I Will Win 72 With Strong Grassroots Campaign

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In response to the Jacob Ogles opinion piece last week “Bring on the Primary” and his assertion “Democrats need a primary in Florida House District 72,” I respectfully would like to point out there are more effective ways to raise the profile of a candidate than a primary.

Since I announced my candidacy for House District 72, I have met with hundreds of local Democratic leaders, former and future candidates, elected officials, precinct captains and our amazing army of volunteers.  I am committed to speaking to at least 25,000 of my neighbors in District 72, in person, to listen to their needs and speak about my beliefs.

My platform is focused on:

  • Eliminating Red Tide and protecting our environment. 
  • Defending our schools and paying teachers what they deserve.
  • Building our infrastructure in District 72 and statewide to help us accommodate smart growth.

I have no primary challenger because I have been transparent about my goals, and continue to communicate them widely. And, I have built an organization which will ensure victory in November. When I am elected, I will work with anyone who wants to help District 72, whether they are Republicans or Independents.

I am not a politician, and admittedly I was unknown. My campaign is now gaining tremendous momentum and so is my fundraising. I will raise the amount of money I need from the voters to fund my race and win. But money is not important to the voters, nor to my “viability” as a candidate. My Republican opponents, unfortunately, have sought money from any source, in or out of the District, without limits. By example, a local developer has funneled $8,000 to each of my Republican opponents, a clear message that he expects his agenda to be followed, regardless of who the eventual nominee is.

My race is about the voters, not corporate donors. I value and cherish each donation I receive from a voter or volunteer, no matter the amount. We will win with a grassroots campaign based on ideas and reflecting the true interests of the people of District 72.

Drake Buckman is a Democratic candidate for state House District 72.

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