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|August 28, 2018|
Primary Elections in Florida
Here’s what you can expect:
U.S. Senate: Republican Party Primary OnlyFlorida Governor Rick Scott has one primary challenger: multimillionaire developer Rocky De La Fuente. Incumbent Democrat Senator Bill Nelson is running unopposed for his party’s nomination for a fourth term in office.
Interestingly, De La Fuente ran for the Senate as a Democrat in 2016. He was then one of five challengers for the seat held by Republican Marco Rubio. He came in fourth in that race, receiving just five percent of the primary vote. He then ran for president on the Reform Party ticket and got less than one percent of the vote in the general election.
- California developer running for Senate in California, Florida. Rocky De La Fuente lost bids for two different offices while running as a member of two different parties in 2016. Newsmax.com, 5/2/18
- Senate key race alerts: Florida now a toss-up. The Sunshine State contest is likely to be one of the most expensive in the country this year, making Scott's net worth of nearly $150 million an added benefit of his candidacy for Republicans. CNN Politics, 4/10/18
Congressional District 25: No PrimariesDemocrat Mary Barzee Flores and Republican incumbent Representative Mario Diaz-Balart will be on the ballot in November. Both are unchallenged so there will be no primaries. Politico Florida says Barzee Flores “gives the longtime incumbent the first serious Democratic challenger he has had in a decade.”
- Barzee Flores switches races, challenges Mario Diaz-Balart. Barzee Flores’ decision was made at the urging of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, EMILY’s List, and Florida Democrats who did not want Diaz-Balart to again escape an election cycle without a major Democratic challenger. Politico Florida, 5/3/18
|Mary Barzee Flores (D) Mario Diaz-Balart (R)|
Congressional District 19: Democratic Party Primary Only
|Francis Rooney (R)|
- Democrats seeking U.S. House seat take aim at Rooney. Whichever one of the Democrats captures the Aug. 28 primary won’t have an easy go of it come November. The district votes heavily Republican. Rooney won the 2016 election with 65.9 percent of the vote over Democrat Robert Neeld. Naples Daily News, 4/4/18
As we get closer to November, I’ll write about the candidates in the General Elections. For now, here’s what I found by web research about the candidates in the District 19 Democratic primary.
|David Holden (D)|
Holden says he has worked his entire career to solve problems for families and his community. His career includes service as Deputy Director of the California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies, and as President of the United Way of Greater White Plains, NY. He also spent over a decade with YMCA Youth & Government programs, helping train high school students in facets of state government, and helped Massachusetts residents gain access to quality healthcare and safe, affordable housing.
Holden’s website states his perspectives on gun violence, taxation, the environment, climate change and healthcare.
His website is www.holden2018.com, his Facebook page is here, his LinkedIn page is here, and he’s on Twitter @holden2018.
|Todd James Truax (D)|
He says he is often sought out by leaders in Senior Housing and Long-term Care who recognize the need to attract the industry's best talent, and that his unique "hands-on" experience has helped him consistently steer communities toward regulatory compliance, solid financial returns and patient and family satisfaction since 1997.
His website states his perspectives on education, the environment, taxes, healthcare, immigration, national security, criminal justice and net neutrality.
His website is todd-james-truax.ruck.us, his Facebook page is here and his LinkedIn page is here.
How I would vote: David Holden shares my values, priorities, and positions on issues. I admire his intelligence, his drive, his passion for civic engagement, and his willingness to serve. Importantly, he has, in my view, the better chance to beat the incumbent in the November General Election. As a result, he has my support and I have contributed to his campaign.
That wraps up my high-level review of our Congressional candidates in the August Primaries.
IMPORTANT: Since Florida is a closed primary state, voters may only vote within their party. If you have not registered as a Democrat or Republican, you cannot vote in either primary. The winning candidates of the Primary Elections will move on to the General Election in November.
Election Day is August 28. Be sure to update your voter registration information and request a Vote By Mail ballot to make voting easier, whether you will be in town in August or not. Visit www.colliervotes.com.
For more on the August Primaries, catch up on what you missed!
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