As a candidate there are so many great groups and meetings that you want to be able to attend. Often finding the time and arranging your schedule to be at all of them is impossible. I get invites from a lot of different groups. Groups that want to talk to me about how they want to see improvements and changes in Pasco County. So I have to be a master in Time Management because I have not figured out how to clone myself yet.
I have to divide my time and work on where I can and cannot be. It takes coordination with who will be with my daughter if she cannot attend and how long I can stay at one event. It takes a lot of determination and the ability to listen and step up when I am there. I have found that the people of Pasco want to see the change happen. They want to see the improvements come to Pasco that they have been promised for years. They know that I am the person to help make this happen. I am honored by all of the groups that reach out to me and when I am elected, I will not hide until election year. I will be seen and I will be there for the people of Pasco.
A lot of people do not realize that in order to get an endorsement you have to raise a certain amount of money for some of them. I currently have 2 pending endorsements if I cross the finish line of raising a certain amount of money. I have been very fortunate that so many people are willing to work with me on my campaign. They are willing to knock on doors and they are willing to volunteer and some are willing to donate. Any donation does help. It helps with getting the word out about my campaign and it helps with getting my name on the ballot. I am very close to having my name officially on the ballot. It is because of all the volunteers and all of the people that believe in my campaign that this is possible. If it were not for them and their support I would not be here today.
If you want to volunteer let me know. If you can donate please do. If you think you know someone that wants to donate, share my link with them. Getting the money does matter because I need to buy literature, lawn signs, mailers, and campaign materials. Also I need to get the official endorsements of some of the groups. It is amazing the amount of grassroots support that I get from people. It is also amazing when I hear that people are talking about my campaign. The word of mouth about me is great. I cannot believe the County wide support that I am receiving just on word of mouth. So Thank you all for your constant support and if you can please share my donation link and help make this campaign grow. https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/311392/brandi-geoit
Yesterday I was out at the Dade City Fair participating in the Celebrity Cow Milking Contest, because I understand the importance of supporting the agriculture business in Pasco. My opponent was not there but he sent a sign. I know that he is busy following my page and my campaign. I also find it funny that he had to send a rebuttal email to the Suncoast news about the Serenova Preserve. His email goes on about how we need this road for hurricane evacuation which is not true and how the Preserve was set aside with the intention of building a road. Which is also not true. The fact that we have wasted millions over 20 years lobbying for a road to nowhere. Money we could have spent fixing our infrastructure, working to get good paying jobs here to relieve our traffic issues, money we could have spent elsewhere. Instead we continue to waste money and time lobbying for a road that the County Commissioners promised to a developer. A road that will go through a nature preserve and destroy the environment that we are trying to protect. Land that was set aside because of the environmental impact done by the Suncoast Parkway. Land that was promised to the citizen’s of Pasco. A road that we have no idea how much it will cost the citizen’s and a road that we continue to pay a lobbyist for every month.
We need fresh ideas for our traffic solutions. I know that they are looking at “underground intersections” as a time wasting tactic. When it would make more sense to look into light rail and expanding our bus program to alleviate some of the traffic issues. It would also make more sense to get jobs here that make people able to stay here for work, but then again we would also need to actually pay the county employees what they have already been promised. Our constant refusal to look at logical solutions is what has brought to where we are in Pasco. Then again I work here and live here and talk to all of the people here, not all of us can be out fishing all day.
I had an interview with the AP of Florida, which was picked up by the Washington Post and the New York Times. I was interviewed while out walking the Sernova with the group trying to protect it and was then on Bay News 9. Talking about why we need to protect the Serenova. I then went to the breakfast at Gulf Harbors Civic Association and helped them bus some tables. I have been out knocking on doors and talking to a lot of voters. The more people I talk to the more momentum this campaign gets. So today I will be out at the Dade City Fair. I will be milking a cow. I will be in the Celebrity Cow Milking Contest. So come on out and cheer me on. I have not milked a cow in over 30 years, so lets see if I still have it.
The other day I was contacted by the Associated Press reporter Tamara Lush about doing an interview with her about Galentine’s Day and the Metoo movement. I introduced her to Kelly Smith and we interviewed together. Last night the AP story went live and we have now seen our faces and our words in print in The New York Times and the Washington Post. This is amazing. My campaign has received national attention twice this month. It is amazing that I am not elected yet and I have put Pasco County elections in the national spotlight. Think about what I will do when I am elected. It is because of the amazing support of all of the people of Pasco that my campaign has been growing in momentum. I run into people on the street and they say that they have heard about me. People are talking about his campaign and that is great. People are out there talking about the fact that I spotlight the issues. That I am not afraid to call a duck a duck. The fact that our County Commissioners continue to be funded by developers and mining companies and do nothing to help the citizen’s is a huge part of the issue. When i talk to the citizen’s of Pasco I always here that to them it is great that they have a candidate that is actually like them. A candidate that has worked for minimum wage and has had to struggle. A candidate that lives on a budget and knows that it is hard to find babysitters on a short notice. A candidate that has compassion and cares about the people that live here. A candidate that has always been there and is not just showing up now for photo opportunities. I am not afraid to talk to the press. I know that they are there to give out the information so anytime that they want to put me on tv or in the news, I say yes. I am not afraid to call out our legislators for not paying attention to the people. I know that we are going to change the way that Pasco County Government is run and I know that I will be there for the people of Pasco and I appreciate all of the support that the people here are giving me. So thank you to the media outlets and thank you to all of the donors and volunteers to my campaign.
I know that when I search Pasco Proud on twitter the images are not the best. It talks about things in Pasco that some of us do not want to talk about. they have started a new initiative to change the #Pascoproud and this time it is about illegal dumping. We need to work on ways to clean up the illegal dumping in Pasco. I saw it a lot in this neighborhood after Irma, when it took the county a long time to get out here and pick up the debris. The debris laying around was used by people to go around dumping couches and tv’s and other pieces of furniture on unsuspecting Pasco residents. I know some of the residents did this but I am certain my 80 year old neighbor did not drag 8 couches out to the curb with her walker. We have a problem here but we do not have solutions for it. Maybe we need to open up a day a month for people to put things out to the curb for the county to pick up. This would eliminate the number of people dumping couches out and about and clean up the issues with blight. How much would that cost the County? Is this something that we could even do. We all have a lot of elderly neighbors that cannot take furniture out of their homes let alone drive it to the dump, would this help them with getting rid of items? Maybe have a alternating months. One month for furniture, one month for electronics, and one month for chemicals. This would eliminate a lot of the issues that we are having. These are all good questions that we should be asking the county. We should ask them and make ourselves #pascoproud
Tourism is a big industry in Florida and in Pasco we need those dollars. We need those dollars to help clean up our issues with water pollution that constantly closes our beaches which limits our tourists. We need those dollars to fix the flooding along the West Side which limits the amount of tourists we see and increases our issues with blight. We need those dollars to improve the quality of life for all of the people of Pasco County.
I get why my opponent wants Scalloping back, he is a charter boat captain and this will benefit him, but are we prepared for this season in Pasco? Do we have the accommodations or the clean water that tourists want? It becomes a question of what comes first the chicken or the egg? I also find it odd that my opponent could not actually speak to the press and instead sent a text message. What was he doing at the time of the interview?
Yes Tourism is a good business for Pasco but are we prepared for what the tourists will see when they get here?
As I watch the legislation that made it past the House in Florida to cut the power of the Unions, I am reminded of our history. The History that a lot of people seem to forget. I was raised in a very unionized family. My dad is a retired UAW worker, 2 of my Aunts and an Uncle are retired UAW, my great-grandmother was in the teachers union, and several family members were in different unions for working in grocery stores. The unions brought to us fair wages, collective bargaining, paid time off, and holiday pay. A lot of current workers do not realize the strength that unions do have. The fought to get us safe working conditions. They fought to get fair pay. They fought to make sure that employers could not mistreat employees. Unions have brought a voice to the workers.
We currently have legislation that might pass that will take away the power that people have to organize and become one united voice. What people forget is that one voice can be ignored but a multitude of voices cannot be ignored. The power that collective bargaining has is amazing. I have sat with one of the local unions during their bargaining session and watched as the HR director and the people there were rude and disrespectful and refused to listen to the workers. If this is how they treat people during raises, how do they treat them everyday? The fact that we lose people often to counties that pay better is an issue. We waste time training new employees and wages because we have to train people. When if we paid them a fair wage we would not be losing our staff as often as we do. This was even said during the BOCC that we need to give a raise because of this. Yet when the raise was approved at 4 percent, HR is fighting to make it only 2 percent and possible merit based pay. Here is the issue. When you promise 4 percent you give 4 percent. Not 2 percent and maybe 4 percent. That is not bring the current employees up to where they need to be. I understand that we have budget shortfalls in certain areas of the county. Like our Parks being 14 million behind in maintenance because our budget to fix them is only 9 million. We will continue to see these shortfalls as our equipment continues to break or the plumbing or the electrical fails, but that is something the BOCC should have been looking at and planning for.
So if you can please call your current Legislators and tell them that this bill does not represent the people of Florida. The many unions that we have here help all of the people. The better wages means that people can afford to spend money here in the county. It means that people can save for their kids to go to college. It means that they can buy and invest in their homes. The main thing that unions help with, is they help to combat poverty. Something that we have a lot of here in Pasco. If we want to improve the quality of life for the people here, we need to stand up and say enough is enough. Stand up to help our unions and to protect them. https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2018/02/09/florida-house-passes-major-education-bill-including-union-busting-measure-for-teachers
I am glad that we are taking precautions in case of an act of terrorism such as what happened at Pulse. It is good that they will be at the County buildings. I feel that they should also be at the schools and also at the local bars and restaurants. This is in response to what happened at Pulse. A horrible mass shooting fueled by hatred. We should be asking that these kits be distributed not just to the County buildings but to all of the County. These kits should be kept in our Parks, our Libraries, our Schools, our Bars, and any of our campgrounds. It breaks my heart that we have to worry about incidents like this. I don’t think that these kits should just be with the AEDs that we have. These kits should be put everywhere that people go to. As a society no one wants mass shootings like Pulse to happen but we need to start preparing for what happens if they do. We need to be aware of how to take care of a wound and how to do basic first aid. Do we start teaching this in schools? Do we start showing our children how to take care of people when they are injured? With what we have going on today we might have to. I do not want any tragedy like this to happen anywhere but it is good to be prepared for when it does happen. So we need to be aware of where these kits will be throughout the County.
I hope that we never have to use these kits but it is a good start having them in case something happens.
The neighbors by the mines are still fighting it from coming in. They are in need of support. They want to protect their property, their families and their water. We cannot keep permitting things in the county that directly impact the citizens. So if you can help in any way please reach out to the community. You can take a look at their petition and contact them through there.