Deadlines cause anxiety. Papers and checks mailed weeks before still had not arrived. What do we do? Road Trip with Rachel Brown, State Senate District 27 candidate-to-be.
The first stop was in Charlotte county. Andy Mele (a well-known Waterkeeper and environmental advocate) was worried that the check he mailed wouldn’t arrive in time. We stopped and picked up a physical check that we would deliver to Tallahassee in person.
The second stop was in Gainsville, where we picked Kim Dugger’s final paperwork. Then, we pushed on to our final destination: Tallahassee.
We turned in paperwork and then saw fellow State Senate Candidate, Heather Hunter (FL SD 7 in the Volusia area — she was in Tallahassee too!).
We obsessively checked the Department of State website to see if the names switched from “Active” to “Qualified” (meaning the paperwork had been accepted. When there was a delay, we called to see what needed to be fixed. It was very stressful.
Give to 4 State Senate Candidates (there are more, like Karen Butler, Katherine Norman, and Rachel Brown, but their ActBlue accounts are not up yet).
It was a relief to see these wonderful candidates officially qualify (see above). There was one problem. We met Anita Huffman, who submitted her check to the DOS for House District 5. They did not accept her check and we are not sure why. They did not answer her call when she tried to check in. They did not notify her that something was wrong. See photo of her delivering the paperwork and check in Tallahassee.
Give to 8 State House candidates in Northeast Florida (Jacksonville areas).
Give to 5 State House candidates in Southwest Florida (Fort Myers, Port Charlotte areas).
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