2020 » Madeira Beach » Madeira Beach Mayor » Presidential Primary and Municipal Election
Gary L. Hughes
% of Votes
Fla State Certified Roofing Contractor
Holyoke Community College, Massachusetts 1962-64 Univ of Massachusetts, Amherst 1964 East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles, CA 1965-1966
Coastal Conservation Assn, Board of Directors
All candidates in this race were asked the same questions by the League of Women Voters.
What do see as the Mayor's unique leadership role on the Commission? What in your personal or professional experience distinguishes you from your opponent and makes you the better choice for Madeira Beach voters? (400 character limit)
As a successful owner and manager of my own business, I understand the value of customer care and meeting the needs of your customer. This is very similar to being a public servant of your community. As the next Mayor of Madeira Beach, I will lead and with a listening ear on the issues that matter most to my constituents and work together on solutions that will continue moving the city forward.
In the past three years, several high-profile city administrative positions have seen high turnover. If elected, how will you work with the City Commission and other leadership to demonstrate to voters that their city government can professionally and effectively manage City affairs? (400 character limit)
Our employees are valuable resources. From my experience, empowering our city employees while holding them accountable is the motivator to improve morale and move forward as a team. It's important to promote and ensure there is thorough communication through the city offices. We all want our city to remain a great place to live, and it is important the work environment reflects those values.
Climate change and the associated increase in extreme weather is considered one of the top issues for the state of Florida. Considering the city's economic dependence on tourism, what actions should the City Commission take to protect its fragile shorelines, improve resiliency and promote sustainable economic development? (400 character limit)
Our city govt must take an active role in the Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Coalition in order to study and prepare for environmental issues that will affect all coastal communities. Recent improvements to roadways, infrastructure & installation of check valves on Boca Ciega Ave/Dr along with slated improvements to other areas including Crystal Island, are steps in the right direction.
Commissioners recently decided to remove building height restrictions from the ordinance that regulates planned development projects. Would you support revisiting this decision and reinstating height restrictions on future development? Please explain.(400 character limit)
Many developments in Madeira Beach have already been approved and are moving forward. Looking to the future, the mayor and commissioners must work together to protect the vision for our city.
What are your top two priorities for the city? What actions will you take to address each priority within your first six months in office? (Your response may expand on a previous answer or relate to a new topic) (400 character limit)
My campaign slogan for my candidacy is "Integrity F.I.R.S.T." This stands for: F - Fiscal responsibility I - Impeccable leadership R - Respect for all S - Sustainable environment T - Transparency I want to see our city in the limelight for positives and remove the negativity that has become so prevalent. My leadership style is my strength, I will work diligently for the voters of Madeira Beach.