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The Official Election Magazine of the        Florida Professional Firefighters        Serving Florida’s Firefighters and E...
Brothers and Sisters:                                                                                           Too Much a...
Charlotte                       Paul J. Moriarty, Sr.           Robert Hill (DEM)             Diane Rowden                ...
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  1. 1. The Official Election Magazine of the Florida Professional Firefighters Serving Florida’s Firefighters and EMS PersonnelInside:MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2Endorsed Candidates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-7Our Statewide Picks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
  2. 2. Brothers and Sisters: Too Much at Stake Since our last general election, politicians have attacked firefighters and You don’t need to be told how bad Rick Scott has been for fire fighters, even tried to shut down our right to belong to a Union. The Florida legislature paramedics and other public workers in Florida. But you can make sure and Rick Scott have imposed a 3% pension income tax on your earnings, that politicians who openly attack us, and those who will be coming after eliminated your COLA, and supported the gutting of several of our 175 your pensions, your rights, your pay and benefits never get to your city and pension plans. Rick Scott and the legislature had the gall to take a “pension holiday” county councils, the Florida House, the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives from their employer contributions for the past 2 years. Scott has the legislation or the White House. drafted for 2013 to eliminate the Florida Retirement System pension plan altogether. This election is about killing the momentum of our opposition and moving our This booklet contains every federal and state and some local candidates that have agenda forward once again. This is about electing our friends so you don’t have been screened and endorsed by your union. I urge you to use this information when to struggle every day to protect your pay, benefits and rights on the job. But you you vote and share it with your family. It is critical that you vote the entire ballot, have to be in the game to do it. especially the Constitutional Amendments, the Florida legislative races and to retain the 3 sitting Supreme Court Judges.  You need lawmakers who will maintain the firewall in the Florida Senate and can block the bills aimed right at you. You also will elect a U.S. senator and If the Judges are not retained, Rick Scott gets to appoint 3 new judges, for life. members of Congress in crucial U.S. House of Representatives races, and you Representatives and Senators who follow the leadership’s directives will finish what need lawmakers at all levels who are willing to work with you. they tried to do in 2011 and 2012. It’s time to get in the game and support those who support you. -Gary Gary Rainey Harold Schaitberger Protect Our Courts and Our Rights No on Amendment 3: A Very Dangerous Idea “We have never seen elections which were more important to the lives and Amendment 3 is a reckless attempt to tie the hands of Floridians in meeting future careers of firefighters, paramedics and EMTs. The Republican Party of Florida challenges. Often called TABOR (Tax Payer Bill of Rights), it proved to be a disaster announced their opposition to the retention of Justices R. Fred Lewis (appointed in Colorado, the only state to ever try it. Colorado’s schools and infrastructure 1998), Barbara Pariente (appointed 1997) and Peggy Quince (appointed 1998) crumbled, critical health care programs for seniors and children were scrapped and to the state Supreme Court. Efforts to control the judiciary by the executive and taxes on property owners and businesses skyrocketed. Things got so bad the people legislative branches of our state government concern me more than any other who sponsored it pushed for its repeal. single issue. IAFF and FPF members should understand how important it is to retain fair, independent Justices on the Florida Supreme Court. Supreme Court decisions affect 30 states have rejected these risky caps but Rick Scott and his friends are hoping every aspect of your careers as well as your retirement.” they can fool voters into accepting it. Your union will never tell you how to vote, it’s your personal decision, but it’s our responsibility to make it crystal clear what – Larry Osborne, IAFF 12th District Vice President2 protects your job and retirement security. 3
  3. 3. Charlotte Paul J. Moriarty, Sr. Robert Hill (DEM) Diane Rowden Lake Alachua Mike Nowlin Jared Evan Moskowitz (DEM) Patricia Hawkins-Williams Howard C. Forman (DEM) North Naples Fire District, Florida House District 7 County Commission, District 3 Melbourne City Council, Florida House District 97 Lauderdale Lakes Clerk of the Circuit Courts Lizbeth Benacquisto (REP) Frank T. Bruno, Jr. (DEM) Clovis Watson, Jr. (DEM) Seat 5 District 1 City Commission, Seat 4 Florida Senate District 30 Florida Senate District 8 Florida House District 20 Katie Edwards (DEM) Stacy Ritter (DEM) Gadsden Hillsborough Gary Stasko Donna Fiala (DEM) Vasco Watters (REP) Betty Moore Florida House District 98 Benjamin Williams County Commission, District 3 Alfred J. Lawson, Jr. (DEM) Tom Lee (REP) Andrew Morey (DEM) County Commission, District 1 Melbourne City Council, Lauderdale Lakes Charlotte County Airport U.S. House District 2 Florida Senate District 24 Mount Dora City Council Florida House District 21 District 2 Elaine Schwartz (DEM) City Commission, Seat 6 Timothy M. Ryan (DEM) Authority, District 3 Tim Nance (REP) Florida House District 99 County Commission, District 7 Bill Montford (DEM) Holmes Lee County Commission, District 5 Bay Mark LaRusso Howard Berger (DEM) Ken Doherty (REP) Florida Senate District 3 County Commission, District 1 Alfred J. Lawson, Jr. (DEM) Lizbeth Benacquisto (REP) Alfred J. Lawson, Jr. (DEM) Melbourne Mayor Sharon Pritchett (DEM) Lauderhill City Commission, Dave V.C. Holeness (DEM) Kevin Rambosk (REP) U.S. House District 2 Florida Senate District 30 U.S. House District 2 Florida House District 102 Seat 1 County Commission, District 9 William Truex (REP) Sheriff Gilchrist Bill Rettinger County Commission, District 3 Heather Dawes Fitzenhagen Palm Bay City Council, Seat 2 Richard Neil Stark (DEM) Margret Bates Robert F. “Bob” Diaz Andrew Morey (DEM) Indian River Brevard Florida House District 104 Lauderhill City Commission, County Court Judge, Group 10 Dixie Florida House District 21 (REP) Thad Altman (REP) Florida House District 78Fred Andy Gardiner (REP) Michelle Paccione Seat 3 Citrus Andrew Morey (DEM) Florida Senate District 16 Forbes Florida Senate District 13 Palm Bay City Council, Seat 3 Jeff Green Rosalind Osgood Florida House District 21 Nancy Argenziano (INT) Gulf Cooper City City Commission, Frank Talerico School Board at Large 5 Tony Donadio (NPA) Bonita Springs Fire Control Thad Altman (REP) Florida House District 34 Alfred J. Lawson, Jr. (DEM) William Capote District 3 Margate City Commission, County Commission, District 3 and Rescue District, Seat 2 Florida Senate District 16 Palm Bay Mayor Seat 1 Franklin Sands Duval U.S. House District 2 Greg Ross School Board at Large 8 Collier Audrey Gibson (DEM) Steve Lohan Sean Ashby (DEM) Joe Pishgar (DEM) Cooper City Mayor Lesa Peerman Florida Senate District 9 Bill Montford (DEM) Jackson Mario Diaz-Balart (REP) Florida Senate District 3 Bonita Springs Fire Control Florida House District 50 County Commission, District 3 Margate City Commission, Robin Bartleman Alfred J. Lawson, Jr. (DEM) U.S. House District 25 and Rescue District, Seat 4 Dan Daley Seat 3 School Board at Large 9 Mia Jones (DEM) U.S. House District 2 John Paul Alvarez (DEM) Coral Springs Florida House District 14 Robert Hill (DEM) Florida House District 53 Broward Dwight Bullard (DEM) Florida House District 7 Bryan Raymond City Commission, Seat 2 John Hall Al Lamberti (REP) Florida Senate District 39 Jefferson Fort Myers Beach Fire Control Mario Diaz-Balart (REP) Margate City Commission, Sheriff Henry Parrish U.S. House District 25 Escambia District, Seat 4 Vincent Boccard Seat 4 Hamilton Alfred J. Lawson, Jr. (DEM) Steve Hemping Clay Ford (REP) Cocoa Mayor Coral Springs Mayor, Seat 1 Vicki A. Minnaugh U.S. House District 2 East Naples Fire District, Florida House District 2 Bill Montford (DEM) Leslie Kinsey Jeremy Ring (DEM) Joanne Simone South Broward Seat 3 Florida Senate District 3 Iona McGregor Fire Protection Barry Plans Florida Senate District 29 Walter Duke Margate City Commission, Drainage District Bill Montford (DEM) and Rescue Service District, Cocoa Beach Dania Beach City Commission Seat 5 Flagler Florida Senate District 3 Jeff Page Seat 2 City Commission, Seat 2 Christopher Smith (DEM) at Large Hendry Florida Senate District 31 Calhoun East Naples Fire District, Milissa Holland (DEM) Robert Hill (DEM) Donald Rosen Seat 5 Florida House District 24 Mario Diaz-Balart (REP) Kathy Kruse Ben Malik C.K. “Mac” McElyea Alfred J. Lawson, Jr. (DEM) Florida House District 7 Sunrise City Commissioner U.S. House District 25 Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Cocoa Beach Eleanor Sobel (DEM) Dania Beach City Commission U.S. House District 2 Group A Roger Simm Rescue District, Seat 1 City Commission, Seat 3 Florida Senate District 33 at Large Golden Gate Fire District, Franklin Dwight Bullard (DEM) Lafayette Bill Montford (DEM) Angel Gomez Seat 2 Alfred J. Lawson, Jr. (DEM) Florida Senate District 39 Ronald Krome Eric Herrburger Maria Lorts Sachs (DEM) Justin Serian Florida Senate District 3 Robert Hill (DEM) Weston City Commission, U.S. House District 2 Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Cocoa Beach Florida Senate District 34 Hollywood City Commission, Florida House District 7 Seat 1 Margaret “Peggy” Hanson City Commission, Seat 5 District 4 Robert Hill (DEM) Hernando Rescue District, Seat 3 North Naples Fire District, Bill Montford (DEM) Perry E. Thurston, Jr. (DEM) Florida House District 7 Nancy Argenziano (INT) Julio Gonzalez Seat 1 Florida Senate District 3 Florida House District 94 Florida House District 34 Circuit Court Judge, Group 454 5
  4. 4. Brandon Morris C. Madison Miami-Dade Andy Gardiner (REP) Jeff Rinehart Kevin Rader (DEM) Bob Hackworth Ray Pilon (REP) Lee Constantine Joshua J. Wagner Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Alfred J. Lawson, Jr. (DEM) Mario Diaz-Balart (REP) Florida Senate District 13 St. Cloud City Council, Seat 2 Florida House District 81 Dunedin Mayor Florida House District 72 County Commission, District 3 County Council Member, Rescue District, Seat 4 U.S. House District 2 U.S. House District 25 District 2 Darren Soto (DEM) Jay Polachek Patrick J. Rooney, Jr. (REP) Robert Shatnoff Greg Steube (REP) St. Johns Jacqueline Danis Florida Senate District 14 St. Cloud City Council, Seat 3 Florida House District 85 Palm Harbor Special Florida House District 73 Bill Montford (DEM) David Rivera (REP) Milissa Holland (DEM) Wakulla Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Florida Senate District 3 U.S. House District 26 Fire Control & Rescue District, Rescue District, Seat 5 Karen Dentel (DEM) Jarom Fertic Mark Pafford (DEM) Seat 3 Charles Bray Florida House District 24 Alfred J. Lawson, Jr. (DEM) Florida House District 30 St. Cloud Mayor Florida House District 86 Englewood Englewood Area U.S. House District 2 Robert Hill (DEM) Illeana Ros-Lehtinen (REP) Mike Gatewood Florida House District 7 U.S. House District 27 Neil Brickfield Fire Control District, Seat 4 Taylor North Fort Myers Fire Control Randolph Bracy III (DEM) Rayelynne Ketchum (REP) Tom Gustafson (DEM) Pinellas County Commission Bill Montford (DEM) Alfred J. Lawson, Jr. (DEM) Florida Senate District 3 and Rescue District, Seat 1 Gwen Margolis (DEM) Florida House District 45 Clerk of the Court Florida House District 89 District 1 Larry McNamara Manatee U.S. House District 2 Florida Senate District 35 Englewood Englewood Area Cecil L. Pendergrass (REP) Vern Buchanan (REP) Linda Stewart (DEM) Michael Harford (DEM) Lori Berman (DEM) Nancy Bostock Fire Control District, Seat 5 Robert Hill (DEM) Bill Montford (DEM) Florida House District 7 County Commission, District 2 U.S. House District 16 Dwight Bullard (DEM) Florida House District 47 County Commission, District 1 Florida House District 90 Pinellas County Commission Florida Senate District 3 Florida Senate District 39 District 3 David Garofalo Greg Steube (REP) Joe Saunders (DEM) Brandon Arrington (DEM) Dave Aronberg (DEM) North Port City Commission, Washington Leon Florida House District 49 Robert Hill (DEM) Florida House District 73 Sharon Pritchett (DEM) County Commission, District 3 State Attorney Ken Welch Seat 1 Alfred J. Lawson, Jr. (DEM) Florida House District 7 Alfred J. Lawson, Jr. (DEM) Florida House District 102 Pinellas County Commission U.S. House District 2 Sean Ashby (DEM) U.S. House District 2 Gene Brown Fred Hawkins, Jr. (DEM) District 7 Michael Truebert Pinellas City of Bradenton City Council, Barbara Watson (DEM) Florida House District 50 County Commission, District 5 North Port City Commission, Volusia Bill Montford (DEM) Jack Latvala (REP) Rene Flowers Seat 3 Ward 2 Florida House District 107 Frank T. Bruno, Jr. (DEM) Florida Senate District 3 Lui Damiani Katrina Scarborough (REP) Florida Senate District 20 Pinellas School Board Florida Senate District 8 Wayne Poston Alex Diaz de la Portilla (REP) County Commission, District 3 Property Appraiser District 7 Teresa Carafelli (DEM) Robert Hill (DEM) Peter Nehr (REP) Sarasota Sarasota Hospital City of Bradenton Mayor Florida House District 112 Milissa Holland (DEM) Florida House District 7 Jerry Demings (DEM) Bob Hansell (DEM) Florida House District 65 James Robinson Board, Seat 1 Florida House District 24 Dan Center Kionne L. McGhee (DEM) Sheriff Sheriff Largo City Commission Seat 4 Michelle Rehwinkel Lawrence T. Ahern (REP) Christine Robinson (REP) Southern Manatee Fire District Florida House District 117 David Santiago (REP) Vasillinda (DEM) Patsy Heffner (REP) Florida House District 66 County Commission, District 3 Commission, Seat 2 Osceola Florida House District 27 Florida House District 9 Tax Collector Polk James Cena Monroe Darren Soto (DEM) Ed Hooper (REP) Darren Soto (DEM) Charles Hines (REP) Nancy L. Schleicher David Rivera (REP) Florida Senate District 14 Florida House District 67 Florida Senate District 14 County Commission, District 5 Liberty Southern Manatee Fire District Palm Beach Deltona City Commission, Commission, Seat 4 U.S. House District 26 District 4 Alfred J. Lawson, Jr. (DEM) Dave Scherer Joseph Abruzzo (DEM) Dwight Dudley (DEM) U.S. House District 2 Kissimmee City Commission, Florida Senate District 25 Florida House District 68 Santa Rosa Seminole Dwight Bullard (DEM) Christopher C. Nabicht Marion Seat 1 Clay Ford (REP) Michael P. Clelland (DEM) Florida Senate District 39 Deltona City Commission, Bill Montford (DEM) Frank T. Bruno, Jr. (DEM) Jeff Clemens (DEM) Kathleen Mick Peters (REP) Florida House District 2 Florida House District 29 Florida Senate District 3 Sara Shaw Florida Senate District 27 Florida House District 69 District 6 Florida Senate District 8 Orange Kissimmee City Commission, Karen Dentel (DEM) Sarasota Drew Bastain Robert Hill (DEM) Clovis Watson, Jr. (DEM) Geraldine F. Thompson (DEM) Seat 3 Maria Lorts Sachs (DEM) Heather Gracy Florida House District 30 Florida House District 7 Florida Senate District 34 Vern Buchanan (REP) Port Orange City Council, Florida House District 20 Florida Senate District 12 Dunedin City Commission, U.S. House District 16 District 3 Seat 36 7
  5. 5. Florida Professional Firefighters345 West Madison StreetTallahassee, FL 32301 We need elected officials who will protect public safety and protect our pensions. These leaders stand by Florida’s firefighters. Remember them when you vote: R BARACK OBAMA for President R NELSON for Senate BILL FPF Position on Proposed Constitutional O OPPOSE Amendment 1: Aims to prevent laws or rules from compelling any person or employer to purchase, obtain, or otherwise provide for health care coverage. Amendments O OPPOSE Amendment 3: Imposes limitations on ability of local governments to raise revenue. O OPPOSE Amendment 4: Reduces local revenue by placing caps on property taxes for 2nd and 3rd homes. O OPPOSE Amendment 5: The amendment revises provisions relating to Judicial appointments. Amendment 9: Provides property tax exemptions for SUPPORT surviving spouses of military veterans or first responders who died in the line of duty. O OPPOSE Amendment 10: Provides an exemption from ad valorem taxes levied by local governments on tangible personal property whose value is greater than $25,000 but less than $50,000. www.fpfp.org facebook address twitter address FPF12001

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