Clearly, we don’t know what issues will be confronting us as we move into the heart of the 2018 election. We can't forecast what current items will still need to be addressed or what new issues will arise for the new Congress in January of 2019.
That being said, a discussion at this point of some of the items of national and local interest can give an insight into the minds of your candidate. It is important to note, however, that our system of governance requires subject matter expertise in more depth and broader than any individual can deliver without due diligence. I tend to seek advice from those with subject matter expertise and more importantly, those who will be directly affected by specific public policy choices. In other words, it is imperative that I seek the advice and the opinions of the voters of District 6, regardless of party affiliation.
I want to hear your needs, interests and opinions on what affects your quality of life. I reserve the right to change my mind on issues. I don’t claim to know everything, and as I receive more information, including that which is not commonly known my opinion may be swayed. This is just another way of saying that keeping an open mind is a big part of reaching the consensus necessary to move legislation forward, which is after all, the job. It is equally important to reassure the voters of District 6, though, that there is a moral compass that guides my thoughts, and it starts with the Golden Rule that was taught in my public education elementary school (it used to be on the chalk board, for those of you old enough to remember what those are). “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It is a cross-cultural phrase that forms the base of every religions’ rules of how to get along with one another.
Mutual respect, common sense, respect for the rule of law, are at the core of consensual rule making and effective political practice. So the following pages will be a “living discussion forum” about top issues. Please give me feedback, or if I am missing an important issue, let me know through the campaign website. Thanks, Bob Coffman Candidate for Florida 6, US House of Representatives