Fort Myers News-Press / Parker on Politics
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Freeman Makes Her Case
By: Betty Parker
April Freeman, the Democrat who’s run unsuccessfully for the seat now held by U.S. Rep. Curt Clawson, R-Bonita Springs, is running again this year in a different district.
April Freeman (Photo: Special to The News-Press)
Now she’s a pursuing District 17, which includes parts of north and east Lee County, and is now represented by U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, a central Florida Republican.
Freeman said at BUPAC this week her chances as a Democrat are better in that inland district that sprawls over much of south central Florida, and the party has promised help.
She’s still working hard on her own, she added, because the party promised help that never fully materialized in her previous Southwest Florida campaigns. But other women running elsewhere — in areas with more Democratic voters and where Democrats still sometimes win—have gotten help from the party and others, and this race may provide more promising demographics.
Lee County has not elected a Democrat to a major partisan office in 20 years; in Collier, it’s closer to 30 years, and the party tends to focus on races with closer numbers.
Rooney has done little in Congress, Freeman said, and she’s a hard worker who’s ready to reach across the aisle for support. “We’ve got to elect people who are willing to work, and work together, if we want to get things done,” she said.
Lake Okeechobee’s problems are a major issue for that district as well, she said, and she’s looking for new ways to attack that matter. She suggested making the lake a national park, although others said the park system has been the target for severe federal budget cuts.
Early childhood education, and teaching parents how to prepare their children for school, is another of her major issues.
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