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U.S. House | District 16 Republicans

U.S. House | District 16 Republicans

After a lengthy and contentious redistricting battle, a swath of Hillsborough County south of the Alafia River is now in District 16, a heavily Republican district that also includes all of Manatee County and part of Sarasota County. Five-term incumbent Vern Buchanan of Longboat Key has drawn a primary challenger in James Satcher. The winner will face off against the nominee who emerges from a two-way Democratic primary.

About the job: Represents Manatee, Sarasota and Hillsborough counties. Terms are two years and annual salary is $174,000.

Vern Buchanan

Profession: 

Congressman

About the candidate: 

A native of Detroit, Buchanan, 65, was a businessman for more than three decades before he was elected to Congress in 2006. He made much of his fortune from a printing company and car dealerships. He retains ownership interests in more than two dozen businesses and has substantial real estate holdings, making him one of the wealthiest members of Congress. He served six years in the Air National Guard and currently sits on the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax policy, trade, health care, welfare and Social Security.

Education: 

Cleary University, Michigan, bachelor's degree; University of Detroit, master of business administration

Do you support and will you vote for Donald Trump? 

Buchanan's campaign did not respond but he has expressed support for Trump.

Do you support or oppose a ban on people on the terrorist watch list from owning weapons? 

Buchanan's campaign did not respond. In his first campaign, he said he supports "tougher laws against criminals, not against gun owners or firearms." He is a life member of the National Rifle Association, which gives him a 93 percent rating based on his voting record on gun issues.

Do you support or oppose ending the economic embargo against Cuba? 

Buchanan's campaign did not respond but he has opposed re-engagement with Cuba.

Do you support or oppose changing the ban on offshore drilling near Florida? 

Buchanan's campaign did not respond, but he voted against opening Florida's coast to drilling in 2011 and is a co-sponsor of a bill that would extend until 2027 the ban on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico within 125 miles of Florida's coastline. Under current law, the ban will expire in 2022.

Assets/liabilities/income: 

Assets: real estate, rental homes, stocks, bonds, business holdings Liabilities: mortgages, lines of credit Income: congressional salary

Personal: 

Married, two grown children.

Campaign fundraising: 

Contributions: $1.4 million Expenditures: $388,367

On the Web: 

Website: vernbuchanan.com Twitter: @vernbuchanan, @vern2014

James Satcher

Profession: 

Minister

About the candidate: 

Born and raised in Georgia, Satcher is a 37-year-old Parrish resident making his first bid for political office. Satcher, who supported Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in this year's GOP presidential primary, said he and his wife, Monica, have worked as missionaries for the past six years, making multiple trips to Haiti to establish churches and provide aid to the poor. The Satchers also hold a weekly Bible study for men staying at the Bradenton Salvation Army to help them overcome addiction and get job skills. He serves on Manatee County's Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

Education: 

Berry College, Georgia, bachelor's degree in communication.

Do you support and will you vote for Donald Trump? 

Donald Trump has my vote and full support as the pro-life candidate. Vern Buchanan voted to fund Planned Parenthood with 500 million taxpayer dollars shortly after they were videotaped negotiating prices for parts of aborted babies. Hillary Clinton also supports abortion on demand even though advances in ultrasound technology clearly show the humanity and even personality of babies in the womb. I believe in electing pro-life candidates.

Do you support or oppose a ban on people on the terrorist watch list from owning weapons? 

I do not believe in taking a constitutional right away from American citizens without due process. The Constitution guarantees our right to bear arms. I have missionary friends who have been placed on the watch list because of the places they travel to help the poor. Those missionaries should not be kept from owning a firearm.

Do you support or oppose ending the economic embargo against Cuba? 

Sen. (Marco) Rubio and Sen. Cruz both favor the embargo because of the bolstering of the Cuban regime that would take place were it repealed. At this time I agree with their assessment.

Do you support or oppose changing the ban on offshore drilling near Florida? 

I am in favor of building the Keystone Pipeline to generate jobs and lessen our dependence on foreign oil now, before the next hurricane or international coup causes our fuel prices to skyrocket. I am in favor of rolling back the regulations on coal that have left Americans out of work and paying more for electricity each month. I am pro-energy. However, I understand the economic importance of tourism in Florida and our unique position as America's beach, and therefore would not favor changing the ban.

Assets/liabilities/income: 

Did not file a report.

Personal: 

Married, four children.

Campaign fundraising: 

None reported.

On the Web: 

Website: electjamessatcher.com Twitter: @jamessatcher Email: [email protected]

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