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Gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis to meet with Martin County Democrats

Martin County Democrats

For immediate release:
July 27. 2005
Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Davis to Meet with Martin County Democrats

CALENDAR ITEM:

WHO: U.S. Rep. Jim Davis, (D-FL) candidate from the Democratic nomination for Florida Governor will meet with leading Martin County Democrats

WHAT: Lunch, $10, reservations requested by Aug 5. Call 772-221-0405

WHEN: 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 9

WHERE: Ramada Inn, 1299 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart

WHY: Congressman Davis is reaching out to Democrats throughout Florida to exchange views on Florida’s future and solutions for solving problems. Davis is a five-term Congressman from Tampa and is one of three Democrats seeking the nomination for Governor in the 2006 election.

NEWS RELEASE

Gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis to meet with Martin County Democrats Aug. 9.

U.S. Rep. Jim Davis, a five-term Congressman from Tampa, is one of three Democrats running for Governor. He will meet with members of the Martin County Democratic Executive Committee, local precinct captains, other interested Democrats and elected officials at a lunch at 11 a.m. at the Ramada Inn, on Federal Highway in Stuart. Davis is visiting Martin County as part of his outreach to smaller Florida counties to explain his policies and plans as Governor.

Cost of the lunch is $10. Cost of the lunch is $10. Those wishing to attend should RSVP to 221-0405 or e-mail martindemocrats@bellsouth.net before Aug. 2.

“While serving as Majority Leader of the Florida House of in the mid-1990’s, I brought together teachers, principals, parents and community leaders to address a growing problem in Florida’s schools – increasing class size,” says Davis.

“The resulting class size law set manageable student-teacher ratios based on the input from people closest to the issue, and, most important, gave schools the resources they needed to meet these goals,” he says.

Davis also worked closely with former Governor. Lawton Chiles, former Education Commissioner Betty Castor, and then-Chairman of the House Education Committee and former Education Commissioner Doug Jamerson, to enact a student-centered accountability law that empowered and rewarded schools, teachers and students for achievement, rather than punishing them for not meeting arbitrary targets.

“Both of these common-sense, consensus-driven education policies were repealed by the current administration in Tallahassee,” says Davis. “I want to be governor to bring the voices of teachers, parents, principals and students back to the discussion of improving education and put our schools back on a path to success.”

The lunch with Davis is among a series of special events sponsored by Martin County Democratic groups this fall, including a tea with “Eleanor Roosevelt” Sept. 17, sponsored by Democratic Women’s Club of Martin County, and Nov. 5 “Dinner With Democrats” featuring U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.

Details can be found at the website www.martincountydemocrats.org or by calling Democratic headquarters at 772-221-0405.

Contact: David Dew, Martin County Democratic Executive Committee Chair 772-221-0405 or Valerie Jones, Vice Chair, 772-287-6167 or 772-834-6167


The following is a release by the Jim Davis, Democrat for Governor campaign. Distribution of this material does not constitute an endorsement by the Martin County Democratic Executive Committee.

Biography of Congressman

Jim Davis is an experienced, effective leader who listens to the needs and concerns of Floridians and gets results that make a difference to our families. From the State House to Congress, Jim has earned a reputation as a smart, principled fighter for common sense solutions to the problems of ordinary people.

A fourth-generation Floridian, Jim learned early on the values of hard work, community service, and accountability. An important figure in Jim's childhood was his grandfather, Cody Fowler, a Tampa community leader who stood up for civil rights in the 1950's and fought to rid local government of corruption. From him, Jim learned the importance of standing up for what you believe is right, even if it's not the popular thing to do. He also learned that it is every citizen's right to be treated with respect - by their neighbor, by their community and by their government.

As an elected leader, Jim believes that respect means giving everyone a seat at the table and a voice in their own government. He understands that the best ideas and best solutions to the problems families face come from the people. That's how Jim has approached his job as state legislator, Florida House majority leader, and congressman. He brings people together to forge common sense solutions, and he gets results. That's what he will do as Governor.

As Majority Leader of the Florida House of in the mid-1990's, Jim brought together teachers, principals, parents and community leaders to address a growing problem in Florida's schools - increasing class size. The result was a class size law that set manageable student-teacher ratios based on the input from people closest to the issue, and, most important, gave schools the resources they needed to meet these goals. Jim also worked closely with former Governor Chiles, former Education Commissioner Betty Castor, and then-Chairman of the House Education Committee and former Education Commissioner Doug Jamerson, to enact a student-centered accountability law that empowered and rewarded schools, teachers and students for achievement, rather than punishing them for not meeting arbitrary targets.

Both of these common-sense, consensus-driven education policies were repealed by the current administration in Tallahassee. One reason Jim is running for Governor is to bring the voices of teachers, parents, principals and students back to the discussion of improving education and put our schools back on a path to success.

Jim brought the same approach of listening to Floridians and getting results to Washington when he was elected to Congress in 1996. When a Tampa postal worker told Jim that his mother was being kicked out of a nursing home because she was on Medicaid, Jim wrote and passed legislation to stop nursing homes from evicting low-income seniors. When Florida's schools started feeling the squeeze of a teacher shortage, Jim wrote and passed legislation helping schools recruit and train new teachers from the private sector. When oil companies tried to open up Florida's coastline for drilling, Jim led the bipartisan coalition that stopped them.

Jim is effective because he speaks up for Floridians and stands up for his principles. A firm believer in fiscal responsibility, Jim stands up for tough choices to balance the federal budget. He is fighting attempts to privatize Medicare and Social Security, because he believes that seniors deserve dignity and independence in their retirement. Jim visited American troops in Iraq and is fighting for better body armor and Humvee protection, because he believes that America must protect its protectors so they can fulfill their mission and come home safe.

As Governor, Jim will open the doors of government in Tallahassee to all Floridians. He will make sure everyone's ideas are heard and fight for common sense solutions that move all Floridians forward to a brighter future.

Biographical Information:

Hometown: Tampa
Education: Jesuit High School, Tampa
B.A., Washington & Lee University
J.D., University of Florida Law School
Career: Attorney, 1982 - 1996
Florida House of Representatives, 1988 - 1996
U.S. Congress, 1996 - present
Jim is married to Peggy Bessent Davis and they have two sons, Peter and William.
Political advertisement paid for and approved by Jim Davis, Democrat for Governor


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