Evans, Deardoff Win Canaveral Port Authority Viewer Poll

PORT CANAVERAL, Florida --  Republican candidate for Canaveral Port Authority - District 2, John "Hank" Evans (R), beat incumbent Joe D. Matheny (D) in the Brevard Times viewer poll, 65.4% to 34.6%, respectively.  

At the center of controversy in this race is the Port Authority's imposition and later rescission of increased tolls on shuttle buses that transport cruise passengers from off-site parking lots and local area hotels to the cruise terminals. 

Also related to the parking controversy is the degree of involvement at Canaveral Port Authority CEO Stanley Payne had in the development of a fictitious parking video that depicted off-site parking as unsafe and unreliable.  Incumbents Matheny and Bruce Deardoff blocked a move by other Port Commissioners to terminate Payne earlier this month.

While the recent controversy may be helping Evans beat Matheny in straw polls, it does not appear to have the same effect in the District 4 race between Deardoff and Republican challenger Chuck Sheridan.  Deardoff won the Brevard Times viewer poll against Sheridan 69.7% to 30.3%, respectively.  

Of the four viewer polls conducted by Brevard Times so far, the results are in line with in-person straw polls conducted at political events in recent months.

Like a straw poll, the viewer poll is unscientific and cannot be given any weight as to how voters will actually vote come Election Day.   However, it can indicate the level of energy and enthusiasm political activists have for a particular candidate.

Energy and enthusiasm is especially important at this point in the county races such as Brevard County Commissioner, Clerk of Court, Sheriff, Port Authority Commissioner, and Property Appraiser because the viewer poll can indicate the number of campaign volunteers holding signs at voting precincts and traffic intersections leading up to, and on Election Day.  

A new Brevard Times' viewer poll, for Brevard County School Board  and half-cent sales tax begins today. 

Viewer poll vote count:
D2 John "Hank" Evans (R)
D2 Joe D. Matheny (R)
D4 Bruce Deardoff (R)
D4 Chuck Sheridan (R)


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