Florida State Representative, 31st House District
OK. Here we go. Getting into the home stretch. Only four more ballot items to decide on. This one is state level, then we have US House, US Senate, and President. I am running out of time too! There are a little under 5 hours until the polls close, and some of that time I have to be at meetings or taking Amy to music lessons, and other things like that. So... lets get to it. The candidates are:
* Mitch Needelman (Republican)
* Gerda Termitus (Democrat)
OK Termitus, you lose points for not having a website. At least not one I can find. Once again I say, PEOPLE, it is 2004! Get on the web!!
The Florida Today summary
is useful as always. Just in this forum, Needelman shows a greater breadth and concern over a wider range of issues. Termitus defines herself as a narrow issue candidate (education and health care). But does not provide any information that really defines what she would do to any level of detail, even on those issues. One naturally can not speak too much in such a forum, but it could have been more. A website would have helped here too.
In addition, when you look at Needelman's site, he uses his incumbancy well. He has a long list of legilsative proposals he has sponsored, most of which look reasonable at first glance. He has the experience, he has the track record, I don't see anything as an overriding negative...
Florida today agrees in their endorsement
. They say, "Needelman's opponent, Democrat Gerda Termitus, worked in the pharmaceutical industry and is a captain in the Army Reserve. Although she has a sincere desire to serve, she has little knowledge of the issues and is no match for Needelman's experience. " Yeah, that is what it looked like to me too.
My vote: Mitch Needelman
"Although she has a sincere desire to serve..."
Experience has to start somewhere.
Though she is probably running to avoid deployment to go die in Iraq for NOTHING.