Today on Context Florida: condo associations, House District 100, George Shelton and tools to learn

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Today on Context Florida:

It’s political season, and candidates are telling us about their valuable education and experience in the military, business and government, all reasons we should make them our leaders. But Mark O’Brien wants someone who was part of a homeowner’s association, someone who has been in the trenches, doing battle in a condo association where people with competing values duke it out on a regular basis.

The race for House District 100 offers Democrats an opportunity, says Daniel Tilson. John Paul Alvarez, the Democrat running for state representative in HD 100, faces three opponents. Two are candidates. The third is the Florida political system itself.

Stephen Goldstein sat down recently for a Q&A session with George Sheldon, who is campaigning for the Democratic nomination for Florida Attorney General. If he wins, he will face Pam Bondi, the current AG, in November.

As each new school year begins, Catherine Durkin Robinson notes that frazzled parents are doing more than searching for specific pencils and the right kinds of notebooks. They are supplying children with the tools they need to learn. The more parents who are involved in their kids’ education, the better off we all are.

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