County Commission
District 2 Democratic

Sylvia Sharps

  • Age: 53
  • City: West Palm Beach
  • Family: Engaged, one child
  • Education: Bachelor's degree
  • Bachelor's degree in business education, Tampa College (1984)
    • Recent job: Education director (2017-present)
  • Education director (2017-present)
  • Estimation/outreach coordinator (2015-2017)
  • Grant writer/outreach coordinator/secretary (2014-2015)
  • Volunteer counselor (1990-present)
  • Previous races

    This candidate has not previously run for office.

    Committees appointed to and serving on

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    Briefly highlight your key campaign issues and positions.
    Public Education, companies paying higher wages and affordable housing are critical. Without youth and working adults receiving he education that they need to be able to either fill the positions that pay higher wages, then the access to affordable housing will be almost null and void. My other concern is the Agriculture Reserve; I do not support any development in this area or any land swaps.
    Do you support growth in your community?
    How competitors responded:
    Please explain your position on growth.
    Growth plans have to include alternative modes of transportation in order for the citizens to have reduced commuting costs, less stress and better parking. They also have to include more consideration of the availability and use of potable water for the citizens in this county.
    Should Palm Beach County and the Solid Waste authority keep race-conscious programs that help women and minority-owned firms get government business?
    How competitors responded:
    Please explain your position on race-conscious programs.
    While I do recognize that Palm Beach County and Florida overall has a history of not awarding contracts to minorities or women owned businesses, I do not want to receive a contract or a job because I am a black woman; I want to be considered and hired or awarded based on my skills and abilities. I believe that we should review the process and look at other counties/states and how they have overcome this problem to determine our best choice to eliminate this issue.
    Should Palm Beach County raise its fee on developers to build affordable housing?
    How competitors responded:
    Please explain your position on Palm Beach County's affordable housing fee.
    If we really want to offer affordable housing to our citizens, then it is imperative to review and lower our fees.
    If the homestead exemption is increased in November, should your community compensate by raising the property tax rate?
    How competitors responded:
    Explain your position on the tax rate change.
    We cannot keep taxing our citizens because erroneous decisions are being made in Tallahassee. We have to educate our citizens and actually initiate that education in collaboration with all of the counties throughout Florida so that people will be aware of the true costs if this exemptions passes. Raising taxes should be our last option.
    Do you believe sea-level rise is a threat to Palm Beach County?
    How competitors responded:
    Explain your position on sea-level rise affecting the county.
    According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, "because of melting ice sheets and how oceans circulate, there’s a chance South Florida’s sea level could be 3 feet higher by 2060 and as much as 8 feet by 2100." While this may not affect us right now, what about our children and grand children? We have to determine what can be done to plan for these inevitable changes.

    Competitors for this race

    Emmanuel G. Morel

    Gregg Weiss

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