Know Before You Vote: Florida Junior Senator

Marco Rubio

WENDY PARKULO / NEWS TEAM

With the general election coming up in a little over a week it is time to take a look at what other offices are on the ballot besides the presidency. One of the positions that will be decided next week is that of the United States Senator who will represent Florida. Bill Nelson DEM is the current senior United States Florida senator who is not up for reelection at this time as US Senators serve staggered six year terms. This year there are seven names on the ballot for junior senator including the Republican incumbent, Marco Rubio.

Marco Rubio REP– Marco Rubio was born in 1971 in Miami, Florida to Cuban immigrant parents. He has previously served as the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. Rubio was elected to the US senate in 2010 and he is the chair of two committees in the US Senate: the Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, in addition to the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women’s Issues. As senator he proposed a plan to cut taxes and also co-sponsored several humanitarian bills. Rubio declared that he would not seek senate reelection after seeking a GOP bid for the presidency, but after dropping out of that race he has since reversed that decision. As the current incumbent he is favored in many polls at this time.

Patrick Murphy DEM– Patrick Murphy was also born in Miami in 1983. He worked for his father’s construction company for many years eventually becoming its Vice President. One of his main projects after the BP oil spill of 2010 was to secure contracts for the clean-up work of the spill. In 2012 he ran for the US House of Representatives in the 18th congressional district. He narrowly defeated the incumbent Allen West. Murphy was reelected in 2014. Formerly a Republican, Murphy switched to Democrat because of his opposition to the Tea Party movement and the party’s extremism. He is considered a more moderate Democrat, describing himself as, “fiscally responsible, socially progressive.” Now Murphy will have to see if he can edge out another incumbent for the junior US Senate seat of Florida.

Paul Stanton LPF– Paul Stanton is an Iraq War veteran who has no previous political experiences but took the state of Florida’s first Libertarian primary. His main campaign points include cutting taxes and decriminalizing many drugs as well as a full audit of the Federal Reserve and equal opportunities for all citizens.

Tony Khoury NPA– Tony Khoury is another first time politician who immigrated to America at the age of 17. He has been a successful entrepreneur, founding two aviation companies. His goals include numerous reforms to education, social security, and healthcare as well as the elimination of ISIS and other terrorist groups. Since he is not a career politician he claims that he is only in this race for the good of the people.

Bruce Nathan NPA– Bruce Nathan served in the United States Army Active Reserves from 2001 to 2010 and this is his first time running for public office. He supports major tax cuts, securing our borders and deportation of criminals, as well as proposing a family law bill that would set clear child support guidelines.

Steven Machat NPA– Steven Machat is a lawyer and active traveler who was visited all 67 counties of Florida. He would like to focus on equal application of laws, limitation of monopolies in business, and background checks for gun purchases. He also supports a “living wage” and the legalization of marijuana.  

Basil E. Dalack NPA– Basil Dalack was born in New Jersey in 1930 but has lived in Florida since 1960. Dalack is a lawyer who supports neutrality and wants all troops brought back to America immediately. He advocates only fighting if we are attacked and the preservation of peace.

All of these candidates have easily accessible campaign websites if you would like to look at additional information into their stances and platforms. Be informed and go vote on November 8th.

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