Saturday, March 16, 2019

Muntz, Kochman honored for civic advocacy

Control Growth Now is very pleased to honor  activists Kindra Muntz and Sura Kochman as our Citizens of the Year for 2019.  They will be recognized at our March 23 annual meeting and will share remarks with us at that time.

Kindra Muntz

Kindra Muntz is president of the Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections, a nonpartisan grassroots organization that promotes verifiable elections, campaign finance reform, media reform and redistricting.  In 2018 SAFE sponsored the Single Member Districts  initiative to change Sarasota County Commission elections from at-large to single member  districts.

A graduate of Harvard University, Kindra worked in management for 18 years at the Aircraft  Engine Division of General Electric Company, and five years as a retail broker at Merrill Lynch, before retiring to Florida in 1998.

In 2006, she formed the Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections that led a petition drive for paper ballots and spot-check audits of voting machine counts to ensure accurate elections. The  referendum passed in 2006, led to statewide    legislation in 2007, and  after being overturned by the Florida Secretary of State, was validated by the Florida Supreme Court in 2010.  Kindra and three other co-founders of the Florida Voters Coalition won the 2008 Nelson Poynter Civil    Liberties Award of the ACLU for their work for voters’ rights.

Kindra is President of Unitarian Universalist Justice Florida, a statewide faith-based organization that works with interfaith and secular partners for justice, equity and compassion in public policy. Their core issues in 2018 are Environmental Justice, Democracy in Action, and Public Health and Safety.

Sura Kochman

For the past four years, Sura Kochman has strived to ensure that the Benderson development known as Siesta Promenade, located at the Stickney Point/US 41 intersection, is done in a compatible manner with the surrounding residential neighborhoods and retail establishments. She has led hundreds in the effort to keep the development from being detrimental to the quality of life, health, safety and welfare, and not cause undue hardship for anyone wishing to  access  Siesta Key.  Although  special favors for the development were approved by the County Commission over strong objections, Sura is leading a legal challenge in court.

Sura was born and raised in Sarasota and graduated from Riverview High School.  She graduated cum laude from Florida State University with a B.S. degree in Risk Management and worked for Crum and Forster as  large lines commercial     underwriter, which eventually brought her to New Jersey, where she  subsequently met her husband Harry and had two sons.

Sura was on the board of directors of the YMHA in Wayne, NJ for 13 years, Cubscouts Cubmaster and President of the YMHA for three years.   She also was on the executive board of Shomrei     Torah synagogue. Sura was appointed to the Wayne, NJ Planning Board and was on the Board for 10 years, and chairman for nine of those years.

Sura and her husband and live full time in her childhood home in the Pine Shores neighborhood.

You Are Cordially Invited to Attend
Control Growth Now's 
30th Anniversary
Potluck Picnic and Annual Meeting

Open to the Public -- No Charge
Saturday, March 23
Colonial Oaks Park
5300 Colonial Oaks Blvd, Sarasota

Honoring Citizens of the Year
Kindra Muntz and Sura Kochman
Women of Action

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