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National Candidates

Florida Congressional District 11

Meet Dana

Dana Cottrell

Family, Community, Commitment

Dana was born in Queens, New York, and moved to Florida in 1988. She graduated from the University of South Florida with an undergraduate degree in education, and a graduate degree in library and information science. 

Dana has taught in Hernando County for twelve years, and overseas for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools for thirteen years. 

It has always been her dream to help others and make the world a better place for all. She has worked toward this goal through her teaching career, and now, she hopes to continue by serving the constituents of District 11. 

Dana Cottrell, a wife, a mom, a teacher, a woman, an American.

Would you like to learn more about Dana?  CLICK HERE

Her video is below:


Florida Senator

Bill Nelson

Bill Nelson is a true son of Florida: his family came to Florida in 1829, and his grandparents homesteaded in the early 20th Century on land that today is the Kennedy Space Center.

Most of us have a clear memory of the day America was shocked by the catastrophic destruction of the space shuttle Challenger. Even so, the dangers of space exploration were known to our senator, as he spent six days orbiting the Earth aboard the space shuttle Columbia - just ten days before Challenger's ill-fated launch in 1986.

In his book, "Mission", he recalled being just seconds into his own flight, climbing straight up and hearing his pilot's voice over the com-system: "We have a malfunction. We have a helium leak."

It was one of many crises that would be averted on a flight that gave him a unique perspective on Earth's environment, and an appreciation of the importance of our nation's exploration into the unknown. He is recognized as a congressional expert on NASA.

But mostly he's an unrelenting advocate for all Floridians, and a moderate voice in an increasingly partisan world of national politics.

Bill Nelson is a fifth-generation Floridian, who has served the people of his home state for more than four decades, first as a state legislator, then as a congressman, then as a state Cabinet officer, and now as Florida's senior United States senator.

During his time in the Senate, he's stopped oil companies from drilling off our coast and has been a tireless champion to save the Everglades.

Almost single-handedly, he stopped the government from confiscating lower-cost prescription drugs from consumers who had purchased them from Canadian pharmacies. More recently, he's been a leader in the fight to protect children from the hazards of unsafe imported toys.

Bill Nelson is someone who thinks public service is a noble calling - and that's why he's devoted his life to serving his community, his state and his country.

To learn more go to his website


State Candidates for Governor (in alphabetical order)

Andrew Gillum for Governor

Andrew Gillum is one of four Democratic candidates for Governor in Florida.  He is currently Mayor of Talahassee.

For more about Andrew and his plans go to his website.


Gwen Graham for Governor.

Putting Florida Families First

Over the past twenty years, the politicians in Tallahassee have abandoned their responsibility to educate Florida’s students, protect our environment and foster an economy that provides every family with an opportunity to get ahead. Gwen believes it’s time for government to care about people again and put Florida families first.

For more details see Gwen's site.


Jeff Greene for Governor 

It’s time we put everyday Floridians first. When I’m elected governor, those are the people who will be front and center. And they are the ones I’ll think about when it comes time to make the hard decisions. These are folks who can’t afford high-priced lobbyists. They have worked hard and need government to work for, not against them.

I know what it’s like to need a helping hand because I’ve been there.

My middle-class family lost everything when I was a teenager. I saw my parents go from owning a small business to working blue-collar jobs just to get by. When my dad died of a massive heart attack at age 51, I found nothing but stacks of bills covering his desk.

A strong public-school education, government-subsidized student loans, and work-study programs helped me along. I was able to go to college, then get my MBA and achieve the American Dream. But not everyone is given access to the tools I had to succeed. I want to change that.

That means making sure Florida’s families don’t have to work three jobs to put food on the table. It means a school system that guarantees kids an education preparing them for high-paying jobs and ensures their teacher’s fair compensation. It means guaranteeing a woman’s right to choose. And it means access to high-quality, low-cost healthcare.

For a video from Jeff, see below


Chris King for Governor 

Chris King is also a candidate for Governor.  Chris isn’t a professional politician — he knows politics as usual isn’t working for Florida. He’s seen an economy that leaves too many behind, a school system that doesn’t fulfill its commitment to our children, and a community more divided than ever. When Chris identifies a problem, he doesn’t stop until he’s made a plan to solve it. He’s taken on Florida’s housing crisis by launching a purpose-driven business with his brother Michael. He’s revitalized thousands of homes to make them affordable for fixed-income seniors and working families.

For more about Chris and his plans visit his website


Philip Levine for Governor 

Philip Levine is the former two-term Mayor of Miami Beach, entrepreneur and philanthropist. A native of South Florida since the age of 10, Philip has spent most of his career in the private sector as an entrepreneur, building successful businesses in his community. 

As Mayor, Philip Levine spearheaded an ambitious series of solutions to:

  • Combat sea level rise––installing pumps and raising roads––which are now a model for cities around the world. 
  • He helped reform a broken police department
  • Developed new public transportation options
  • Helped to pass the first living minimum wage in the state of Florida in Miami Beach
  • Oversaw a city that was one of only a handful in the country to win consecutive perfect scores for LGBTQ+ inclusiveness during his tenure.   

Philip Levine is now running for Governor of Florida this year, hoping to bring a progressive vision and the same get-it-done attitude to Tallahassee.

Candidates for State offices


Gary McKechnie

GARY McKECHNIE is the Democratic nominee for Florida Senate, District 12. His opponent is the Confederate statue proponent, incumbent Sen. Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala). On the issues, the differences between these two men is clear, evident and compelling. Visit Gary2018.com to learn more about his positive vision for Florida.

Mr. McKechnie was born and raised in Maitland, Florida and was educated in public schools.

He worked his way through Valencia Community College and the University of Central Florida as a Walt Disney World cast member. He has been a successful author, business owner and a champion for his community.

Often described as energetic, a quick-learn and a consensus-builder, Gary is charging hard against an opponent who is propped-up by the NRA and other deep-pocket special interests.

  • “As a travel writer, I’ve explored every part of Florida where I’ve seen how fast our state is growing. But Florida is changing, and not always for the better. So I’ll support any legislation:
    • to protect people from gun violence
    • to defend our threatened environment
    • to promote a living wage for workers."

"I believe that the role of a public servant is straightforward: To do the most good for the most people. As an American and as a native Floridian, that will inform my approach to ensuring equal treatment and new opportunities for every citizen.” — Gary McKechnie


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