Big crowd turns out for Stacy Frank, Dana Young face-off
An unusually large crowd turned out for today's Tiger Bay meeting featuring Distrct 57 state House candidates Dana Young and Stacy Frank. The two displayed distinct differences on such issues as Cuba, health care and gay adoption. Both said they'd like to see legislation that would end state contracts with businesses the employ undocumented workers. On Cuba, Young said she supports the trade embargo. Frank said it's time to end it. On health care, Young said she supports AG Bill McCollum's lawsuit challenging the federal health care legislation. Frank said she does not. Frank called it unconscionable that the state prohibits gay couples from adopting children. Young sees it differently. "Regardless of party affiliation, I think that we all agree that the best scenario for a child is to be in a loving family with a mother and father," she said.
Of course, Frank had to field two questions from the contingent fighting her campaign because of her work negotiating leases for placement of cell phone towers. “Today four homeowners associations representing over 2,000 homes in your district have voted to oppose a wi-fi tower you want to build at the opening to Sunset Park,” said South Tampa resident Carrie Grimail. “How do you assure all of these people that you will listen to us in Tallahassee when you won’t even listen to us in our own backyard?” Frank said as a lawmaker she would have an open door policy and always listen to her constituents. “I may not always agree with you,” she said. “If I don’t agree with you, I will tell you why and it will be rooted in reasoning and having a grasp on the issue.”
Young used the opportunity to jab Frank. "I am listening to you," she told Grimail. "I do not think that my opponent is listening because if she had, she would have listened to the pleas of all these parents who did not want cell towers on their children's public schools."
After the Tiger Bay meeting, Frank said she would like the opportunity to debate Young in a setting that would allow for rebuttals. Young said she is open to the idea if they can agree on a time.
Janet Zink, Times Staff Writer