Monday, September 24, 2018
Editorials

Times recommends: McClure for Florida House District 58

Voters in Temple Terrace, Plant City and Thonotosassa have an easy choice in the Dec. 19 special election to replace state Rep. Dan Raulerson, who resigned for health reasons. Republican Lawrence McClure is the only credible candidate.

McClure, 30, owns an environmental services firm and easily won the October Republican primary, despite having no political experience and little civic involvement. His positions closely mirror the priorities of state Republican leaders, and it’s fair to ask whether he would be an independent voice. McClure supports the open carry of guns, is weak on home rule and thinks a constitutional amendment to expand the tax exemption on homesteads is "great." He has not put much evident thought toward the state’s far-reaching needs or the growth and diversity of this district.

Jose Vazquez, 43, has run for office three times before, without any platform or real agenda. The Democrat has embraced a stew of positions on major issues that is nearly impossible to follow.

McClure understands agriculture and business, presents himself professionally and could grow in office. For Florida House District 58, the Tampa Bay Times recommends Lawrence McClure.

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