TiAnna M. Hale
TiAnna Hale is a 41-year-old resident of Winter Springs and is the incumbent for the position of Winter Springs City Commissioner District 4. She currently serves as a caregiver for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and was recognized by the Florida League of Cities with the Home Rule Hero Award for her work during the 2022 legislative session.
Hale’s platform focuses on responsible growth, with issues such as limiting the amount of residential, high-density development; welcoming new businesses; and directing the city to become more ADA compliant. She has raised $2,037 in campaign contributions, most of which come from individual Florida residents. Her campaign expenditures total $185. Learn more.
Cade Resnick is a 46-year-old resident of Winter Springs and candidate for the position of Winter Springs City Commissioner District 4. He was previously elected to the role of city commissioner in 2014. He’s served as an adjunct professor of psychology for Stetson University since 2012.
Resnick’s platform prioritizes his community involvement and focuses on promoting economic development, ensuring clean drinking water and the redevelopment of recreational parks. He has raised $3,650 in campaign contributions, most of which come from individual Florida residents. His campaign expenditures total $1336. Learn more.
The questions below were either directly submitted by voters or were created by OCN based on what the voters told us were their priorities.
Q: Explain your participation in local government. For example, have you ever volunteered for a local municipal board? Do you regularly attend Winter Springs City Commission meetings? For incumbents, did you regularly attend City Commission meetings before you were elected?
Cade Resnick: Thank you for asking. My community advocacy has been involved for as long as I can remember. In our city, I began with the (Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional)Chamber of Commerce in 2008, I was a member of the commission from 2010-2018. I have either been in attendance in person or have listened online to the meetings since 2009.
TiAnna Hale: I got into government after my husband was hurt while serving in Iraq. I had been caring and advocating for veterans on the federal and state and local levels which lead me to regularly attending our Winter Springs Commission meetings. This is when I met Commissioner Pam Carroll who was my friend and my mentor. I believe in caring for our city in a way that is worthy of our service members sacrifice.
Q: Do you think a candidate can be involved in developing land, selling real estate, etc. and lead the community without being tainted?
Cade Resnick: The role of running a city is vastly different from running a business. As a member of the Commission, your role is to know the city charter, know the future land use map and know the state law. And in knowing all of that, it is to balance the desire of the people.
TiAnna Hale: I believe it can be a conflict of interest on many of the major decisions that come before a city. This could lead to the official needing to be recused from voting and
ultimately not fully representing the voice of the people.
Q: How do you plan to improve communication with your constituents so more residents can get involved in the local decision making process?
Cade Resnick: My goal will be to once again have open meetings with the citizens. I did this in the past and will do so once again. I will also continue to maintain meetings with the community and have an open line of communication with the people who reach out to me.
TiAnna Hale: I will continue to hold multiple workshops and meet and greets. We have also given the city new tools to engage citizens more efficiently. I have worked hard on making sure our residents feel loved and welcomed. I believe that each opinion should be heard with an open mind.
Q: What do you offer to the position you’re vying for that you believe others do not?
Cade Resnick: The question pertains to what I will offer to the position. Over the past 4 years, there have been significant changes within our City. My journey back in choosing to run for the commission after the Reclaimed water Facility spilled significant sewage water into the highlands reclaimed pond.
TiAnna Hale: I believe I have a unique perspective being a military wife, mother of three and an advocate for people with disabilities. When it comes to protecting and enhancing our city, no one will fight harder than a wife that has seen the true cost of our freedoms and will fight to make sure your voice is represented.
Q: How do you plan to handle current and future traffic congestion?
Cade Resnick: I will work with the state, The Department of Transportation, the county and the city to develop a master plan that the people will know about. The congestion at this time has an active study and I will work to make this an annual process, as well as publish it for the people.
TiAnna Hale: Infrastructure is a top priority. While we have been able slow development here in Winter Springs, many cities around us have not. This is contributing to a lot more through traffic. I will continue to advocate and hold FDOT workshops to ensure real solutions that work for our residents.
Q: What are you going to do about the terrible driving habits of other people? How are you going to enforce safer driving?
Cade Resnick: This is something that I will work directly with the police department. If we can find ways to help teach people to drive better, using education may be a positive way to help people to learn. As for enforcing the laws, the police will continue to keep our streets safe.
TiAnna Hale: We have equipped our city with a comprehensive traffic calming toolkit. This has many different solutions that we are currently evaluating for the best possible solutions for all of our residents.
Q: How do you plan to deal with any issues caused by displaced wildlife due to increasing growth and development?
Cade Resnick: We as a city can help by maintaining the green space that we have surrounding our city. We have many acres of green space and we are also aligned in the east with the rural boundary. We can work to help guide wildlife there that are roaming now. We can also work with FWC.
TiAnna Hale: Winter Springs has lived with wildlife without much issues. If a specific type of wildlife becomes an issue, then it becomes time for the Florida Fish and Game folks to make a decision.
Q: Have you studied the impact of overgrowth on government services and how expansion will affect property values in the future?
Cade Resnick: Yes, and in review of what the city needs; the current city process has most of the services outsourced to third-party vendors. At this time, we will need to re-evaluate our whole city government needs. We will need to bring back our departments and create a proper balance before this question can truly be answered.
TiAnna Hale: Currently, our commission has decided to place a 90-day moratorium to re-evaluate moving forward especially with on property water retention on new developments. Hoping to work with our surroundings cities to address the movement of water, which caused a lot of the recent problems.
Q: How do you plan to protect local remaining green spaces?
Cade Resnick: We have a comprehensive land use plan. I plan to create a committee to begin work on this document, so that we can set up our city for future success. Where appropriate we will save the green space, redesign the current land use and, if possible, work to have the city create permanent conservation easements.
TiAnna Hale: We have tightened our city ordinances to make sure we are protecting all green spaces that we have left. I am also holding developers to a higher standard of what is and isn’t allowed. One example is We had a developer try and pass an easement as their required “greenspace” I let them know that isn’t acceptable.
Q: How do you plan to fix and pay for future water problems?
Cade Resnick: This has been the foundation of my campaign. For this to occur, we will need to begin from day one and create an immediate partnership with the state and county. We need to review the 2018 study that was done on the water and to update it as needed for 2022.
TiAnna Hale: We hired some great engineers to elevate and treat all of our plants. We started the Water Works program and have made huge strides in our water. One thing that we have done is drill deeper for better water quality and have been able to reduce our use of chlorine by 60%.
Q: As we see growing evidence of climate change, what are your specific plans for sustainability in our communities?
Cade Resnick: No answer submitted.
TiAnna Hale: Our goal is to reach zero carbon emissions. Some of the things I’ve done so far is update our tree ordinance to include trees that absorb more pollutants we are currently working to evaluate our water management ponds. We have a pilot program with bee mats that is helping clean out ponds naturally.
Q: What will you do to quell public safety concerns at a time like this?
Cade Resnick: No answer submitted.
TiAnna Hale: The commission receives reports regularly from the (city police) chief at commission meeting that insures us that the crime rate continues to fall.
Q: How do you plan to recruit more business and commercial to build a better tax base?
Cade Resnick: I will begin by working with the citizens to learn of their wants and needs. We all have a desire for what we would like to see in the city. I have heard from many people already sharing what they want to see in the city. My next step will be to create a master plan of ideas.
TiAnna Hale: I have built new relationships with both the UCF Business Incubator and the Oviedo-Winter Springs Chamber of Commerce. We now have them come and give regular updates to our community. I have tried to focus on redevelopment on the West side.
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