New Leadership with the Experience to Deliver Results for Our City

Just out of high school, my mother and I started a court reporting business in Miami. We worked long hours into nights and weekends to grow our company. Our personal sacrifices and risks to make the business successful were enormous.  After twenty-two years, we were fortunate enough to sell our life's venture to a national consortium.  I retired at a young age, and in 2002 moved to North Port where I bought my house, have lived continuously, paid taxes on and involved myself in area and regional issues.   

In Miami, at the time I was growing up, all of the issues that face North Port today were already being debated - issues such how to manage growth, diversity and dealing with societal trends. Adapting became part of my DNA.  But only in keeping with the principles I was raised on, principles that I hold dear as they make me the unique person that I am.

I credit my mother, who has led by example, for the invaluable lessons I carry with me every day and for the principles I continue to use every day.  Thank you for joining me on this incredible journey called life.

Cheryl Cook



Cheryl cares about you, North Port, and America!  She has actively pursued conservation and "kitchen table budgeting" options and solutions. Returning her to North Port Commission will bring back what is needed -- cooperation, informed economic reasoning, and key constitutional values that is freedom and equal treatment for all citizens. 

Unfortunately, through time America has often been ruled by elites.  North Port is no exception.  Top down government is today’s reality.  This is backed up by “a vast body of critical work on the failings of democratic systems to represent citizen desires."[1]

Today’s governments' top down culture combined with dramatic changes in citizen

economic, social, psychological, and political condition since World War II, has

led to considerable dissatisfaction with America’s rulers. [2]

During 20th and early 21st centuries 

government America has captured, year-by-year, more and more of society’s tasks without a value driven game plan. This has resulted in family breakdown, 

governments stuck in place, unable to  respond to 21st century challenges, power elites running circles around governments, and most citizens being ill 

served no matter what race, gender, or age.  Cheryl will make sure that your desires and needs are met, resisting the power brokers in North Port and beyond.


Harrison has served as professional staff member in both United States House and Senate between 1970 and 2004 where he had opportunity to engage in a broad range of legislative activities. He has been
President, American Military Housing Services – a not for profit organization as well as cofounder of Citizens for Budget Reform (501 c 3), Affordable Housing of East Tampa Bay (501 c 3 providing farmworker “ownership” housing), and The Harrison Group serving over 100 financial institutions.

He has a Ph.D. and M.A. from The American University and a B.A. from University of South Florida – which has recognized him as an USF Alumni Outstanding Graduate. In addition, he earned a Faculty
Diploma from National Defense University’s Industrial College of Armed Forces and was fellow, Harvard, Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics.

He has authored academic books The Domestic Political Scene (National Defense University), Doing Business in Washington (The Free Press), Congressional Staffs (The Free Press), and recently completed
Saving America! a series of seven books. Harrison and Lynn H. Fox PhD, professor emeritus Johns Hopkins University, have been married for 52 years with 3 children – Harrison III as well as twins
Thomas and Leigh.

About Jim Burch:



                CITY OF CAPE CORAL

My name is Jim Burch and I have been proudly providing public service for many years. Too often these days, elected officials are there for only one reason and that is for themselves. I have never felt that I was more important than those that put me into office. I also learned more, each and every year that I was in office, that our municialities were the backbone of the great State of Florida.  I have been Mayor, Baseball and basketball coach, City councilman and director of many state and local boards and agencies. I have taken those responsibilities on only to advance the interests of my community. Once in awhile, one encounters people that are providing the same service for the same reasons. I have always said that providing public service as opposed to seeking the public to serve you is the eason to run for office.

Cheryl Cook fits all of those criteria. Commissioner Cook has been instrumental in helping me to form the pre-platted coalition of six cities in the state of Florida. Cheryl was also instrumental in contacting all of the coalition Cities and bringing them together to discuss the importance of pre-platted challenges. The full understanding and recognition of the plight of pre-platted communities such as Cape Coral, my city, and North Port, Cheryl's city, provides her with an understanding of growth, zoning and future planning and the revenue challenges of all. Cheryl and I have spent many hours defending our cities and local home rule to insure that the growth is manageable, both logistically and financially. The experience of knowing what is necessary and who will help facilitate the growth of our cities and, just as importantly, the knowledge of who may help with those efforts, is essential. Cheryl Cook is the person uniquely qualified to lead the City of North Port into the future and insure that pre-platted challenges are addressed and resolved along the way. There is no one better to work with the multitude of agencies including the SW Regional Planning Council, State Legislature, Florida League of Cities and the pre-platted coalition. You may ask what these organizations and many others can do for North Port. The answer is the link they provide to resources and ideas, and Cheryl has the experience and knowledge to tap into them. She can "hit the ground running" and ensure that your tax dollars are put to better use. 

Please allow her the time and space to demonstrate her affection and expertise for the City of North Port and its residents. She is a hard worker and dedicated to moving your city forward. Please support her efforts in doing that.


      Cheryl Cook identifies 

     out of control spending 

       as an important issue

       in commission race  

 By approving the 2016/2017 budget amendment (see meeting and minutes September 22, 2016 *click here) and its wording trickery, then commissioners Jacqueline Moore, Tom Jones and Linda Yates began an era of exhaustive taking of taxpayers' money by the elected politicians in North Port that continues to today.  Instead of again asking the taxpayers if they want to fund the building of a multi-multi-million dollar pool, the politicians took it upon themselves to spend $14 million, with over $750,000 in unfunded annual maintenance costs of taxpayer money. The people of North Port have seen devastating increases in their taxes by these politicians who fund their personal pet projects, redesign our city and use the city resources for political payoff for those who helped them get elected ever since that budget amendment was passed by three individuals. In the next budget is promised more of the same. The addiction of the politicians to take our money for their lavish spending sprees has to stop, or, to paraphrase Jill Luke, we'll all have to move out of the city that will be too expensive for us to live in. I'm the only candidate running in my district who has said no to crazy government spending of your money.

      Cheryl Cook recognizes          current misuse of ULDC
        and rezoning powers
            by commission
      is adversely affecting  
               North Port 
           while benefiting
           special interests

The Unified Land Development Code should not be a tool used by politicians to placate their friends and advance their personal "vision," as it is going on in our town today. North Port is a unique city, with a unique history and unique qualities. Instead of embracing that, the politicians are forcing regulations into the land code to change North Port from a quiet, community-oriented city into an urban nightmare that most people are fleeing from

I am the only candidate running who has personally witnessed the devastation of the piecemeal elimination of growth management, and has fought to protect, conserve and preserve our beloved Southern Florida.

     Cheryl Cook associates 

    current lack of qualified       individuals running the city

        is wreaking havoc on

North Port's economic health

Ruling by consensus is no way to represent the people and taxpayers of North Port.  Without principles and the will and strength to vote your convictions, runaway spending, a bad reputation in the business community, overtaxation and urbanization of North Port are the result.  Since November 2016, this is what we in North Port have witnessed.  One after another, newly elected politicians are not asking real questions, and are not representing the people who live in and pay taxes in North Port because these politicians are all from the same old basket of selfish individuals representing the same old self-interests and special-interests.  And the people of North Port are paying for it. I am the only one running who is uniquely qualified and has the experience to turn city hall back into the business of the people.

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