Palm Beach Soil & Water Conservation Group 3

Patricia "Pat" Edmonson

  • Party nominating:
  • City: West Palm Beach
  • Family: Married, one child
  • Education: Master's degree
  • M.A., Princeton University
    • Recent Job: Retired

    Previous races

    Won
    Lost

    Democratic Primary for Lt. Governor, Virginia (2009)

    School Board, Virginia Beach, VA (2006)

    Other Political Experience

  • Board Member , West Palm Beach Democratic Club
  • Member At-Large, DEC
  • Co-Zone Leader, Palm Beach County Democratic Party
  • Board Member, ECO Council
  • Palm Beach County Volunteer Team Lead, Hillary for America
  • Should the district become more active in the debate over increased development in the county‚Äôs Agricultural Reserve?
    Yes, the district must become more active in the debate over increased development. It is the mission of the Conservation District to be active in debates that impact the environment and provide leadership and a unified voice for natural resource conservation to local governments. I cannot support any further western growth including in the Agricultural Reserve. Development thus far has lacked environmental impact studies, long-range planning, the true cost of development and environmental protection for soil and water.
    Would you like to see the Palm Beach Soil and Water Conservation District expand some of its conservation programs?
    There is more to the PB Soil & Water Conservation District than meets the eye; there are programs for all ages from elementary students to adults, for farmers, environmentalists, urban conservationists to community gardeners. The Poster Contest gives K-12 students the opportunity to explore the environment through art. Our Photo Contest allows our adult photographers to capture their vision of the our beautiful county and high school students can compete in Envirothon.
    Is there a role to play for small agencies like the district that lack taxing and regulatory authority?
    The "small" perception is a matter of choice in my opinion. It is my intention to work in collaboration with other governmental agencies, i.e. city, county, state, municipal and federal on matters of conservation and the environment. It's all about relationships and information.
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