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State and Local Ballot Questions at October Lunch


Medical marijuana, conservation lands, judicial appointments, school taxes and the Children’s Services Council – these are all topics about which you will be asked to decide on the November ballot.

Come to our October lunch for a description of the questions and their implications, along with speakers who will represent each side of the issues. We will have handouts, and an opportunity to mingle with the proponents/opponents and get your questions answered.

After a brief description of the ballot questions and the implications of a “yes” or “no” vote on each from moderator Fred Scheibl, we will have a set of speakers present their arguments in favor or opposed to some of the issues.

In favor of Amendment 2, Medical Marijuana, we will have Eric Stevens Finance Director for United for Care, a Florida PAC. Speaking against it will be Virginia Brooks of the PBC Faith and Freedom Coalition.

On the county questions, Thomas Weber, board member of the Children’s Services Council will speak in favor of the CSC reauthorization, with a rebuttal given by former GOP Chairman Sid Dinerstein.

Former County Commissioner Karen Marcus, a long-time supporter of the county school system will be on hand to support the continuation of the .25 mil special property tax for education in the arts, with Sid also providing the opposing view.

The 2014 ballot will not be as long and involved as that of 2012, but the questions are important. Join us and be informed!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Program Noon – 1PM, Buffet starts at 11:45AM
Bear Lakes Country Club
1901 Village Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33409

$20/Members $25/Guests

Pay at the door (RSVP “No Shows” will be invoiced.)

Make sure you submit your RSVP in advance by clicking on our link below:

or by emailing info@gopclubpb.org, or by calling 561-855-0749.
Please respect Club rules: Cell Phones Silenced, Business Casual Attire, Please No Jeans
Republican Club of the Palm Beaches
PO Box 2585
West Palm Beach, FL 33402
(561) 855-0749

Eric Stevens is the Finance director for United for Care and he has been working with the campaign since July of 2013. He received a scholarship from the University of Miami in 2009 to start his pursuit of bringing medical marijuana laws to the state of Florida. He has worked to help his home state of Massachusetts pass medical marijuana with 63% of the vote in November of 2012, and he also worked to get the city of Miami Beach to place a straw ballot question about medical marijuana before their voters in November 2013.
Virginia Brooks is a founder of the Palm Beach County Faith and Freedom Coalition. A proponent of traditional values, Virginia is active in many local grassroots organizations, including the Republican Club of the Palm Beaches. She retired from being an associate professor of English at Palm Beach State College, and is also an interpreter for the deaf at her church.
Thomas Weber, is the President/CEO of Arbitration Resolution Services, Inc. and a founding principal and President at Aquila Property Company, Inc. Mr. Weber previously served as chairman of the Education Foundation of Palm Beach and currently is a board member of the Education Foundation and the Junior Achievement of Palm Beach and Treasure Coast Board. He also was a member of the Business Development Board, the Education Commission and the Economic Council of Palm Beach County.
Sid Dinerstein was Chairman of the Palm Beach County GOP for 10 years until 2012 and remains very influential in local politics. Retired entrepreneur, author, radio host, a county spokesman for lower taxes and smaller budgets, Sid’s impact on Palm Beach County has been considerable.
Karen Marcus represented District 1 on the County Commission for 28 years until term-limited in 2012. A friend of the environment and mostly responsible for the parks and greenspace we enjoy in Palm Beach County, she has been active in many local issues since leaving office and has been a supporter of the county schools.

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