MEET THE CANDIDATES: Cocoa Village Neighborhood Coalition to Host Cocoa City Council Candidates Forum
Decor for Assembly Room 1 of the Catherine Scheinberg Rood Central Library
BREVARD COUNTY • CACAO, FLORIDA – The Cocoa Village Neighborhood Coalition is hosting a Candidates’ Forum for City Council seats in Districts 1 and 4 of the City of Cocoa on Thursday, September 15 in Meeting Room 1 of the Catherine Scheinberg Central Library Rood.
The Candidates Forum will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 7:15 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Space Coast Daily is the exclusive media sponsor and will stream the event live HERE.
The Cocoa Village Neighborhood Coalition is made up of over 900 members and works to improve understanding of local political issues and influence public policy through education and advocacy. The organization does not support any candidate or party.
“The purpose of the forum is to give the public and the electoral community an idea of where each candidate stands on various issues and to give citizens first-hand information to help them make informed decisions,” an official said. of the Cocoa Village Neighborhood Coalition.
“It is expected that the questions posed may give candidates a better understanding of issues important to their constituents. The primary questions will be developed by the forum moderator and the inhabitants of Cité du Cacao. Our goal is to provide a fair and honest event that allows all candidates to demonstrate their strengths and communicate their political positions so that the public can make informed decisions.
The forum moderator will be Norman Moody, editor of Senior Life of Florida and editor of Viera Voice. He was vice-chair of the Central-North Brevard Salvation Army Advisory Board, volunteer director of Through Eyes of Children and a board member of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation.
Applicants will receive a list of potential forum topics prior to the scheduled event. Questions to applicants by residents can be submitted to [email protected]
CANDIDATES FOR DISTRICT 1 OF CACAO CITY HALL
■ Ed Green is a U.S. Army veteran and retired Federal Aviation Administration executive with over 36 years of experience in management, budgets, planning, labor relations, operations, and project management. He recently served on the Cocoa Redistricting Commission and is Vice Chairman of the Cocoa Code Enforcement Board. He holds a Master of Science in Management and Leadership. He lives in Cocoa Village with his wife Marilyn.
■ Alex Goin, graduated from Rockledge High School and also attended Bethune Cookman University for business education, was elected to the Cocoa City Council in November 2018.
He was an active member of the Cocoa City Council of Adjustment for two years until he was elected as an alderman and is currently a member of the City of Cocoa’s Tourism, Football and Cheerleading Development Council. Brevard County and the NAACP.
Goins has been employed by ABC Land Clearing and Development for 14 years and said the experience he gained in the construction field has prepared him to be an asset to the citizens of Cocoa as he prepares to the growth of the city.
He is married to Phylicia Goins and has two children, Jaida Williams-Goins and Jacquez Goins.
■ Demetrius Thomas is originally from Tuscaloosa, Alabama and moved to Cocoa, Florida in June 2020. Thomas said his interest in Cocoa City government was immediate upon his arrival when he spoke with a few people who live in District 1 and discussed expressed his desire to serve.
Thomas previously served on city code enforcement and currently serves on the police advisory board. His political experience dates back to 2014 in the State of Alabama and his background includes law enforcement, an ordained elder, a non-profit organization for troubled teens in Alabama, State of Alabama Bail Bonds Association, the funeral industry and mortuary transportation service.
CANDIDATES FROM DISTRICT 4 OF CACAO CITY HALL
■ Jennifer Kenny is a lifelong resident of Central Florida, where she has dedicated her life to community service and helping others. As a single mother, Jennifer completed an electrical apprenticeship with IBEW Local 606, earning her Journeyman Electrical License.
After a 20-year career in the electrical industry, while devoting countless hours volunteering with her local chapter throughout the community, Jennifer decided to follow her heart to pursue her passion for helping others. She applied for and was offered the Central Florida AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison position at Heart of Florida United Way. During her tenure with the United Way, she helped people in the area with issues ranging from housing, unemployment, food assistance, and other quality of life issues.
Kenny’s work with United Way paved the way for his next opportunity. She will spend the next decade as an advocate for seniors with the Alliance for Retired Americans. Before retiring, she returned to her roots with the IBEW and spent six years as an assistant business manager. She continues to serve on the Board of Career Source Brevard. Its mission continues to be to help others succeed in their chosen profession and to promote advanced vocational training opportunities for youth and adults.
Kenny resides in Cocoa Florida where she attends local town meetings and events, engages with the community whenever possible, spends time with her family, and most importantly cares for her elderly relative.
■ Lorraine Koss was elected to the Cocoa City Council in 2018. During her tenure, she has championed stormwater management, green infrastructure, waterfront beautification, smart growth, traffic calming, and l public engagement, to name a few.
She worked in public service all her life before retiring as deputy director of the US Water Alliance. She was elected to the executive committee of the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization and the leadership circle of ELEVATE BREVARD: Cocoa, an initiative to increase job readiness for Cocoa residents. Koss is a board member of the Space Coast Economic Development Commission.
Koss is a Brevard County appointee and first chair of the Save Our Indian River Lagoon Citizens’ Oversight Committee and serves on the Brevard County Planning and Zoning Board. Koss founded the Cocoa Sustainability Advisory Board and has served on the Utilities Advisory Board since 2014. She also founded the first Space Coast Solar Coop in 2015. She holds a Masters in Environmental Management from Duke University.
She is married to Lawrence Koss who works at the Kennedy Space Center and studies how to efficiently use water in space to grow food. Koss is a military mom with two sons who have completed five tours in Iraq. She has a grandson.