CFAR’s core mission is removing barriers to access & representation.
Better representation starts with Neighborhood Home Rule.
Home Rule helps elect city commissioners who support neighborhood issues.
CFAR is working to give all neighborhoods a stronger voice on the Winter Park City Commission.
We support changing WP to a Neighborhood Home Rule (NHR) voting system. We have submitted an NHR Single Member District Charter Amendment to the WP City Commission.
Click HERE to read the amendment.
What is Neighborhood Home Rule?
Neighborhood Home Rule (NHR) divides the city into several voting districts.
This system amplifies the voting power of every neighborhood because a district commissioner is elected only by the citizens living in each district.
Many cities vote this way — including Orlando.
NHR is also known as “Single Member District” voting.
Winter Park currently votes “At-Large” — a system that suppresses voter representation. It’s a key reason we have been unable to elect an African-American to office since 1887.
Neighborhood Home Rule = Better Representation
NHR/Single-Member District (SMD) voting is well-established in Florida.
Many years ago, Florida’s Attorney General advised a Florida city commission to consider the value of SMD:
“Given the tendency of at-large electoral schemes to unconstitutionally minimize the vote of racial or political elements of the population, and […] make legislative representatives more remote from their constituents,” the Supreme Court of the United States has expressed a preference for single-member district plans [because] “… at-large plans tend to impair fair representation and impede access to the political process.”
JOIN US in supporting a fair vote that empowers all of us – including the West Side, which could have its first real chance in 133 years to elect a person of color to the commission.
HELPED FOUND & BUILD
In 1887, community leaders needed help from Winter Park’s African-American citizens to establish Winter Park as a legally-recognized city. Gus Henderson and other African-Americans answered the call and marched across the railroad tracks to vote to enable Winter Park to become an incorporated city.
At the same time, two African-American men were elected to positions as city Aldermen. Their terms of office ended in 1893, 127 years ago.
Since that 1887 vote, African-Americans continued to build & serve this city, but were never again elected to office in Winter Park.
WINTER PARKERS NEED
A STRONGER VOICE
AT CITY HALL
CFAR supports removing barriers to citizen access & representation. Neighborhood Home Rule brings our elected leaders closer to the people they serve.
- Put Neighborhood Home Rule/SMD voting on the ballot. Let Winter Parkers vote to increase Commission accountability.
- Create a Neighborhood Advocacy Board to protect citizen interests in hearings & staff meetings.
- Create a Citizen Advisory Group to guide leaders & staff in increasing diversity at city hall.
- Schedule Commission & board meetings at times when working people can attend.
- Eliminate city rules preventing citizens from questioning commissioners & board members at meetings.
- Upgrade & permanently expand video coverage of Commission & board meetings.
City hall should spend more time & money improving the Quality of Life of WP citizens & neighborhoods — and less on developers and Chamber of Commerce priorities.
- Partner with community groups to create affordable housing options for low & moderate income citizens, including seniors.
- Create low-cost or free transportation options for seniors and other citizens who need transit assistance.
- Allocate funding for a community-based Resource Hub including an African American Business Co-op.
- Create community-centered development in Hannibal Square by including a K-8 grade school for local families.
Winter Park’s existing CRA funds can help support these initiatives. CFAR supports using CRA money more for its intended purpose — which is to meet the essential needs of low and moderate income neighborhoods — and less for tourist-oriented retail infrastructure & beautification projects.
WINTER PARK FAMILIES
Help us focus city hall on its top priority: Protecting the Quality of Life of WP families.
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