The mission of the Government Affairs Team is to focus on local city and county government. This team is responsible for presenting issues to the PYP Board for evaluation and for making recommendations on actionable items; the team also educates our membership about local government and upcoming initiatives.
Some of the great events sponsored by the Government Affairs Team this past few years are listed here:
- Government Affairs Team Chair Stephanie Terek hosted all of the Better Pensacola Forum webisodes that were produced in 2011.
- PYP Government Affairs Team Day in Tallahassee: team members met with our State Representatives and State Senators; PYP was recognized in the House Chamber during Session by Representative Ford and Representative Ingram; the team studied the legislative process with former State Representative Dave Murzin.
- Joint event held with the Gulf Coast Diplomacy Council: the GA Team helped educate international delegates (members of parliament from other countries) on our local political processes.
- Summer 2012 political debate forums: in association with Seville Rotary, PYP hosted two separate political forums in July and August; these debates featured candidates from numerous races, including Escambia County Sheriff, Clerk of the Circuit Court, and several City Council districts.
Meets: Second Tuesday of every month
Place: CAVU (inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel)
Chair: Michelle Tait
Co-Chair: Erik Petersen
PYP Policy on support of an issue or individual
PYP is committed to supporting positive change and the advancement of our Pensacola community. As such, PYP may choose, by majority vote, to support specific ideas and causes that reflect PYP’s mission and values. However, before taking a stance on an issue, PYP will offer educational information on the topic to its membership and survey the membership regarding their opinions. Should the PYP membership support or oppose an issue or cause, then the PYP Board of Directors, at its discretion, may choose to publicly declare the organization’s position.
PYP may, from time to time, organize a debate forum or other political event that will provide equal opportunities for candidates to express their views to PYP members and the general public. Political candidates are encouraged to participate in any events or functions held by PYP that are open to the general public.
PYP does not formally endorse individual candidates running for office.