Thursday, January 18, 2018
Politics

Know your candidates: Florida State House | District 58

The Republican primary Tuesday between Yvonne Fry and Lawrence McClure may determine the winner in a whirlwind special election to replace state Rep. Dan Raulerson, who is stepping down for health reasons. The GOP winner will face three less well-known candidates in the Dec. 19 general election. McClure has ties to Republican House leadership; Fry has a raft of endorsements.

About the job: House District 58 stretches from Temple Terrace east to the Hillsborough County line, taking in Plant City, Thonotosassa, Dover and parts of Brandon. The state office has a two-year term and an annual salary of $29,697.

Yvonne Fry

Party: 

Republican

Profession: 

Owner of marketing and telecommunications businesses

About the candidate: 

Fry, 46, is a Plant City native and lifelong resident with a long history of civic involvement including serving on the state and county commissions on the status of women and as chairman of the Plant City Chamber of Commerce.

Education: 

Bachelor's degree in journalism, University of Southern Mississippi, 1991

Do you support or oppose allowing guns on college campuses? Do you support or oppose allowing owners of concealed weapons permits to openly carry guns in public places? 

I am an avid supporter of law enforcement and with regards to campus carry and open carry, they have been very clear that they are not in favor of expanding Florida's laws. I would follow their advice and continue under current laws for the state of Florida.

Would you support or oppose any changes to state law that would expand gambling or add slot machines at existing pari-mutuel facilities in Hillsborough County or elsewhere? 

I would oppose any expansion of gambling in the state.

How would you protect the state's natural resources? What limits, if any, would you add to consumptive use permits? 

Florida's natural beauty is, perhaps, our most important asset. I would work to make sure that programs that purchase and manage sensitive state lands were fully funded and functional in order to preserve our state for those who come after us. With regards to consumptive use permits, I would only say that new permits should only be issued if consumption of the resource, such as water, does not cause any harm to the resource.

Specify what area(s), if any, where you would support state legislative pre-emption of local government.: 

I am a firm believer in local rule and would only support pre-emption of local government on issues that are truly of statewide significance. The practice of passing laws of pre-emption in Tallahassee, simply to eliminate a local ordinance that is unpopular amongst members of the Legislature, is an improper use of state law.

Assets/liabilities/ income: 

Assets: Cash, stocks, residence, rental real estate, two businesses Liabilities: Mortgages Income: $80,000, Fry & Associates Inc.; $75,000 Fry Entertainment Inc.

Personal: 

Home: 571 Walden Lake, Plant City Personal: Divorced, two children

Campaign fundraising: 

Contributions: $68,675 campaign, $35,500 independent committee Expenditures: $33,520 campaign, $10,000 independent committee

On the web: 

yvonnefry.com Twitter: @yfry

Lawrence McClure

Party: 

Republican

Profession: 

Environmental services business owner

About the candidate: 

McClure, 30, grew up in Tampa and moved to Dover five years ago, and has recently become active in politics and the agriculture industry.

Education: 

Plant High School, Tampa

Do you support or oppose allowing guns on college campuses? Do you support or oppose allowing owners of concealed weapons permits to openly carry guns in public places? 

I support both. The idea a student, over 21 with a concealed weapons permit, can have a firearm legally in their car but is prohibited from walking the campus with that firearm is absurd and those lawful permit holders should have the right to protect themselves on campus both in their car and outside of it.

Would you support or oppose any changes to state law that would expand gambling or add slot machines at existing pari-mutuel facilities in Hillsborough County or elsewhere? 

I think those issues are best left up to the voters within their respective counties to decide. I don't see a need to expand gambling in Hillsborough County beyond what we already have. In general, I oppose expanded gambling.

How would you protect the state's natural resources? What limits, if any, would you add to consumptive use permits? 

I've spent my whole professional life protecting our natural resources and cleaning up our environment. As a legislator, I will always support public policies that would allow us to be good stewards of our environment and natural resources because it is of vital importance to the future economic success of Florida for many reasons.

Specify what area(s), if any, where you would support state legislative pre-emption of local government.: 

This would have to be a case-by-case basis. I support Home Rule, but in a case where there is demonstrable evidence or proof that the state could do something more efficiently and effectively for Florida taxpayers it would be something we should always explore.

Assets/liabilities/ income: 

Assets: Cash, stocks, residence, ownership or partial ownership of three businesses Liabilities: Mortgages, consumer loans, auto loan Income: Streamline Environmental Inc., $131,416; CLM Investments Inc., $3,528

Personal: 

Home: 4321 Lark Drive, Dover Personal: Married to Courtney Newsome McClure

Campaign fundraising: 

Contributions: $107,205 Expenditures: $39,654

On the web: 

electmcclure.com Twitter: @ElectMcClure

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