Florida Congressional District 19 candidate David Holden has been endorsed by the national Indivisible Project. “David’s background in public policy and understanding of the needs of his district make him a powerful choice for Congress,” said Maria Urbina, national political director for the Indivisible Project. “David will fight to protect natural resources in south Florida and not tire in his fight against the gun lobby. David will be a good steward and strong voice for his district’s interests in Washington.”
Florida Congressional District 19 Candidate Todd Trux will appear at two Lee County forums. They are:
Healthcare Initiative – Town Hall Series
Guest Speaker: Jim Roach
Candidate Speaker: Todd Truax
Date and time: Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
Location: Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Avenue, Bonita Springs, FL 34125
Two Democratic candidates for Florida governor and the head of the state Democratic Party gave local party members a unified message: There will be a “blue wave” inundating the Sunshine State this year. The three were among the speakers at the Brevard Democrats Big Blue Bash billed as “a fundraiser for midterm victory.”
This week I attended a town hall where folks were asking questions about health care in Florida. Would their current elected representative support expanding Medicaid in Florida so nearly a million more people could have healthcare? His answer: NO. FLORIDA CAN’T AFFORD IT. But that’s not true, it’s a choice.
Be sure and attend our next meeting of Collier Progressives on May 16 at Democratic headquarters, 600 Goodlette Frank Road, Naples. Annisa Karim, former chair of the Collier County Democratic Party and noted biologist and environmentalist, will discuss “The Environment and the State of Our State.”
With the news obsessed with the inquiry into election meddling in the 2016 presidential election, the question we need to ask ourselves is this: What is it that Vladmir Putin really wants? Retired Foreign Service officer and Russia expert William Pope has the answers and he will share them at the next meeting of the Collier County Democratic Club on Monday, May 21. The Collier County Democratic Club (CCDC) meets on the third Monday of every month. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.
The revelations of the last week would have been a terrible year for most elected officials or campaigns, but it was just another mismanaged, calamitous, smoldering week for Rick Scott that got bad enough his team resorted to threatening reporters. And to more lies. And while his administration goes up in flames, Scott is “all but shuttering the governor’s office to campaign.” Instead of trying to buoy the sinking ship – Scott boasted about how much campaigning he is doing and flew to Texas to raise money from big oil interests.
Democratic leaders have called out Rick Scott, who has been in the campaign for Senate for a month now, for his incessant financial scandals and refusal to disclose his finances and therefore his conflicts of interest. Former state Sen. Jeremy Ring, Democratic candidate for chief financial officer, and state Sen. Bobby Powell accused Scott of placing himself ahead of the people of Florida. Powell and Ring shared their concerns during a conference call with reporters. Ring criticized Scott for accepting more than $50,000 in contributions to his political committee from executives after he directed $250 million in new business to their firms.
For the first time in modern history, when Collier County voters go to the polls in November there will be Democrats on the ballot in most races. So much so, that the final ballots won’t be determined until after the August 28 primary election. The general election is November 6, 2018. Headlining the election will be the races for U.S. Senator and Florida Governor. Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson will face Republican Gov. Rick Scott and a handful of write-in candidates.
When Democrats go to the polls on August 28 to vote in the primary election, they will face the choice between two candidates vying for the U.S. House of Representatives in Congressional District 19, which includes portions of Collier and Lee counties. David Holden, a financial planner who lives in Naples, and Todd Truax, a self-employed nursing home administrator who lives in Lee County, have both qualified to run as Democrats in the primary. The winner will face first-term Republican incumbent Francis Rooney.
Coral Gables attorney Mary Barzee Flores has qualified to run for Congress on the Democratic ticket in U.S. House District 25, which includes portions of Collier County. Two other Democratic candidates, Annisa Karim and Alina Valdes, withdrew from the campaign last week after Flores announced her candidacy. Flores brings a sizable war chest to the race, which best positions her to face her well-funded opponent.
Help ring in Gay Pride Month early this year and join the candidates and Collier County Democrats for dinner and a screening of the documentary “The Freedom to Marry.” Over the last four decades, the concept of same-sex couples marrying went from a “preposterous notion” to the national law.