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[[Libertarian]] candidate [[Ray Netherwood]] stated in June 2014 that he supports a Term Limit Amendment of three terms for those in [[Congress]]. Neither of the major party candidates--Curt Clawson (R) or [[April Freeman]] (D)--have weighed in on the issue.<ref name="termlimit">[http://www.examiner.com/article/term-limits-enter-fray-florida-s-congressional-district-19-race ''Examiner'', "Term limits enter fray in Florida's Congressional District 19 race," accessed June 4, 2014]</ref>
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[[Libertarian]] candidate [[Ray Netherwood]] stated in June 2014 that he supports a Term Limit Amendment of three terms for those in [[Congress]]. Neither of the major party candidates--[[Curt Clawson]] (R) or [[April Freeman]] (D)--have weighed in on the issue.<ref name="termlimit">[http://www.examiner.com/article/term-limits-enter-fray-florida-s-congressional-district-19-race ''Examiner'', "Term limits enter fray in Florida's Congressional District 19 race," accessed June 4, 2014]</ref>
  
 
Netherwood said, "A representative government must by default be refreshed and turned over. The careerists in DC who have been on power trips for 20 or 30 years (and some longer) are those who have guided us into the fiscal sinkhole and ethics-free circus that our Nation is in. Sadly, we have a largely apathetic pool of voters who simply keep pulling the lever or filling in the circle for whoever "their party" has on the ballot. Why should local governments be any different? We thank all those who have stood up to serve, but turnover for new and different ideas, for fresh blood, must become a reality to save the Republic and keep municipalities vibrant."<ref name="termlimit"/>
 
Netherwood said, "A representative government must by default be refreshed and turned over. The careerists in DC who have been on power trips for 20 or 30 years (and some longer) are those who have guided us into the fiscal sinkhole and ethics-free circus that our Nation is in. Sadly, we have a largely apathetic pool of voters who simply keep pulling the lever or filling in the circle for whoever "their party" has on the ballot. Why should local governments be any different? We thank all those who have stood up to serve, but turnover for new and different ideas, for fresh blood, must become a reality to save the Republic and keep municipalities vibrant."<ref name="termlimit"/>

Revision as of 15:02, 4 June 2014

2012

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Florida's 19th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 26, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Vacant

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[3]

Florida U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 19th Congressional District of Florida will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
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Trey Radel (R) was arrested in the District of Columbia on October 29, 2013, for possession of cocaine. He was officially charged on November 19, 2013, in D.C. Superior Court with misdemeanor possession of cocaine.[4][5]

On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, Radel plead guilty to possession of cocaine. He was sentenced to one year of supervised probation.[4][6][7]

On January 27, 2014, Radel announced his resignation from Congress.[8][9]

A special election will be held to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Rep. Trey Radel (R).[10] The winner will face re-election in 2014, with the primary scheduled for August 26, 2014, followed by the November general election.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
May 2, 2014
August 26, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Florida is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[11][12][13]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters have to register by July 28, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6, 2014.[14]

See also: Florida elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the district is vacant.

Florida's 19th Congressional District is located in southwestern Florida and includes Lee and Collier counties.[15]

Candidates

Failed to file

Rumored candidates

Declined to run

Issues

Term limits

Libertarian candidate Ray Netherwood stated in June 2014 that he supports a Term Limit Amendment of three terms for those in Congress. Neither of the major party candidates--Curt Clawson (R) or April Freeman (D)--have weighed in on the issue.[27]

Netherwood said, "A representative government must by default be refreshed and turned over. The careerists in DC who have been on power trips for 20 or 30 years (and some longer) are those who have guided us into the fiscal sinkhole and ethics-free circus that our Nation is in. Sadly, we have a largely apathetic pool of voters who simply keep pulling the lever or filling in the circle for whoever "their party" has on the ballot. Why should local governments be any different? We thank all those who have stood up to serve, but turnover for new and different ideas, for fresh blood, must become a reality to save the Republic and keep municipalities vibrant."[27]

Controversy

Radel's cocaine arrest

See also: Trey Radel#Controversy

Florida's 19th Congressional District Rep. Trey Radel (R) was arrested in the District of Columbia on October 29, 2013, for possession of cocaine. He was officially charged on November 19, 2013, in D.C. Superior Court with misdemeanor possession of cocaine.[4][28]

On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, Radel plead guilty to possession of cocaine. He was sentenced to one year of supervised probation.[4][29][30]

Key votes

Below are important votes the current incumbent cast during the 113th Congress.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[31] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[32] Trey Radel voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[33]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[34] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Trey Radel voted against HR 2775.[35]

Campaign contributions

Incumbent Trey Radel reported in 2013 second quarter reports, for April through June 2013, that he added $73,387 to his campaign account for re-election.[36]

Trey Radel

Trey Radel (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]April 15, 2013$121,751.99$69,043.90$(37,218.67)$153,577.22
July Quarterly[38]July 15, 2013$153,577.22$73,387.71$(50,049.07)$176,915.86
October Quarterly[39]October 13, 2013$176,915.86$155,669.04$(76,854.46)$255,730.44
Year-end[40]January 31, 2014$255,730$64,231$(56,279)$263,683
Running totals
$362,331.65$(220,401.2)

Paige Kreegel

Paige Kreegel (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[41]April 15, 2013$0$0$(2,178)$1,827
July Quarterly[42]July 15, 2014$1,827$0$(774)$1,052
October Quarterly[43]October 15, 2014$1,052$0$(0)$5,625
Year End[44]January 31, 2014$5,625$0$(0)$3,052
Pre-Special[45]April 10, 2014$3,052$236,055$(205,128)$33,979
Running totals
$236,055$(208,080)

Byron Donalds

Byron Donalds (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[46]April 15, 2013$0$0$(0)$2,807
July Quarterly[47]July 15, 2013$2,807$0$(913)$1,481
Running totals
$0$(913)

April Freeman

April Freeman (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year End[48]January 31, 2014$0.00$23,003$(14,123)$8,879
Pre-Special[49]April 10, 2014$8,879$72,072$(47,837)$33,114
Running totals
$95,075$(61,960)

Ray Netherwood

Ray Netherwood (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[50]July 15, 2014$0$151,000$(11,806)$3,293
October Quarterly[51]October 15, 2014$3,293$10,047$(587)$12,753
Year End[52]January 31, 2014$12,753$0$(24)$12,729
Pre-Special[53]April 4, 2014$12,729$2,094$(16,030)$-1,206
Running totals
$163,141$(28,447)

Endorsements

Democratic candidates

Democratic candidate April Freeman received the endorsement of Democrats Advancing Progressive Action in Congress (DAPAC) in late July 2013.[54]

All DAPAC candidates are pro-choice, support stronger LBGT rights, support working family and union rights, support honest and Democratic markets and businesses, support publicly funded universal healthcare, support environmental protection, oppose the Patriot Act, oppose the Iraq War and oppose the Death Penalty.[54]

Freeman said, "I'm proud and excited to have the backing and endorsement from DAPAC. Over the past few months I've been working hard traveling, training and aligning myself with national organizations and groups, so I can run this campaign with confidence knowing I have the education, support and backing needed to win this district. Now I feel I can get down to the real work of raising the money it's going to take to make this happen."[54]

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2012

On November 6, 2012, Trey Radel (R) won election to the United States House. He defeated Jim Roach and Brandon Smith in the general election.

U.S. House, Florida District 19 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTrey Radel 62% 189,833
     Democratic Jim Roach 35.8% 109,746
     Independent Brandon Smith 2.2% 6,637
Total Votes 306,216
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Ted Deutch won to the United States House. He defeated Joe Budd (R) and Stan Smilan (I) in the general election.[55]

U.S. House, Florida District 19 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTed Deutch 62.6% 132,098
     Republican Joe Budd 37.3% 78,783
     Independent Stan Smilan 0.1% 228
Total Votes 211,109

See also

External links

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