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Winners & Losers 6/20/13

Winners
Patty Hightower
The Escambia County School Board member representing District 4 has been installed as president of the Florida School Boards Association. Hightower has served on the board since 2004. She is also a past President of the Florida PTA.
The Florida School Boards Association is the voice of its member school boards working closely with governmental, educational and community agencies to improve education in Florida.

Nathan Green
The founder and CEO of The Green-Simmons Company, Inc. recently initiated a $35,000 fundraising challenge, where he has committed to match every dollar donated, up to $35,000, toward the University of West Florida’s Community Outreach Research and Education Initiative (C.O.R.E.), which creates opportunities for the UWF Building Construction Program to improve construction education throughout the Pensacola area. The funds raised during Green’s challenge will go toward the advancement of the proposed renovation of Building 80, the home of the C.O.R.E Initiative.

FamiliesFirst Network
The Lakeview Center agency is the recipient of the Presidential Award given by the Junior League of Pensacola. FamiliesFirst Network is the lead agency in a network responsible for providing foster care and related services to children who have experienced abuse or neglect in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties.

Losers
Gene Valentino
It appears the District 2 commissioner is destined to battle Sheriff David Morgan. The Escambia County Commissioner displays a remarkable inability to discern friend from foe, expert from scam artist. Rather than work with Sheriff Morgan, Valentino chose to seek counsel on the county jail’s future from Ron McNesby, his goons and a convicted felon. We can’t make this stuff up.

George Touart
His favorite line is “I would never lie to you.” My dad told me that anybody who starts his conversations with such a statement is lying. It’s time to pull the plug on the Touart experiment and bring a professional to run the county. Touart now has his pension. Adios, Georgie.

Ashton Hayward
In his 2012 State of the City address, the Pensacola mayor let it be known that he wanted to own the former Main Street Sewage Treatment plant across from the Maritime Park. On Jan. 29, he sent a letter asking ECUA for the right of first refusal. Twenty-two days later, he rescinded the request. Oops, he must have reconciled the city bank statements and found that he didn’t have $5,000 to bind the deal. Perception met reality.