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Sat Jul 25, 2020, 05:28 PM

FL-15: Tampa Bay Times endorses Adam

Democrats have three attractive choices who each offer something completely different. But Adam Hattersley has the experience, broad support and agenda that set him apart.

Hattersley, 42, is a U.S. Navy veteran and small business owner who was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2018. He knows the east county communities in this district well, representing the greater Brandon areas in the Florida House. Though in office only a single term, he understands the evolving urban needs of these aging suburbs. And he has proven to be a fresh, articulate voice among Florida Democrats.

Hattersley would focus on health care and veterans issues and addressing climate-related impacts. He supports federal assistance to local governments to offset the economic losses from the coronavirus. He supports an option allowing younger Americans to buy into Medicare coverage, and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Hattersley believes the Trump administrationís tariffs have been counterproductive for U.S. trade and influence. He also supports a broad clean-energy platform.

Alan Cohn, 57, is a communications executive and former broadcast journalist. Cohn says his investigative skills will help as a member of Congress to hold politicians and other powerful people accountable. He wants to rebuild the economy for working families, make health care costs more transparent and affordable and take a leadership role in addressing climate change. Cohn is a passionate advocate and a strong communicator who can relate to the challenges of everyday Americans. Jesse Philippe, 32, a lawyer and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, also touts an economic agenda for the middle-class and new infrastructure spending.

Hattersley seems to have a better grip on the centrist nature of this district and the political skills needed to push a Democratic agenda. His legislative experience has given him policy depth and strong connections throughout the region. The Times recommends Adam Hattersley in the Democratic primary for U.S. representative, District 15.




https://www.tampabay.com/opinion/2020/07/24/us-house-races-times-editorial-board-recommendations/

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