The Black Democratic Caucus of Bay County hosted a ‘Meet the Candidates’ event Saturday morning, that allowed local democrats to meet candidates running for Congress and Governor.
Leon Belton, the President of the Bay Caucus said that this event actually helped them make history.
“We are making history today because this will be the first time that we will have the opportunity to have state level candidates in Bay county visiting minority areas,” Belton said.
The candidates shared their platforms, and allowed members of the community to ask any questions.
Phil Ehr is running for Congress, District one, and Bob Rackleff, who will be running against Congressman Neal Dunn for District two attended the event, and were able to share some of their priorities.
“My goals for Congress is to restore some pride back into our representation from Northwest Florida, to get America to work again — that’s not just pablum, that’s in the way that we structure the tax system to benefit the middle class directly,” Ehr said.
“I am especially concerned about the problem of healthcare in this country,” Rackleff said. “I am distressed by the solution that is proposed that would wipe out coverage for an estimated 63,000 people in this congressional district alone.”
Tallahassee Mayor, Andrew Gillum, came to the event to learn more about Bay county and promote his campaign for governor.
“We are working to make sure that people know matter where you come from in this state, that you feel like you have a voice in your state capital — that’s been missing for a long time in the state, and I’m going to run advocating for every day folks in the state to have a seat at the table,” Mayor Gillum said.
The Black Democratic Caucus of Bay County also used this event to encourage members of the community to go out and vote next November.