Margaret Good pulled off a huge upset in the House District Special Election last week, beating James Buchanan 52 to 44. With the win, HD 72, a district that went from Trump in 2016, flips from red-to-blue.
Good’s campaign was a win for Florida schools, small businesses and the environment. As a member of the legislature, she will be an advocate for increased access to health care, an end to corporate welfare, and expanded opportunities for every single person in Sarasota.
“I want to thank everyone who supported this campaign. It would not have been possible without the thousands of individuals, who like me, have had enough of the divisiness that permeates Tallahassee and gave of their time, money and talent. This election is over. With the legislative session nearing its end, I understand the clear mandate provided by voters tonight to bring Sarasota values to Tallahassee starting tomorrow,” said Good.
“We couldn’t be more proud of Margaret, for the campaign she ran. She was the better candidate, her message resonated with voters in Sarasota, and the results showed that. This win shows us that Floridians are rejecting the same tired rhetoric we saw with Donald Trump’s campaign, which was the same rhetoric Buchanan used to try and win. This is a referendum on Trump and the GOP,” remarked the Florida Democratic Party.
There are education bills active in committee, a budget that has yet to be agreed upon, and thousands of Floridians who want the community move forward. During her positive campaign, Good outlined a clear vision to prevent offshore oil drilling, invest in small businesses rather than large corporations who can afford lobbyists, and ensure that no one is denied health care based on pre-existing conditions.
“Republicans across the state continue to campaign on issues like the border wall, that are not actual state issues and only serve to divide and demonize the immigrant population,” continued the Florida Democratic Party. “We are going to continue to focus on the real issues affecting this state, like the fact that nearly half the state is struggling – living paycheck to paycheck, and the fact that hundreds of thousands of people are without health care because Republican leadership refused to expand Medicaid. This is the beginning of a movement here in Florida. We will continue to work hard in every race, up and down the ballot, because Floridians deserve better.”
“The voters have spoken. People in District 72 want leaders who listen and act boldly to better our community. I will be accessible, transparent, and fully committed to this community that has provided me and my family so much. I am honored to serve and will work every day for every one of us,” Good concluded.
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