His name is David Holden, and he's a lifelong Democrat with a progressive and clean agenda for changing the status quo in Washington.
Before he spoke at the gathering, he moved around the large crowd shaking hands and talking. He approached me just minutes after I arrived. We were all wearing nametags, and he said, "You're the writer, right?" Surprised, I nodded. He said, "I read your short pieces on the internet, "La Cucharacha" and "The Dead" and you really pull out all the stops!" You could have knocked me over. This candidate (or his staff) actually researched my name before the event, and because of the details he mentioned, I knew he had actually read my flash fiction. Astonishing due diligence, if you ask me.
Eventually he was introduced and spoke to the crowd. Urbane, smart, well spoken with great presence and a very down to earth approach, David addressed all the things that progressives are concerned about these days: Immigration, Climate Change, Gun Control, Tariffs, Foreign Relations Health Care, Education and more.
In order to run for Congress, there are Federal requirements, but there are also State requirements that differ by state. In Florida, these are the rules:
A candidate may waive the required filing fees if he or she submits an in-lieu-of-filing-fee petition with signatures equal to at least 1 percent of the total number of registered voters in the geographical area represented by the office being sought.
For David, this translates to 5,000 signatures on petitions OR $10,000 in fees. The American Way, right? Money, money, money. So I am asking for support for this candidate. SIGN THE PETITION! It costs nothing to help this candidate get on the ballot.
David Holden at the Women's March 2018
If you can afford to pitch in some bucks for his campaign, it would be one of the worthiest causes I can think of. We badly need to turn Florida blue and stop the insanity. David Holden would be a great agent for change in Congress, so please support him, if you can.