Palm Beach Soil & Water Conservation Group 2

Daniel H. Sohn

  • Party nominating:
  • City: Boynton Beach
  • Family: Single
  • Education: Bachelor's degree
  • B.A., Non Profit Managment
    • Recent Job: ECO Council, Interim Executive Director (April 2016- Present)
  • ECO Council, Interim Executive Director (April 2016- Present)
  • Democracy For America of Broward County, Chairman (2012- 2016)
  • Previous races

    Won
    Lost

    Broward Democratic Precinct Committeeman, M022 (2012- 2016)

    Other Political Experience

  • Palm Beach Democratic Environmental Caucus, Vice President
  • DFA Broward County, Chair
  • Should the district become more active in the debate over increased development in the county’s Agricultural Reserve?
    The District should definitely have a more active role in the discussion and decision making process with regards to the protection of Agricultural Reserve. This is the main reason I entered the race. We cannot allow for a missed opportunity to advise against decreasing protection on the largest AG Reserve in the State of Florida. There is no excuse for allowing the continuation of irresponsible development anywhere in Palm Beach county but first and foremost not any further West into the Florida Everglades.
    Would you like to see the Palm Beach Soil and Water Conservation District expand some of its conservation programs?
    I know first hand that the conversation about conservation and environmental issues begin in the classroom. We need to expand the reach of the districts conservation programs into all of our counties schools. When our children are involved so will our parents. When we have active participation we also obtain the ability to gain feedback to create school and community based partnerships focused on green and clean initiatives. I have already begun the process of working with soem of the educational leadership in our educational institutions to expand educational opportunities for high school and college aged students interested in working or earning a degree in environmental, energy and green fields.
    Is there a role to play for small agencies like the district that lack taxing and regulatory authority?
    While I will be the first to admit that thee district could be doing much more, it is not accurate to say that the Conservation District is a “small” agency. In fact the district serves as the liaison between the federal, state, local government and land owners/ land users. Palm Becah Counties Conservatioin District is also home to the area office of the USDA and The FL Department of Agriculture. It is true that conservation districts nationwide do not hold regulatory and taxing authority. This is why it is my intention to forge collaborative partnerships with the agencies that do have these powers. These agencies include, The Palm Beach School Board, Property Appraisers Office, County Commission and local municipalities. All of these agencies have new elected leaders who are willing to make Palm Beach a cleaner and greener place to live, work and play. I have already cultivated these relationships and will put them to good use when elected.

    Competitors for this race

    Matthew Robert Bymaster

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