Our community has completed the first two years of this decade. The Year 2013 may be what will define whether we consider the decade a good one or not. The Winners & Losers bureau of the Independent News media, entertainment and slacker empire has figured out whom we should all be watching in 2013.
The at-large Pensacola City Councilman won his race by a landslide, beating the Council President Sam Hall. The expectations are high and many see him as a likely opponent to Mayor Ashton Hayward in 2014.
District 5 is a tough district. Few county commissioners survive more than one term. Barry could often be the swing vote between Gene Valentino-Wilson Robertson and Grover Robinson-Lumon May. The pressure from the contractors and developers will be intense.
For the first time in five decades, Escambia County has a new clerk of courts. There is little margin for mistakes with the court system and county records. She also has to keep an eye on the county expenditures as the county comptroller. We’ve heard rumblings that the transition hasn’t been smooth.
Marcus Brian Cooper
The new Director of the Neighborhood Services for the city of Pensacola has the challenge of providing the same quality of service for both the east and west sides of the city. People are expecting more and more from their park and recreations departments.
Dr. John Lanza
The director of the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County has seen his budget cut while our health conditions continue to deteriorate. People are asking, “How can we have four great hospitals—Baptist, Navy, Sacred Heart and West Florida—yet have so many health issues?” Someone has to take lead.
The rumor is the Deputy Superintendent for the Escambia County School District will retire this year. He is the highest ranked African-American in the school district and little has been done to groom a successor. If Ross retires, the district doesn’t have any African-Americans in the wings to promote.
The new Santa Rosa Supervisor of Elections must rebuild the public trust after the disastrous November general election, which had the entire nation waiting for Santa Rosa County to post online any of its results. Might we suggest a more advanced, user-friendly website?