Mac McLouth, Republican Port Canaveral Commission Candidate, Endorsed By Many Brevard Leaders
"MCLOUTH HAS DECADES OF EXPERIENCE AND KNOWS THE PORT BETTER THAN ANYONE"
BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL FLORIDA – Malcolm “Mac” McLouth, a Republican candidate for the Canaveral Port Authority District 2 seat, has been endorsed by Port Canaveral commissioners, a Brevard County commissioner, U.S. Congressmen and Port Canaveral executives.
Among those giving McLouth their endorsement are Brevard County Commissioner Jim Barfield, District 1 Port Canaveral Commissioner Jerry Allender, Brevard County Clerk of the Court Scott Ellis, Former Port Canaveral Director/CEO Charles Rowland, Former U.S. Congressman John Mica, Former Port Commissioner Ray Sharkey and Former U.S. Congressman and Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum.
See the individual endorsements below.
The 2018 Primary Elections will take place on Tuesday. The polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. on election day.
Brevard County Commissioner Jim Barfield:
“I endorse Mac McLouth as the Republican candidate for the Canaveral Port Authority, Mac has the experience and vision to help the port,” said Barfield.
“One of my bucket list items on the commission was to settle the Jetty Park land situation. Without Mac speaking at the Brevard County Commission meeting, the Jetty Park sale might not have passed. Mac’s institutional knowledge of the port is invaluable.”
Barfield was elected to the Brevard County Commission in November 2014. He is a prominent businessman and president and CEO of Luke & Associates Inc. His company was recently awarded a five-year, $7.5 billion contract from the Defense Health Agency to provide services for the U.S. military, other government agencies and private industry.
District 1 Port Canaveral Commissioner Jerry Allender:
“I’m endorsing Mac McLouth to be the next Port Commissioner for District 5 as he has the experience and knowledge we desperately need on the Port Commission,” said Allender.
Allender, who has served as a port commissioner since January 2011, is a former judge who has practiced law in Brevard County since 1968.
He is a partner with the law firm of Allender & Allender where he practices in the area of Elder Law.
“Mac’s experience and knowledge are highly valuable to the port’s future and that’s why I am endorsing him,” said Allender.
Brevard County Clerk of the Court Scott Ellis:
I have known Mac McLouth for more than 30 years, beginning when he was a Port Commissioner and the Republican State Committeeman for Brevard County.
When I ran against Democrat Bill Nelson for Congress over thirty years ago Mr. McLouth, even knowing what a long shot I was, took the time to meet with me and share his perspective on the race. Mac has had an open door with anyone desiring to tap into his extensive knowledge.
Six years later as a County Commissioner, I often talked with Mr. McLouth on areas where the County and Port overlapped. The Port began a fine expansion over time yet did not lose the teeming hometown businesses we have stationed there.
Brevard County operated Jetty Park on Port property, and while we were able to maintain the park, the recession of the early 1990’s left us strapped to do much of any kind of expansion.
The Port stepped up in an interlocal agreement to both expand and operate Jetty Park, a fine partnership excepting the odd recent bump – since mended.
Mr. McLouth looked ahead to the Port’s expanding Cruise industry and how Brevard County would accommodate the many visitors we’d have coming and going for their ships. Not only the ability to handle the cruise traffic but also the fine expansion of many restaurants available at the Port.
From the one bar and restaurant available when I worked at the Cape for RCA in the mid-1980s the Port opened up its doors to a number of fine diners available for locals who wish to grab a bite and enjoy the view.
Mr. McLouth is an engineer by trade and I believe the type of person we need on the Port Commission. Mac has always been a believer in the Port, he is not running just to be elected to something, he is running to continue the progress the Port has made to date.
I trust Mr. McLouth to maintain the balance we need between a thriving commercial port and a thriving waterfront amenity for our residents. Both were maintained during his previous service at the Port and I certainly expect the same balance and open door policies Mr. McLouth has exemplified for years.
We are all very grateful for Mac’s willingness to serve again and are extremely fortunate that a man with his incredible knowledge, dedication and experience is a Brevardian who truly cares about our community.
Former Port Canaveral Director/CEO Charles Rowland:
“I hereby endorse Mac McLouth as the candidate for Commissioner of the Canaveral Port Authority,” said Rowland, who led the Port from 1980 until retiring in 2000.
“He has vast experience and an excellent record of accomplishment as both a Commissioner and as Chief Executive Officer of the Port. Mac knows the issues, the industry, and the parties involved. He has a clear vision for the continued responsible development and operation of Port Canaveral in the interest of all Brevard Citizens.”
Former U.S. Congressman John Mica:
“No one has worked harder or done more for Port Canaveral than Mac McLouth,” said Mica.
“Mac’s dedication and passion for Port Canaveral is inspiring. Mac McLouth personifies what public service is all about.”
Congressman Mica served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2017 and served as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation and Public Assets in the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He also served as the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
From 2007 to 2010, Mica served as the Transportation Committee’s Republican Leader. From 2001 to 2006, he chaired the Subcommittee on Aviation. From 1999 to 2001, he served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources.
As Chairman he became a national principal leader in the development of our nation’s counter-narcotics policy.
As Chairman of the House Civil Service Subcommittee from 1995 to 1999, Mica authored landmark legislation dealing with veterans preferences, expanding health care access for military dependents and establishing one of the federal government’s largest employee stock ownership programs.
Former Port Commissioner Ray Sharkey:
“I endorse Mac McLouth for the Port Commission as Mac truly cares about the port and no one has more knowledge, experience and sound judgment about the port and its environs than Mac McLouth,” said Sharkey.
Former U.S. Congressman and Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum:
“I endorse Mac McLouth for the Canaveral Port Authority as Mac has been an integral part of its growth and success and he has the integrity, experience and knowledge to ensure that Port Canaveral continues on its trajectory,” said McCollum.
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