Joe has earned the respect and endorsements of the Bradenton Herald, Herald Tribune, Pro Life Endorsed, Sierra Club and the Manatee Coalition for Responsible Government . Read what they had to say!
The Herald recommends: Joe McClash, Manatee County Commission, Dist. 7
Longtime Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash has strong institutional knowledge of local government and budgets...The board of commissioners should represent a broad range of views, and McClash doesn't mince words when expressing his policy positions .... McClash has championed environmental protections that have spared the county from various forms of pollution; for example, he successfully led the fight to prevent Florida Power & Light from burning a dirty and controversial fuel known as Orimulsion at its Parrish plant.
He also embraced greater protections for wetlands and the establishment of nature preserves.
Long a proponent of Port Manatee and its economic potential, McClash led the way on the creation of the Port Encouragement Zone several years ago. The zone provides landowners near the port with incentives to develop their properties with projects that boost the economy and port. Impact fee exemptions and accelerated county permitting are among those incentives. With the conclusion of the Berth 12 dredging project last year, Port Manatee's $200 million decade-long expansion became reality -- putting the port in position to win shipping business once widening of the Panama Canal is complete, and create jobs in the process.
McClash helped produce this prized economic opportunity. During the boom years when county revenue increased, he backed a conservative fiscal policy that banked a large amount of money and enabled the county to weather the economic downturn better than some. Even after adding such assets as the judicial and emergency operations centers, the county's budget stabilization fund remains in good shape for the near future. That foresight spared the county from deeper pain.
Today, McClash is focused on urban redevelopment and revitalizing older neighborhoods as a way to increase taxable values and reduce crime -- prudent measures to improve the quality of life. ..., his many accomplishments outweigh his shortcomings.
Herald Tribune recommends Joe McClash County Commissioner Distrcit 7
He has been popular with voters and maintained a populist persona -- in large part because of his stances on development and environmental protection. He supports other forms of economic development, namely business growth near Port Manatee, and the need to encourage redevelopment rather than sprawling development.
McClash was often the lone dissenting vote but recently has attracted support from two other commissioners. The division that comes with 4-3 votes can be disconcerting, but in recent elections voters have sought checks and balances.
Sierra Club Announces Local Endorsements - McClash gets lone nod in August 14 primary
The Sarasota/Manatee chapter of the Sierra Club has announced its local endorsements for 2012. The environmental advocacy group selects candidates who they feel will be the strongest environmental advocates based on their positions, backgrounds, and knowledge of environmental issues. The group does not make endorsements in races where no candidate meets their criteria. Incumbent Republican County Commissioner Joe McClash was the lone local candidate on the August 14 primary ballot to be endorsed by the group. In the upcoming primary election, the group has endorsed only one local candidate. In the district 7 Manatee County Commission, Republican Primary race, Sierra Club Sarasota Manatee once again endorsed longtime smart-growth advocate Joe McClash, the incumbent. McClash is a 22-year veteran who has also been a strong and consistent voice in wetland protection, while advocating that developers pay fair impact fees to offset the public costs of growth.