Sparker’s Soapbox is a blog, website and e-newsletter founded and written by Sandy Parker to help herself and others be more informed voters. Its mission is “facilitating and encouraging informed voting in Collier County and throughout Florida.”
Recaps of government news Sandy thinks would be of interest to voters are published monthly from September – July; posts about upcoming elections and other topics are published when she thinks there’s more voters should know.
About Sandy Parker
After moving to Florida from New Jersey in 2003, Sandy rediscovered a long-dormant interest in government and politics. Her first vote as a Floridian was in the presidential election that followed Bush v. Gore. All eyes were on Florida’s elections then, and it has remained so ever since.
Sandy spent the next several years learning about her new home’s local and state governments as an active member of the League of Women Voters of Collier County, and in 2008, she led a statewide project to revise Our Florida Government, which served at the time as a “compact and factual presentation of the basic structure and operation of Florida government” published by the Florida LWV. She also volunteered on political campaigns.
In 2010, she began writing Sparker’s Soapbox as a way to share her ongoing research to become a more informed voter. She wrote at the time, “… the outcome of the upcoming elections … will set the direction of our future in irreversible ways that we can’t even begin to imagine.”
That belief continues to motivate Sandy today, and she is passionate in her conviction that the more informed voters are, the better our government will be.
In addition to Sparker’s Soapbox, Sandy is known for her involvement with the League of Women Voters and for presentations about state and local government to community groups, continuing care retirement communities, and adult education programs.
In her earlier life, Sandy held executive positions in accounting, investor relations and corporate finance, retiring as Vice President – Treasury and Investor Relations with the Dun & Bradstreet Corporation. She received a BA with highest honors and honors in American Studies from Douglass College at Rutgers University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and she has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
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A Collier County voterNovember 8, 2016
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A Collier County voterOctober 24, 2018
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A Collier County voterNovember 6, 2018
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