Ross Hancock

Why am I so darn independent?

The fastest growing political party in our state is “no party.” For whatever reason, most new voters in District 105 don’t feel the urge to commit. Plus, we had an independent senator (Bernie) running for president (and winning many states). We recently had a lifelong Republican (Charlie) run as a Democrat for Florida’s governor. Apparently, things are not as black and white as they once were.

And in the three-county district I am running in, more than one out of every three voters is not registered either as a Democrat or a Republican! This is the only district in Florida where there are more independents than either Democrats or Republicans.

I am a lifelong Democrat, but I am committed to representing the interests of ALL the families in the district. I will do that with no binding commitment to any special interests.

Generally, we South and Southwest Floridians are best served by three principles which, I suppose, are, at least in Tallahassee, traditionally within the “Democratic” or “independent” spectrum of things, but all Americans should hold these values dear:

  • Protection for our water and environment and, therefore, home values.
  • No discrimination.
  • Quality public education.

Due to gerrymandering, many districts in the state are solid red or blue. That’s where the career politicians like to run—where it’s easy to raise money and the winner is virtually decided in the primary. That wouldn’t interest me.

This is the most independent district in Florida. Mathematically, I will need the vote of a majority of independent voters.

I like State House District 105 because it’s a very balanced mix of Democrats, Republicans and Independents.

If you are a Democrat, you can be confident that I am there for working people and people in need, and I am supported by labor and teachers.

If you are Independent, your interests are incorporated in every vote I will make.

Even if you are Republican, I ask for your support. I will humbly work to be the best representative I can be, always committed to protecting your family, your home, and our children’s futures.

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