2020 Candidates

United States Congress

District 6

CLINT CURTIS

Clint Curtis is a partner at the Law Offices of Clint Curtis & Associates. While the law office has several attorneys that practice in almost all facets of legal work, Clint personally practices in the areas of stopping government corruption, election law, assisting with Veterans Disability, Social Security Disability and Immigration.

Clint has been instrumental in exposing government corruption at several layers including the vulnerabilities of non-verifiable electronic voting machines, waste, fraud and retaliation at government agencies and even providing information related to the Abramoff scandal. He has testified before a Congressional Committee examining the issue of election machine fraud and is featured in over a dozen films, documentaries and books. He has also assisted multiple campaigns with election challenges and his office was the Florida office, which filed the election contest in the 2016. In that challenge Russian hacking was pointed out even before it became the topic of investigation in the Mueller probe.

I am running to make government accountable to the people once again. Our present government has no accountability and, in fact, refuses to even comply with investigations by Congress. This is true not only of the Administration but also within many of the agencies themselves. I will bring accountability back to the government and will vote to reduce their funding until they comply.

I will focus on developing budget-neutral funding that will allow for Social Security to bring its recipients out of the poverty level and increase the payments of every individual.

I will work to make sure that the ballot of record is a paper ballot only and that machine totals are used only as predictions and are never official until the ballots are hand-counted.

I will work to strengthen the health care system and move to a system where every individual has the opportunity to buy into Medicare at a cost similar to other countries such as England. The cost is approximately 5% of income, which is less than most Americans now pay for health insurance and includes medical, dental, vision and hearing benefits.

I propose that drugs prices be regulated so that Americans do not absorb the entire R&D process while other countries buy the same drug for a fraction of the cost.

I propose that college be made affordable to all that desire it by making loans available on a pay as you go format utilizing a small percentage income deduction.

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RICHARD THRIPP

RICHARD THRIPP

I am a 28-year-old Florida native, husband to Kristy, and father to a 1-year-old baby boy. I was born in Daytona Beach and now live in Orange City. I am running to be your Congressman for Florida’s 6th Congressional district. I want to make a difference for disadvantaged and working-class Central Floridians.

In December 2019, I completed my PhD in Education at the University of Central Florida (UCF) where I researched future teachers’ knowledge of personal finance, investing, and retirement planning. I advocate for financial education coupled with progressive laws and regulations that treat typical Floridians and Americans fairly.

I completed an associate degree at Daytona State College in 2011, a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at UCF Daytona Beach in 2014, and a master’s degree in Applied Learning & Instruction at UCF in 2016. I am also a former Port Orange Toastmasters club president and treasurer.

At UCF, I’ve taught educational technology to over 250 future teachers. Public education, including affordable, quality higher education, is essential to developing our citizenry and facilitating their success. As your Congressman, I will always prioritize education.

Some back story: I am the child of conspiracy theorist Trump-supporters. I, too, bought into right-wing propaganda until my mid-20s, which I regret and must reckon with. What follows are several key catalysts in my journey to becoming a progressive Democrat:

  1. My research into financial literacy, not unlike Senator Elizabeth Warren (a former Republican), began with me blaming individuals, but led me to realize Americans are being systematically oppressed by oligarchical institutions and special interests.
  2. Learning that our atmosphere has increased from 280 to 415 parts-per-million of carbon dioxide from human action led me to reject climate denialism propaganda and realize the depth of our planetwide climate crisis.
  3. A deep dive into vaccines, in advance of our son’s birth on February 27, 2019, led me to reject anti-vaccination rhetoric and to receive 6 vaccinations myself.

Wealth stratification in the United States is off the charts. I’m supporting healthcare for all, a universal basic income, a Green New Deal, strengthening Social Security, and fair taxes instead of giveaways for wealthy individuals and large corporations.

In Congress, I will fight tenaciously for you, both on the House floor and in constituent casework. We must make a massive investment in the American people and our children’s future. We can do this! The time for change is now!

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District 11

DANA COTTRELL

My name is Dana Cottrell. I have been a resident of Hernando County, Florida, District 11, since 1988. Originally from Queens, New York, I moved down to Spring Hill in 1988 earning my Associates and Masters Degrees from the University of South Florida, Tampa. I have been a teacher since 1992 both for Hernando County Public Schools, and the Department of Defense Schools in Pusan, South Korea, and Bitburg, Germany. I currently teach my amazing Axolotl 7th grade students at Gulf Coast Academy in Spring Hill, Florida. I am married to my husband, Michael, and on December 28th, we will celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary. We have a son, Nolan, who is now 14 years old.

I have always had a desire to serve the public interest by running for elected office in order to do the most good for the most people. I entrusted our elected officials to do just that until the election of Donald Trump. Never before in our political process have I experienced the divisive rhetoric, and blind allegiance to lies and propaganda. Daniel Webster, through his voting record, and support of the Trump Administration has led me to pursue this Congressional seat.

As a middle class American, earning a teacher’s salary, I know that I am the best choice to represent the constituency of District 11 in support of the issues our citizens are most concerned inclusive of affordable health and drug costs, educational reform, securing social security, pensions, and medicare, protection of the environment, and the care of our Veterans.

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District 15

JESSE PHILIPPE

My name is Jesse Philippe and I am running for United States Congressional District 15. Many people ask me why I am running for US Congress? My journey in making such a life-changing decision began three years ago when I worked for Major telecommunication company. One day, I was on the phone with a customer who really wanted the ability to watch basic television service. I informed her to pay her bill before her service would return back on. She informed, while crying, that she only made 1,200 dollars a month on social security and she could not afford it. That day broke my heart, so I decided that I was going to dedicate my life to helping others. My life has always been a life of service ever since joining the United States Marine Corp. I want to continue that service by serving you in the US Congress.

What makes me different from other candidates who run for the US congress, is my belief that businesses can help the middle class. I believe in regulating big business to help support the middle class. Our society has been defined in how businesses interplay with society. When jobs are created and businesses give back to the middle class our society prospers. Businesses are growing at an enormous rate, and profits are at an all-time high. Yet, the middle-class wages are staying the same and student loan debts are raising. We need to introduce regulations so that businesses pay their fair share. Paying their fair share is not by introducing a higher tax rate, but by introducing incentives so that businesses can give back more to their employees. We can do this by offering any business that creates an employee benefit program, a tax incentive. Example of an employee benefit program would be student loan forgiveness, social security shortfalls, and prescription drug plans to their employees.

This is my vision for what America could be. A country rooted in businesses giving back to the middle class and not just the wealthy class and stockbrokers. If you believe in an America that puts the middle class first, then visit my website to learn
more about me. Also, our campaign would love your support. Thank you for taking the time to read this. God bless you.

ALAN COHN

Alan Cohn has spent more than 30 years speaking truth to power as an investigative journalist. He won the prestigious Peabody Award for his work to uncover defective parts on Black Hawk helicopters being built by Sikorsky Aircraft. In addition, he has reported several significant stories, including exposing corrupt politicians and exposing individuals falsely claiming to be veterans. More recently, Alan has worked as an anchor/managing editor of ABC 7 News in Tampa and hosted a political show in Sarasota, The Trapezoid. Alan currently lives with his wife Patty in Tampa, FL and they have two children, Ann and Aaron.

Alan understands the struggles facing middle class families and is running to make health care truly affordable by fixing rising prescription drug costs and fixing high deductibles that health care plans offer. Alan also knows that families have struggled to recover from the financial crisis and that several families still live paycheck to paycheck. He wants to give middle class families the tools they need to be successful. Alan has a long history of speaking truth to power, and will be a strong advocate in Congress for Florida families.

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ADAM HATTERSLEY

Adam Hattersley is a Navy veteran and small business owner focused on improving the lives of those in his community through public service. He believes the only way forward in this country is to put politics aside and send people to Washington who will work for their communities instead of themselves, their political parties or their big donors. Adam spent eight years as a nuclear submarine officer in the United States Navy protecting our country at home and abroad. Thinking of his father who volunteered to fight in Vietnam, Adam volunteered during the height of the Iraq War to deploy on the ground with a U.S. Army unit. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service.

Adam completed his Navy service as an electrical engineering instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy. He moved to Riverview, Florida in 2009 where he worked for a Fortune 500 company for seven years relying on his data-driven background to lead a team responsible for training and managing hundreds of skilled technicians all over the world. In 2016, Adam and his wife opened a small business helping other small businesses promote themselves. Adam has spent his life serving with honor and integrity and always putting country before party — and believes our leaders in public office should be held to that same standard. In 2018, after more than a decade as a registered independent, Adam sought and won a seat in the Florida Legislature as a Democrat. Focusing on the issues that matter to people across our communities, Adam serves in the Florida House of Representatives where he’s committed to lowering health care costs, honoring the service that veterans have made to our country and protecting public education.

Now, Adam is running for Congress to defend our Florida way of life and take back Washington from the career politicians who care more about their special interest donors and staying in power than the people they represent.

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Florida State House of Representatives

District 31

DEBRA KAPLAN

Aka Common Sense Kaplan

I am running for State House District 31, which includes NW Orange County communities of Tangerine, Sorrento, Plymouth, Zellwood, and portions of Apopka, and LAKE County communities of MT. Dora, Umatilla, Astor, Eustis,,Tavares and Astalula. I ran in 2018 and running again in 2020 because Common Sense needs to be brought to the way Tallahassee makes laws that effect Floridians including common sense gun laws, stopping the school to prison pipeline, protecting voter rights, expanding Medicaid to cover more low income residents, funding education properly and paying teachers better wages. I am for more affordable housing and bringing jobs to Florida that pay better wages. I also want better oversight of nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. We must also work to protect our drinking water supplies, ban fracking and drilling of both East and West Coasts of Florida.

 

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Crissy Stile

CRISSY STILE

Experience • Education • Energy

I have the Experience (current Mount Dora City Council member), the Education (Bachelor degree in Accounting and Masters in Business Administration – both from Stetson University), and Energy(in the 3-candidate council race in 2018 I won 58% of the vote). I have strong support across party lines – important to beat the Republican in District 31 in November, and also important once I get to Tallahassee working for you. I have a bi-partisan team of Democrats, Independents/NPAs and Republicans working on my campaign, with many winning campaigns behind them.

The district includes parts of Lake County as well as northwest Orange County, including Apopka. I have a large contingent of family in Orange County including my mom and dad, brother and wife (a teacher), nephews, niece, sister, and I lived in Apopka before relocating to Mount Dora nearly two decades ago.

I am the person who can flip this seat from GOP Red to Democratic Blue in 2020!

I am proud that I fulfilled every one of the campaign issues from my 2018 council race during my term. I’m an active community volunteer, and a member of 2020 Leadership Lake class which covers all aspects and activities of our county government. I am also a graduate of Florida League of Cities Institute of Elected Municipal Officials with three certifications.

What’s important to me is what’s important to you. As I listen to residents it comes down to quality of life: education and teacher pay, jobs and wages, protection and assistance for our seniors, parks/trails/waterway/greenspaces to enjoy, and maintaining our health and safety.

My promise to you: I won’t go down rabbit holes regarding things the state government doesn’t control, nor will I go after unrealistic dreams we can’t afford. I will keep you informed on a regular basis and respond quickly to provide answers or find solutions.

So, when you are looking for a candidate, pay attention to what they do and not what they say, because it tells you a lot. I proudly stand by my track record and experience.

 

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District 32

STEPHANIE DUKES

It is with honor and humility that this introduction is presented to you today.
We introduce to you Stephanie LaQuinta Dukes

Stephanie’s birth parents are Nila Helper and John W. Dukes. However, she was raised by her
mother and stepfather, the late Joseph L. Jones, Sr. in Mulberry, Florida, “Phosphate Capital of the World,” located in Polk County.

In 1979 she graduated from Mulberry High School then earned her Associate of Arts degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa in 1983. In 1986 she earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences from Florida State University. The commencement speaker, U.S.
Senator Claude Denson Pepper (D-FL), spoke words that day, which led to her destiny as a
public servant.

The African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” has played a prominent role in Dukes’ life. Stephanie’s values, morals, and sense of integrity were all developed at home by her extended family. It was indeed her village which helped to cultivate and expand Stephanie’s character. Village members in Mulberry and the surrounding towns, good neighbors, and churches all helped develop her work ethic, enforce community respect, and model responsibility for one another. Outside of family vacations and weekend adventures, Stephanie and her siblings enjoyed the youth programs offered by the surrounding churches and city organizations.  These activities provided additional opportunities for cultural appreciation. Stephanie has grown to become a best friend (BFF) to many, an excellent neighbor, a proud third-generation retired educator, a philanthropist, and a co-author with her 101-year-old maternal grandmother, Essie N. Helper-Morgan.

It is with the African proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” that Stephanie pays it forward today as a candidate for the Florida House of Representatives District 32. Stephanie calls her campaign platform “The People’s Platform” because she firmly believes being a representative is about “Representing the People.” The People of District 32 are those who interact through living, learning, working, praying, and playing within its communities. The People’s Platform concerns are focused around: “Education; Quality of Living; Immigration; Civic & Economic Empowerment; and the Environment." Let us continue to hear your voice today as we kick off our campaign with “100 Days of Voters’ Voices”.

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Linda Kero

LINDA KERO

I have been fortunate to live the American Dream.  I started with nothing and worked hard to achieve my personal pursuit of happiness.  I have been “there.”  I have been a high school dropout, a returning adult student, and middle-aged college graduate.  I have worked as a blue-collar, unskilled, union employee, and I have experienced being a salaried supervisor.  I have been a single working Mom without health insurance, and I have been the parental caregiver.  I have sold Real Estate and managed renovation projects as General Contractor.  I know what it feels like to live paycheck to paycheck.  My values have been instilled by my life experience.

I have been a Leesburg resident since January 2017.  My husband and I were frequent visitors during the past twenty years.  Central Florida was the happiest place on earth for us.  During our visits we would dream and make plans for retiring in central Florida.  We would discuss how wonderful it would be to retire and work part time at WDW, to be on vacation every day! It was a lovely dream.  Sadly, my husband was diagnosed with stage 4 Glioblastoma (brain cancer) in Feb 2015.  We decided to enjoyed the last six months of his life here in Florida as we had planned to, in retirement. Our life together was an amazing love story.  We loved, we laughed, we cared for our family, we struggled through the hard times together, and most importantly we inspired each other to be the best we could be at whatever the venture. We were blessed to have each other for thirty years.  I made him a promise that I would go on and that I will do my best in all I choose to accomplish.living, learning, working, praying, and playing within its communities.

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RYAN MORALES

1976 was a great year! Jimmy Carter won the election and was the first candidate from the Deep South to win since the Civil War. That year Florida had one of the best Governors by the name of Reubin Askew, a Democrat, who had a vision for a united Florida and is a role model for personal integrity and helping bring an end to segregation in our state.

1976 was a great year, and in September of 1976, Ryan was born. His mom was a warehouse worker while his dad worked in the restaurant business for many years. Growing up, Ryan was an outstanding community leader working to help his neighbors and served as a Cub Scout all the way through the ranks of Boy Scout. Throughout his sporting years, Ryan would serve as the captain of many of his teams including 3 years in PopWarner and all 4 years of the top-ranking North Bergen High School Football, and Track & Field programs.

Today Ryan’s first and most important job is being a father to 2 beautiful little girls. Ryan comes from a Hospitality, Marketing and Entertainment background. He is currently a small business owner of a consulting firm called DelPuma, located in Clermont. Ryan is considered a marketing guru by his peers for his high energy, upbeat ideas as he helps to create smart branding and imaging strategies for local businesses. As a business consultant Ryan is able to pinpoint his client’s problems and offers them solutions that work. Ryan wants to bring his skills and knowledge to Tallahassee so he can help the many who feel they are not being represented properly in our capitol.

As Ryan says “I am a concerned son, brother, husband, and father, I want to protect our state in order to create a brighter future for all Floridians. I’m just a normal guy looking to clean up the mess and corruption in Tallahassee.”

Ryan is our Precinct 47 Captain, and the Lake County Hispanic Democrat Caucus Vice President, whos helping to bring everyone in Lake County together. With your help, he will send his opponent home in 2020 and do what’s right for the people of Lake County.

If you are looking for someone to get excited about this 2020 Election –
Then let me introduce you to our future
Florida House District 32 Representative Ryan Morales.

Fighting for what’s right!

 

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District 33

DEE MELVIN

My name is Mamie A. Melvin, but my friends call me Dee.  I am running for Florida House of Representatives, District 33, because our current legislator does not represent all the people in District 33.

We deserve a Representative who will represent all our American values.

We deserve a Representative who will support public education, so all children have the chance to achieve their full potential and fulfill their dreams the way I did.

As a child I never had to worry about active shooter drills.  We deserve a Representative who will support common-sense gun laws.  Children should not have to worry about active shooters.

We deserve a Representative who will fight for affordable health care.  When I was a child, my family could not afford to go to the doctor.  I never saw a doctor or dentist until I was 12 years old – we did not have health care and neither do many of our children in the district today.

We deserve a Representative who will fight for a living wage and affordable housing.  No child in Florida should go to bed hungry or live in poverty the way I did.

I was born in North Carolina and raised in Clinton and Columbia, South Carolina.  I lived in poverty, often with no electricity, water or indoor plumbing.  Often, I did not know where I would sleep at night.  At the age of 12, my life changed forever.  I was sent to live in a Methodist children’s home and lived there until the age of 18.  This move opened a world of opportunity for me that I would not
have otherwise had.

I am an Air Force Veteran.  I met and married my husband, Kenneth Melvin, at my first duty station.  Ken is also an Air Force Veteran.  Between us, we have over 60 years of service to our country.  I am happy to say we have been married for 42 wonderful years.  I retired from the Air Force at Patrick Air
Force Base in Florida in 2007.

While in the Air Force I took full advantage of the GI Bill and graduated with honors from Bellevue College in Bellevue, Nebraska with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration.

We have lived in Florida since 1998 and in The Villages since 2014.

Learn more at votedeemelvin.com.

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2020 Municipal Races

All 14 of Lake County’s municipalities have elections this year. All these elections are non-partisan, which means your party affiliation will not appear on the ballot. Filing packets should be picked up from the municipal clerk at least one week before the filing deadline. Please double check the filing deadline. Democrats seeking more information should contact Jane Hepting at 352-250-6771 or [email protected]

Municipality

Seats

Current Holders

Filing Deadline

Astatula

Mayor & Two Council Seats

Mitchell Mack, Steve Cross, Orita Issartel

Noon on 8/14/20

Clermont

Mayor & Council Seats 1 & 5

Gail Ash, Tim Bates, Diane Travis

Noon on 6/19/20

Eustis

Commission Seats 3, 4 & 5

Marie Aliberti, Robert Morin, & Emily Lee

Noon on 8/7/20

Fruitland Park

Commission Seats 3, 4 & 5

Chris Cheshire, John Gunter, Jr., Chris Bell

Noon on 6/12/20

Groveland

Mayor & Council Seats 3 & 5

Evelyn Wilson, Dina Sweatt, Randolph Waite

Noon on 6/12/20

Howey-in-the-Hills

Council Seats 4 & 5

David Nebel & John Scott

Ask the clerk

Lady Lake

Commission Seats 2 & 4

Tony Holden, Paul Hannan

Noon on 7/3/20

Leesburg

Commission Seats 1 & 3

Jay Hurley & Elise Dennison (both termed out)

4 p.m. on 7/31/20

Mascotte

Council Seats 2 & 4

Louise Thompson, Brenda Brasher

Noon on 8/14/20, but office is closed Fridays

Minneola

Council Seats 2 & 4

Lisa Jones, Kelly Price

Noon on 8/17/20

Montverde

Two Council Seats

Jim Peacock, Billy Bates

Sometime in August.

Ask clerk

Mount Dora

Council Seats 2, 3 & at large

Cal Rolfson, John Tucker, Crissy Stile

Noon on 8/14/20

Tavares

Council Seats 1, 3 & 5

Amanda Bogus, Roy Stevenson, Lori Pfister

Noon on 8/14/20

Umatilla

Mayor & Council Seats 1, 2 & 3

Brian Butler, Laura Wright, & Eric Olson (termed out) 

Noon on 6/12/20

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2020 Hospital Board Races

The filing deadline for all these races is noon on 6/12/20.  Please pick up the Candidate Packet from the Supervisor of Elections Office at least one week prior to the deadline so you have time to complete the paperwork.  Democrats who seek more information should contact Jane Hepting at 352-250-6771 or [email protected].  

 

Office

Seat

Current Holder

Party

Filing Deadline

NL Hosp. Bd.

NE 1

Catherine Hanson

Republican

Noon on 6/12/20

NL Hosp. Bd.

NE 3

Tom Talmage

Republican

Noon on 6/12/20

NL Hosp. Bd.

NW 5

Vacant

Noon on 6/12/20

2020 County Races

The filing deadline for all these races is noon on 6/12/20.  Please pick up the Candidate Packet from the Supervisor of Elections Office at least one week prior to the deadline so you have time to complete the paperwork.  Democrats who seek more information should contact Jane Hepting at 352-250-6771 or [email protected].  

 

Office

District

Current Holder

Party

Supervisor of Elections

Alan Hays

Republican

Clerk of Court

Gary Cooney

Republican

Tax Collector

David Jordan

Republican

Property Appraiser

Cary Baker

Republican

Sheriff

Peyton Grinnell

Republican

County  Commission

1

Tim Sullivan

Republican

County Commission

3

Wendy Breeden

Republican

County Commission

5

Josh Blake

Republican

School Board

2

Kristi Burns

Non-partisan race

School Board

4

Sandy Gamble

Non-partisan race

Water Authority

At large, #1

Keith Farner

Republican

Water Authority

1

Margaret Cox

Democrat

Water Authority

3

Carolyn Maimone

Republican

Water Authority

5

Amy Stone

Democrat

Soil & Water Board

2

Rose Fitzpatrick

Non-partisan race

Soil &  Water Board

4

Susan Fetter

Non-partisan race