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A political novice from Brandon is taking on a former Plant City mayor to fill this newly created district. The choices: Jose N. Vazquez, a Democrat and political newcomer who vowed to quit the race after a dispute with Democratic leaders. So far, he hasn't followed through with that threat. He ran as a write-in candidate four years ago despite being incarcerated for a felony conviction. His opponent is Daniel D. Raulerson, a Republican Plant City commissioner and former mayor. Rich Shopes, Times staff writer

Jose N. Vazquez, 38

Security and political consultant

Daniel D. Raulerson, 55

Accountant, city commissioner

DemocratPartyRepublican
Vazquez has never held elected office. He formed a political and security consulting business called Vazquez Enterprise Multiple Services (VEMS) in 2009. Previously, he worked in a variety jobs, mostly as a security guard and security consultant. Before 1999, he lived in Puerto Rico and was the strategic, field and campaign manager for the New Progressive Party (1989-1999). His experience there included stints as a political consultant in the Humacao district and driver for the mayor of Aguas Buenas.Experience Raulerson is a Plant City commissioner and an accountant. He was elected to the City Commission in 2007. He served two years as the mayor of Plant City until June, when he stepped down to focus on this campaign for the state House. A certified public accountant for 30 years, Raulerson launched the accounting firm Raulerson & Co. in 1995. He co-owns AaSys Group Inc., an information technology firm that advises banks, and is a past chairman of the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce.
Security training certificate, state of Florida (2000); institute and paramedic training certificate, EDIC College, Caguas, Puerto Rico (1995); small-business administration and accounting training certificate, Puerto Rico (1994); high school equivalency degree, Department of Education, Puerto Rico (1992). EducationCertified public accounting certificate, state of Florida (1982); bachelor's of science degree, Florida State University (1979); high school diploma, Brandon High School (1975).
Raising state revenue by enforcing a law to require Florida residents 16 and older to carry a picture identification. I also want to stabilize the real estate market, create a statewide vehicle insurance program and reorganize government programs to fit our economic challenges.What will be your top priority in the Legislature?Streamlining statutes, eliminating wasteful spending and making government more accountable for its performance. I want to establish a performance measurement for all state agencies and get the most value for taxpayer dollars. I also want to provide a $1 billion budget surplus.
Cut taxes to benefit taxpayers. Offer a 20-year tax break to companies to locate to Florida.What else can the Legislature do to grow Florida's economy and create jobs?Government does not create jobs. Smart regulations and access to capital creates them. I would eliminate useless regulations.
Help public school systems reduce class sizes by expanding the number of private schools.What should be done to improve education in Florida?Eliminate tenure. Allow principals the authority to hire and fire and be held accountable for their school's performance.
To raise some taxes, we need to create more regulations in some areas of our society and we need to legislate a mandatory reduction of taxes to benefit the needs of all residents of the state.How would you change the state's tax system? Make compliance much easier by simplifying the sales tax law.
NoneAssets$1,510,887
NoneLiabilities$1,245,142
$22,085 Income$313,087
Divorced, six children PersonalMarried, two children
www.58vote4jose.comWebsitewww.votedanraulerson.com
www.58vote4jose@yahoo.comEmaildan@votedanraulerson.com

About the job: District 58 is a newly created House district that encompasses much of its predecessor, District 62. It takes in Plant City and much of Hillsborough County's eastern suburbs along the Interstate 4 corridor. The area covers Mango, Thonotosassa and some neighborhoods west of Interstate 75, including Temple Terrace. It's bounded by Polk and Pasco counties. State representatives serve two-year terms and earn $29,697 a year.

Florida House District 58: Jose N. Vazquez (D), Daniel D. Raulerson (R)

A political novice from Brandon is taking on a former Plant City mayor to fill this newly created district. The choices: Jose N. Vazquez, a Democrat and political newcomer who vowed to quit the race after a dispute with Democratic leaders. So far, he hasn't followed through with that threat. He ran as a write-in candidate four years ago despite being incarcerated for a felony conviction. His opponent is Daniel D. Raulerson, a Republican Plant City commissioner and former mayor.

Florida House District 58: Jose N. Vazquez (D), Daniel D. Raulerson (R) 10/17/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 3:27pm]

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