Stuart Vice Mayor Troy McDonald is the first candidate entering the 2018 County Commission race. He is seeking the District 2 seat currently held by Ed Fielding, who declined to comment Wednesday of whether he would run for re-election.
Two core issues play a part in McDonald's bid: St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon pollution and All Aboard Florida.
McDonald said he wants to work on the septic-to-sewer conversion at a county level and create changes economically.
As for All Aboard Florida, McDonald said the county has done a good job fighting AAF. "We just need to not forget that the way big companies win [the lawsuit] just gets drawn out for a long time," he commented.
"We know from a recent court case there's been an issue with transparency. As far as public records, I think that public records need to be readily available to residents, [the] press and whoever requests them," he added, referring to a lawsuit against Martin county that was engaged in a "pattern of non-compliance and lack of diligence."
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