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Common Sense Leadership

A NEW Voice for ALL Residents of Alachua County.

Alachua County has been consistently a battleground between the extremes of two parties.  We have also been consistently stuck with dysfunction and gridlock.  Isn't it time to chart a new course?  By supporting our campaign and electing a Common-Sense Non-Party Affiliate, you will get a bridge builder who is not beholden to party bosses or special interests.
I am committed to always putting the people throughout the community before a political party. All residents in this community, including all nine municipalities and the unincorporated area deserve a commitment to progress, equity and smart growth.
Now is the time to send a message that ALL Residents matter and bring about change that focuses on both the economy and the environment.

A Declaration of Independents

As growing partisanship threatens to deepen the divide in our county, we join together as political independents to declare five common principles that we believe can unite new movement to repair our politics and restore the American dream for future generations:

First, we put the public interest ahead of any partisan or special interest.
Government should represent “We, the people” — not the party leaders or those who can buy access to power. As independents, we believe good governance is about rising above petty partisanship and putting the people first.

Second, we use common sense and find common ground to solve problems.
We reject today’s zero sum politics and desire to work together with Democrats and Republicans in an inclusive and civil manner to get things done. As independents, we think for ourselves, understand different perspectives, follow the facts, identify root causes, offer new ideas, and make logical decisions.

Third, we stand for the timeless values of opportunity, equality, and stewardship.
We want to empower every citizen to realize their full potential, uphold equal rights for all under the law, and ultimately leave a stronger community for the next generation. As independents, we believe in both fiscal and environmental responsibility.

Fourth, we champion competition, transparency, and accountability in politics.
We seek to rebuild the trust citizens have in government by holding ourselves to the highest standards of honor and honesty and by fixing the broken incentives that contribute to political dysfunction. As independents, we support reforms to ensure our political process truly represents the people — including the way we draw district lines, fund campaigns, and run elections.

Fifth, we believe in the shared responsibility of civic engagement.
We understand it is our civic duty to be informed and engaged on important issues. As independents, we encourage increased citizen participation in our political process and in service to our country.

Issues

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Cost of Living

All of Alachua County’s citizens should be able to participate in the American dream.

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Public Safety

Preserving our quality of life requires an effective and efficient public safety apparatus.

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Creating Jobs

Jobs are the base of a thriving community.

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Transportation

Expanded transportation infrastructure enables economic growth and provides relief from traffic congestion.

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Environment

Our natural environment contributes to both our quality of life and our economic prowess.

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People before Politics

Our government should help our economy thrive, spend our money wisely, and give people a fair shot to achieve the American dream.

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Endorsements

“Scott Costello has a vision for the continued growth progress of Alachua County that is inclusive of all citizens, and with a particular focus on our youth. I am proud to endorse his candidacy for the Alachua County Commission.”

-Portia L. Taylor, former Vice President, Santa Fe College

“Scott is a successful businessman who has shown selfless dedication to our community through his involvement in countless local charities. Scott has a genuine concern for people, his election will bring needed balance and reason to the Alachua County Commission.”

-Brittany H. Lee, Vice President, Florida Blue Farms

About Scott Costello

Scott Costello has lived in Alachua County for nearly 30 years. He moved to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida, and has since developed a successful business.