folks to buy their stuff.
I’m running against a man who believes dinosaurs are still alive and well in Africa. Who doesn’t believe in science. What else am I to do?
I told a local group of about 300 people that I was going to change that. And, if I can’t change it, make the other four people on the commission as miserable as possible for at least four years. And they know I can do it.
I have worked as an environmentalist in social and direct action for many years. Since my twenties. From the outside of the Establishment, and sometimes outside of the Law. Now it’s time to do so from the inside. And, I hope, make my wife proud as well.
For me, this is my dive back into deep ecology and ecospirituality. In many ways, this may not be quite as exciting as my days with Earth First!, but I hope it will have a deep and lasting benefits and significantly less involvement from the FBI. And it might be safer, although, in this political climate, I might be less dangerous taking my chances sitting in trees and fighting bulldozers.
People who want to dismantle the EPA are the real ecoterrorists, and they are in office. Time for me to be in office too.
So, if you’d like to help me, I’d love that. Please donate a little bit, or share the link to this, or the link below.
October 29, 2018 at 12:45 PM
Dear Mr. Tritt:
Here are questions of concern to me.
Questions for Candidate
1. How do you plan to protect, defend, and support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Florida?
[The oath for anyone who registers as a Florida voter states: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Florida….”
The Constitution of the United States in Article VI, Sections 2 and 3 states:
2: This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
3: The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution….]
2. What constitutes the basis or foundation or foundations of these constitutions?
3. What are present threats to these constitutions?
4. How do you view the interaction of the various branches and levels (local, county, state, federal) of government? Does any branch or level bear undue power over the others. Does any element of government threaten powers and levels of the others, or the constitutional balance of these, or the inalienable or constitutional rights of individual human beings?
5. Why are you running for office and for the office in particular for which you are running?
6. Why are you running as a candidate of your party, or as a No Party Affiliation or write-in candidate?
7. Why should I vote for you?
1894 Glenwood St. NE
Palm Bay, FL 32907