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Roy David Walker, an environmentalist and proponent of sustainable development, has announced his intentions to seek a seat on the Wilton Manors Commission.

“Sustainability is the key word here,” Walker told the Gazette in a telephone interview. “This campaign is about bringing attention to smart, sustainable growth and development.”

Walker, 37, has lived in Wilton Manors for 13 years, volunteering on a number of city and county advisory boards. He currently serves as the Urban Conservation Director for the South Florida Audubon Society and worked as a biological scientist with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and as a researcher for the U.S. Geological Survey.

Walker said he wants to sharpen the focus on a climate change action plan that Wilton Manors shares with its neighbor, Oakland Park. First on that list, Walker said, is hiring an environmental sustainable coordinator.

“That’s an important position that would help address concerns with our water management and infrastructure, while working hand-in-hand with the utility director, city planner and economic development director,” Walker said.

Walker identifies as a gay man and has been in a relationship with his partner, Tean-Su, for 12 years. The couple resides on the city’s eastside.

Walker’s announcement means three candidates will vie for two commission seats. Incumbent Commissioner Paul Rolli and Don D’Arminio are the other candidates in the race. Commissioners are elected to four-year terms. The election is Nov. 8.

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