About 250 sign-waving fans greeted Democratic congressman Jim Davis to Sarasota’s Payne Park Sunday evening. Davis is running for governor against Republican Charlie Crist. And “running” is the operative word as the two men crisscrossed Florida looking votes in tomorrow’s election. With no necktie and sleeves rolled-up, Davis told the Sarasota crowd that high insurance premiums and property taxes are threatening to send Floridians out-of-state for relief.
“You know we just left couples down in Cape Coral from Ohio that are thinking about moving back to Ohio. We just met a couple from New York that’s thinking about moving back to NY because it’s more affordable. This is about the American dream.”
Davis promised, as governor, he would lower insurance premiums and property taxes while boosting teacher-pay by four-thousand-dollars a year. The democrat’s biggest applause came when he said he would restore faith in the state’s election system. Sarasota County voters decide tomorrow whether to replace their touch-screen voting machines with paper ballots.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis appeared with former Senator Bob Graham and Rhea Chiles before 250 enthusiastic Sarasota supporters Sunday night. The Tampa congressman said as governor he would work to lower property taxes and insurance premiums, while giving teachers a four-thousand-dollar raise. The crowd gathered outside at Payne Park gave Davis his biggest applause when he promised statewide voting reform.
“We’re going to have automatic restoration of voting rights for convicted felons. If you’ve solved the crime you’ve done the time and I am going to appoint a secretary of state who’s going to do what Katherine Harris was never willing to do – free and fair elections in Florida in 2008 including for President of the United States.”
Sarasota County voters decide tomorrow whether to replace their touch-screen voting machines with paper ballots. Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent is warning people to make sure to review their choices before punching the red vote button. Some people complained in early voting that they didn’t see the Christine Jennings – Vern Buchanan congressional race until they reviewed their ballot choices carefully at the end.
Monday, 06 November 2006 00:00
Davis Campaigns in SarasotaWritten by WGCU Newsroom