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Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson Qualifies for FL District 10 Seat: She Will Be On the Ballot

"Merrillee" Malwitz-Jipson on the Sante Fe River this past Tuesday evening. (Observer Photo)

COLUMBIA COUNTY, FL – Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson, "Just call me Merrillee," businesswoman and water advocate, has successfully qualified for Elizabeth Porter's District 10 term-limited seat in all Counties: Alachua, Baker, Columbia, Hamilton, and Suwannee Counties. Ms. Malwitz-Jipson is running with No Party Affiliation (NPA) and her petitions were collected by enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers from all parties.

Ms. Malwitz-Jipson told the Observer, "All of District 10's counties are within the high recharge area for the Floridan aquifer, the very heart of the aquifer system in Florida. If we don't protect the aquifer, we are in trouble."

Ms. Malwitz-Jipson is a long time advocate for clean water, sustainable growth and development with an emphasis on a creative economy. She said she will represent District 10 in a manner that is consistent with her past experiences.

Ms. Malwitz-Jipson is a leader in assisting communities to protect their natural resources through attention and engagement in public meetings and workshops with residents who live and work in our community.

Ms. Malwitz-Jipson said, “District 10 is the springs' heartland of Florida. The District lies within the middle and upper Suwannee River, the lower Santa Fe River, the Ichetucknee River."

She continued, "Our natural systems are directly connected to the health of our residents, communities and economy. I have been concerned for over a decade that the coastal communities will be moving in and up. State leadership must prepare and create a vision and action on how we stay sustainable, for now and for future generations, with respect to future growth.”

She concluded, "People from all over the world come to District 10 to experience Florida's springs. I am the candidate with a proven record of protecting what people in the District and from all over the world consider a natural treasure."

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On May 24, 2018 Jim Tatum of Fort White, FL wrote:

Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson is a refreshing face in District 10. We need to break from the Good ole' boy mode into someone who will listen to her constituents and who has a genuine interest in improving life in North Florida. We have here a candidate who spends all her time working for the people and the environment. She goes to government meetings and brings facts and suggestions. She does research and she talks to people. Florida desperately needs Merrillee in Tallahassee to begin the trend away from selling our water resources to industry. She is a No Party Affiliation and does not have party backing. Please support her candidacy. She is the best possible choice.

Jim Tatum Ph.D.


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