About Sandra Sullivan
I'm was not a politician. I have a track record of working for the people. I don't talk the talk; I walk the walk getting results.
Working For Brevard on Key Issues such as: Fiscal Responsibility, Impact Fees being revised, Accountability, Transparency, No pollution in Save the Lagoon plan, Stopping Toll Roads in Brevard, Critical Evacuation Deficiency central beaches, Military dump under homes in beachside and Cancer causing PFAS
Both my husband and I are hard working everyday people; we both are very fiscally conservative. We own our homes in Brevard with no debt. We drive older cars because they are a highly depreciable asset. It is important to judge candidates by whether they live their values – such as being fiscally conservative. My work ethic has been demonstrated with the plus 3 years working on issues of health and safety concerns in our community. I have demonstrated strength of character and tenacity to get the job done.
Working For Brevard
I don’t talk the talk with promises of what I will do if elected. I have been working for the people of Brevard County – For 4 years I have attended most Brevard County Commission meetings, and many Transportation (TPO), Lagoon, Budget, Budget Review and Tourism (TDC) meetings. I have served on a number of boards including school SAC, and the Restoration Advisory Board for Patrick Space Force Base for several years. The reason I am pursuing County Commission office is I because I could get so much more done as an elected official.
My formal training as a systems analyst, whose strength is strategically looking at problems and solving them, allows me to pursue the global view with the qualifying technical and supporting research. My strengths include reviewing large documents and identifying key points in the context of problems to be solved. When addressing very large volumes of documents each with several hundreds of pages, I am able to evaluate and concisely summarize the issues in order to address problems. This is how I achieved getting the FUDS with the dump under South Patrick Shores, and other local issues.
I have advocated for Brevard residents for fiscal responsibility, accountability and transparency, safety and health of the people and fixing the lagoon. Lots of candidate makes promises, but what have they already done for the people of Brevard? My integrity and work ethic is well known in Brevard County. I have earned the trust of my community and am willing to address difficult, and sometimes inconvenient, issues with an honest assessment without political spin.
What is important for Brevard? The single most important issue is inflation, and increasing taxes. 39% increase in garbage, 33% fire assessment, 46% compounded rate over 5 years for water and sewer, and 22% compounded rate for garbage disposal. Without impact fees adjustments, Brevard residents are going to feel the pain of far more increases as the county puts the burden on the taxpayers of Brevard.
The Space program and of course, the Indian River Lagoon are also important. The health and safety of residents is also important requiring intergovernmental coordination. Advocating for local rule when there is overreach of state and federal government has become all the more important. Hurricane evacuation and resiliency will be issues so protecting wetlands is our greatest protection for flooding. Drinking water will be another increasingly important concern as water shortages are anticipated with Florida growth according to FDEP. Inflation will be another big issue – perhaps biggest issue moving forward especially with Federal spending and likely devaluation of currency. 30% price hikes on services from the County is unsustainable and unacceptable.
How my Work for Brevard Began
I was happily taking care of my family in beautiful Brevard when I started to get involved on social media because of sewage dumps. Then I learned in Summer of 2018 that there was a cancer issues in 32937 beachside. I made the choice to work for my community. Since then, my name has been in the paper numerous times, as I have been active on many issues. Many people know who I am when I tell them I am the lady who lives on the dump beachside, that dug up military waste buried during and after WWII. Thanks to Congressman Posey’s help, we got the Federal designation by USACE for FUDS and $5.8 million to come in and test.
Many know about the higher cancer concerns here; and the work I did to protect our residents. I love the military and the sound of freedom with their aircraft but have concerns about DOD not protecting the lives of our servicemembers, their dependents and our local communities based on the research I have done locally. This also is impacting our precious lagoon and marine life – with PFAS (fire fighting foam) disposed to the lagoon. This is an issue for property
I want share with you – so you have a feel for my character and integrity. I was born in West Germany on British base to Canadian parents and spent much of my childhood moving around from base to base as my dad was in the military. I attended Acadia University for 5 years, studying business and computer science. My career was in the software industry and as a systems analyst solving problems. First with accounting software including large scale project implementations; and later as the leading Java application development framework.
I met my husband, Robert sailing in the Abacos, and in June 2022 will are married 20 years with 3 beautiful children. He is a professional engineer. I became a naturalized American citizen in 2010. My husband also grew up in a military family with his dad and mom having served in WWII. Both his family and our siblings were also active military. It is a part of who we are; so it is no surprise that we chose Brevard to buy a home close to Patrick Air Force Base – a modest 1300 sq foot home that needed a lot of work to make livable. Family values are important to us. I stopped working after the birth of my second child and dedicated myself to being a fulltime mom during our children’s formative years. We bought the house next to my house when the market was low – – to be able to have my Dad age in place – he is 86 years old. For quite a bit of my kids’ education, I homeschooled them. Our kids are now 15, 17 and 19 years old.
My commitment is to be a commissioner that will listen to the people. Please share with me your concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call.
I hope to see you at one of my upcoming Meet and Greets.
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