Local Business Owner Erin Wright Running for the Boca Beach and Park District
By Caylin Hirapara
Erin Wright is excited about running for office in Seat #3 of the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Parks District. The 37-year-old local business owner grew up in Boca and has lived here for most of her life. She has a BS in Biology from Stetson University, and an MS degree in Exercise Science from FAU, where she later worked in Environmental Health and Safety.
She currently is the owner and administrator of Wright Way Florida, a local home inspection company which services any area between Jupiter and Miami. “As a local business owner and long time resident of over 30 years, I am deeply invested in the future of our community.” She owns the company along with her husband Steven, who is a Boca Raton firefighter. The two started the company with the mission to be the most honest and reliable home inspection company in the business. Wright commented that this experience as a local business will help her in a district seat.
Erin Wright has been very interested in the Environment in Boca for many years. She worked at FAU’s environmental health and safety department after graduating from FAU. Prior to her beginning her own company, Wright worked as a LEED design consultant for an architecture firm, consulting people on environmentally friendly building. She says, “Being a LEED AP and having a passion for green living gives me a certain outlook and vision of the beach and parks.”
This experience in the environmental community led her to run for office on the Boca Raton Green Living Advisory Board in 2011. As a member of the board, she has the responsibility to develop a plan for increasing the awareness of the residents of the City to environmental sustainability as well as increasing the environmental activities by the residents.
“Sustainability and integrating nature and the built environment is an important factor when determining what projects and improvements should be done and how.”
Wright is running for office in an attempt to solve some of the problems that the Parks District has had since the last election.
“Recently, I have seen the disconnect that has grown between the commission and the city.” Wright said about the District and the City Council, “I feel that having a new, fresh face on the commission that is familiar with the need and wants of the growing population of younger families within the district will make a big impact.”
Issues such as the “Turf Wars” that took place earlier last year, and the disconnect between the City Council and the District have driven many of the candidates in this election to run for seats. Wright says that the city council and the parks commission need better communication to reach their shared goal of making Boca better for everyone.
Erin Wright has two young sons who love the parks and beaches of Boca, just as she enjoyed Boca as a child. “I would not be who I am today if it wasn’t for the sports I played growing up at these parks…This is my chance to give back to the community that gave me so much.”
The election for Boca Raton Greater Parks and Beach District Seats #1 and #3 will take place on August 30. For more information about Erin Wright’s campaign contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.