It’s past time for the working families of America to take control of our government and make it work for us rather than just the special interests. 2018 will mark a tidal shift in the American political landscape. The high quality of congressional challengers stepping up nationally to bring this about is inspiring. I am honored to be among them.

During this race, I won't accept campaign contributions from corporations, their PACs or their lobbyists. This campaign is fueled by donations from individuals like yourself. That is because I have always believed special interest politics contributes to the degradation of our republic. Members of Congress do not represent their constituents when they accept millions of dollars from special interests.

Americans are tired of daily political chaos. We want to transcend the deeply divisive rhetoric of 2017 and find ways to work together.

In recent weeks, I have been busily assembling a team of concerned citizens who will help me deliver a message of encouragement and empowerment to the voters of Florida's Second Congressional District. Our campaign message is a positive one. That's why I have adopted the campaign slogan "Working Together." That’s what we intend to make possible.

During the coming months, I plan to focus on the financial empowerment of Middle America. I will explain that I support policies and programs that will bring prosperity to 100% of the people living in my district, not just the super wealthy. I do not plan to waste limited resources complaining about what others have not done well in the past. I will hi-lite what I plan to do well in the future.

We do not have much time to show the voters that Brandon Peters will be a strong voice in Congress. The Democratic Primary is on August 28, and mail-in ballots will be delivered in mid-July. There's lots to do between now and then.

Thank you for your early support of this crusade. It is encouraging to know so many people share my vision for a better tomorrow.

As an undergraduate student at Princeton University, I learned to think for myself and find solutions to problems, no matter how daunting. I continued that journey when I worked for my cousin, Les Aspin, in Washington, D.C. My analytical skills were honed at UVA Law School. During my quarter century as a civil trial attorney, I learned the importance of listening and the value of empathy. When I taught law students at Florida A&M University, I was reaffirmed in my belief that people can have a polite debate regardless of skin color, socio-economic background or political affiliation. As a professional mediator, I understand that nearly any dispute can be guided to a satisfactory, mutually beneficial resolution if the participants are reasonable.

These are some of the forces which have shaped me. These are some of the tools I can take to our nation's capital. But I can only do it with your help. I'm now ready to embark on a mission of public service. I'm ready to serve the people of Florida with leadership that benefits the entire country.

I humbly offer myself to the people of Florida's Second Congressional District.

I reject the "voodoo economics" of well-paid lobbyists. As your elected official, I will fight for the sound, proven, economic policies that start in Middle America - through REAL tax relief, a fair minimum wage and truly affordable health care. In Congress, I will be a fierce advocate for environmental conservation, individual rights and fundamental respect for the dignity of all individuals. If elected, I'll work tirelessly to promote our national security at home and abroad. I will encourage policies which liberate our country from its addiction to fossil fuels. I’ll support the expansion of job retraining programs and laws to offer better college loan repayment assistance. I will back legislation which promotes responsible gun ownership and increases funding for mental health. I’ll oppose bigotry and intolerance at every turn.

Stacey and I live in a rural county on Florida's Gulf Coast.  She and I are both Native Floridians. Wherever we travel in our fine state, we are confronted by the effects of a struggling education system, the scourge of substance abuse, the corrosive results of systemic poverty and the long-term impacts of power concentrated in the hands of a corrupt and privileged few.

We believe all citizens in our state deserve the same opportunities in life. Please support us in our quest to reclaim our country from the forces that have co-opted our government.

A vote for me is a vote for the entire State of Florida...but it's also a vote for future generations in all 50 states. Support this campaign to improve the lives of our children and grandchildren throughout the United States.  Together, we will make a difference.

If elected, I promise to do all within my power to represent the hard-working families of Florida. I will represent you, not the special interests of the large monopolies. Thank you for working together with me to give voice to all those currently unrepresented. Please help make this opportunity a reality with your contribution today.


Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • endorsed

    “Hope you win! We need people like you in Congress. Thanks for running.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Brandon Peters because he wants to preserve our environment, he wants to eliminate big money from Washington politics, he believes in affordable healthcare for all, he's committed to quality education and because he's not Neal Dunn. ”

  • endorsed

    “Having heard him talk about his vision for Florida, and actually, our country, I was taken by his down to earth sincerity, and quick grasp of the questions put to him by the people he was speaking with. Gives me hope and inspiration!”

  • endorsed

    “Brandon Peters is more than qualified. We need leaders like Brandon to help right this sinking ship and we need leaders with high moral values who will work for the people not the party or big money.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Brandon because he wants to give the power back to the people and fight corruption.”

  • endorsed

    “It was my honor to meet Mr. Peters tonight. Can't wait to vote! Florida deserves better & Brandon Peters is a voice of reason in chaotic times.”

  • endorsed

    “It's important to have an advocate that represents actual people with concerns like transparency in politics, underemployment, and clean energy. Let's flip FL Blue!”

  • endorsed

    “I support Brandon Peters because I am a Progressive Voter. The Republican Party continually proves to back policies that harm the regular American.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Brandon Peters because he shares many similar beliefs that I do. I know he will work hard for the people of Florida.”

  • endorsed

    “I'm endorsing my law school classmate and good friend, Brandon Peters because he is an esquisite human being with a heart to serve his community, State and nation, and because his courage to serve in this enormously challenging time for our political system gives me renewed hope in the American dream.”

March 30, 2018

The Time is Now

Hello Supporters,

We're within a day of our first fundraising disclosure deadline. If you know someone who is waiting for the perfect moment to contribute to my campaign, it's now. Please follow us to bit.ly/Peters4Congress.

Thank you for your help.

BRANDON

March 24, 2018

A CRITICAL CROSSROADS

Good Morning Dear Supporters,

We are at a critical crossroads in our campaign adventure. First, let me repeat once again how very grateful I am for your steadfast support in getting us this far. I cannot say thank you enough.

Unfortunately, we have many miles left to travel before the August 28 Primary elections in Florida. There is much work still to be done.

During the past month, the campaign has employed a Campaign Manager and a Schedule Manager to help with the good work already being performed by our consultants. This week, we opened our Campaign Headquarters in Dunnellon. All of these necessities have price tags attached to them. That's where you come in.

If you can afford to do so, would you consider making an additional contribution to my campaign? We are at an important point in this race because next week is our first FEC reporting deadline

The math here is very simple...the more money we show in our campaign accounts on March 31, the more likely we are to attract key endorsements and large, national donors. Equally noteworthy, strong fundraising numbers should scare off our Primary competition.

Please join me in demonstrating to the the world that Brandon Peters for U.S. Congress has support that is both broad and deep. I'm counting on you. And if you contribute, please note that the federal limit is $5400 per individual donor per campaign.

I'm very grateful for anything you are willing to do.

My best,

Brandon

March 2, 2018

"Going to Hell in a Handbag..."

Dear Friend,

My favorite Supreme Court Justice of all times was Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. He once wrote to an acquaintance overseas and described what he believed to be his responsibility as a jurist vis-a-vis the legislative branch of government. He wrote:

"I've always believed that if my fellow citizens want to go to Hell I will help them. It’s my job."

Of course he was referring to the right of the voters to elect incompetent public officials to lead them. As a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, I do not have the luxury of Justice Holmes' hands-off approach. 

I look around me and see a landscape littered with the remnants of institutions that used to be revered like the FBI and the U.S. State Department. I watch professional politicians gambling with our future by dismantling such important agencies as the EPA and the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. THIS MADNESS HAS TO STOP!

I can no longer sit on the sidelines and watch our entire nation go to Hell in a handbag. This is why I am running for public office. But I cannot do this alone. I need your help. You too must get off the bench and put yourself into the game. You can do so with your ongoing financial support of my congressional campaign. 

Will you please make another contribution today? Without you, I cannot unseat the corrupt politician who is part of the problem in Washington, D.C. 

With your help, I can attract significant national support for our endeavor and clear the field for the remainder of the primary. That will allow me to focus 6 months of sustained "voter education" on the lobbyist-fueled man who currently holds the office I seek. I will expose how he serves only for the benefit of powerful corporations and their PACs. I will deliver our message of hope and security for all Americans. 

We find ourselves sitting at a dangerous crossroads in history. Yesterday alone, Vladimir Putin published simulations of nuclear missiles attacking the United States. The White House started ill-advised trade wars that we do not need and cannot win. Our allies no longer trust us. People feel less secure than they have at any time since Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941. The situation is deteriorating by the day.

I need you...and so does your country. Let's fix this mess together. 

In solidarity,

Brandon

January 14, 2018

PLEDGE CONVERSION

Good Morning My Friends,

Although I pronounced earlier I would not run for Congress unless and until I received $100,000 in personal contributions, all indicators strongly suggest we're on course to make that goal a rapid reality. Therefore, I'm going ALL IN...now. 

Many people I have consulted on this decision have asked me, "Why wait when the hardworking people of our district need a voice, and you're ready to provide that voice?" After thoughtful consideration, I have concluded that they are correct. It would be foolhardy for me and my campaign team to remain bound by an arbitrary goal when it will hinder our ability to compete in this election. 

There is another reason why I have made this decision - so long as the CrowdPac platform is in pledge mode (rather than live contributions mode), CrowdPac charges the campaign a service fee of 8%. When we switch to to the live contributions platform, that fee drops to 3%. I trust you share my view that the additional 5% will be better spent on bumper stickers and yard signs than on unproductive overhead. By changing our approach to fundraising, we will have saved more than $3,000 that would have otherwise gone to CrowdPac when we hit $100,000.

In case you are wondering, we are going to use the $35,000 we have raised on CrowdPac to hire a Campaign Finance Director, build a website at www.peters4congress.com and put up a billboard near the intersection of every major city in the Second Congressional District. Those strategic maneuvers will accelerate our pace of fundraising and promote voter awareness very quickly.

Thank you for your votes of confidence. Please keep those contributions coming, and let’s realize our commitment to take government away from the big business lobbyists and restore it to the people.

Your friend,

  Brandon

P.S. Please contact me within the next 72 hours if this decision poses a financial hardship for you. I will delay the conversion until noon EST on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. My personal cell phone is (352) 226-5001.

January 12, 2018

I NEED YOUR HELP!

My Dear Friends,

I need your help. We have raised $35,000 in pledges since October, but I won't run unless I raise $100,000 before the April filing deadline. 

The congressman I'm running against in November takes obscene amounts of campaign money from special interests including Big Sugar, Big Telecom, Big Lumber and Big Medicine. These might as well be bribes. If you study the congressman's voting record, there's only one conclusion you can draw. The elections system as we know it is corrupt and broken. Our representatives are not acting in our best interest. 

I do not take campaign money from lobbyists or corporations. I accept individual donations only. I believe that is the only way to maintain the integrity of our election process. I'll bet you agree with me on that.

So, I ask this favor, and I don't ask it lightly. Please ask two friends to go to this crowdfunding site today and make a pledge to my campaign to end the status quo in Washington, D.C. Help me restore sanity in our nation's capital. 

Nobody can afford to sit quietly on the sidelines this year. It's all hands on deck. Complacency is no longer an option. 

I thank you sincerely for your support. 

In hope and trust,

 - Brandon

January 1, 2018

WE'RE OFF TO THE RACES...

Happy New Year Team!

As I have communicated with U.S. House candidates in other congressional districts, I have become convinced that 2018 will mark a tidal shift in the American political landscape. The high quality of congressional challengers is astounding...nationally. 

Americans are tired of daily political chaos. They want safe harbor from the deeply divisive rhetoric of 2017.

In recent weeks, I have been busily assembling a team of concerned citizens who will help me deliver a message of hope to the voters of Florida's Second Congressional District. Our campaign message will be a positive one. That's why I have adopted the campaign slogan "Working Together."

During the coming  months, I plan to focus on the financial empowerment of Middle America. I will explain that I support policies and programs that will bring prosperity to 100% of the people living in my district, not just the super wealthy. I do not plan to waste limited resources complaining about what others have not done well in the past. I will hi-lite what I plan to do well in the future.

We do not have much time to show the voters that Brandon Peters will be a strong voice in Congress. The Democratic Primary is on August 28, and mail-in ballots will be delivered in mid-July. There's lots to do between now and then.

Thank you for your early support of this crusade. It is encouraging to know that so many people share my vision for a better tomorrow.

Brandon

November 25, 2017

PICKING UP THE PACE

Good Morning, 

I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. 

I am writing to let you know that we have raised nearly $28,000 in pledges. I also want you to be aware of our year-end game plan.

We are about to make a concerted two-week effort to generate another $10,000 for the campaign. We will use this new money to conduct our initial poll of voters in Florida's Second Congressional District. I am very interested in knowing which issues are of greatest concern to them. 

Politicians should represent YOU, not well-financed special interests. 
Returning politics to the voters requires a thorough understanding of those voters and their needs.

If you know anybody who shares our vision for new leadership in Washington, D.C., please invite them to join us on Giving Tuesday by supporting our campaign.

BSP

November 10, 2017

FIRST GOAL REACHED!

My Friends, 

I am pleased to announce that our campaign just accomplished its first major goal - raising $25,000 in less than three weeks. 

With this achievement, we have surpassed our closest Democratic Primary challenger.

Fundraising normally slows down just before the holidays and picks up again in January. However, it is not in my nature to accept what is "normal." Stacey and I are continuing to work hard behind the scenes.

Thank you for your participation in our movement to restore civility to your government in Washington, D.C.

Brandon

November 5, 2017

Closing in on the campaign's first major fundraising goal...

Dear Friends,

I hope you are enjoying your weekend. 

Nearly every successful political campaign excels at early fundraising. Having written that, I am happy to report that this campaign is $130 shy of collecting $20,000 in pledges. My closest primary competitor, an established Tallahassee politician, has raised around $23,000, two-thirds of it already spent. This week, with continued effort, our campaign will surpass that individual by eclipsing the $25,000 mark. Please continue to spread the word so it happens. Without momentum, we will sputter out and fail. Our nation cannot afford another failure. Future generations are counting on us to restore order to Congress.

LET'S CLEAN HOUSE!

Brandon

October 29, 2017

First Goal Reached

Exciting news...we reached our first fundraising goal: $10,000. We did it in one week. Tomorrow, I will announce the campaign on social media. Our next goal is $100,000...before the end of the year.

Thank you all for being such important parts of this crusade. We need to save our country. Inaction is not an option.

October 29, 2017

The Lack of Civility in Political Discourse

In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neill could sit down over a friendly lunch and work out the upcoming year's national budget. Sadly, those days are long gone. In fact, today's political climate has become toxic. Families are divided. Friendships are strained. Communication is stretched to the breaking point...when it occurs at all.

Please join me on Facebook Live at 10:00 a.m. EST today for a discussion of this troubling development.

October 12, 2017

Campaign created!

Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • endorsed

    “Hope you win! We need people like you in Congress. Thanks for running.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Brandon Peters because he wants to preserve our environment, he wants to eliminate big money from Washington politics, he believes in affordable healthcare for all, he's committed to quality education and because he's not Neal Dunn. ”

  • endorsed

    “Having heard him talk about his vision for Florida, and actually, our country, I was taken by his down to earth sincerity, and quick grasp of the questions put to him by the people he was speaking with. Gives me hope and inspiration!”

  • endorsed

    “Brandon Peters is more than qualified. We need leaders like Brandon to help right this sinking ship and we need leaders with high moral values who will work for the people not the party or big money.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Brandon because he wants to give the power back to the people and fight corruption.”

  • endorsed

    “It was my honor to meet Mr. Peters tonight. Can't wait to vote! Florida deserves better & Brandon Peters is a voice of reason in chaotic times.”

  • endorsed

    “It's important to have an advocate that represents actual people with concerns like transparency in politics, underemployment, and clean energy. Let's flip FL Blue!”

  • endorsed

    “I support Brandon Peters because I am a Progressive Voter. The Republican Party continually proves to back policies that harm the regular American.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Brandon Peters because he shares many similar beliefs that I do. I know he will work hard for the people of Florida.”

  • endorsed

    “I'm endorsing my law school classmate and good friend, Brandon Peters because he is an esquisite human being with a heart to serve his community, State and nation, and because his courage to serve in this enormously challenging time for our political system gives me renewed hope in the American dream.”

  • endorsed

    “Our group in Levy County endorses Mr. Peters for many reasons, including his grasp of the complexity of issues facing our country, his willingness to take the time to listen to different opinions on those issues, his understanding of the difference between pushing his personal agenda and accepting the will of constituents, and his commitment to be guided by The People.”

  • endorsed

    “We have had the pleasure of having had Brandon S. Peters as a valued member of our Panel of Distinguished Neutrals for several years. During that time, and for many years before joining us, Brandon has served as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil, Family Law and Appellate Court Mediator, a Certified Federal Court Mediator, a court-appointed arbitrator, a private trial judge and as a special master- the full range of practice as a neutral. He is one of our most gifted colleagues, and gives generously of his time and talent in providing insight and training to our clients through our outreach programs. He has brought unbridled enthusiasm and creativity to our practice, together with the rich experience he acquired over the course of a successful career as a trial lawyer. Moreover, his keen intellectual curiosity and willingness to explore unconventional approaches to vexing conflicts blend perfectly with the demands of today's complex public environment. He is a problem solver; he’ll get things done. Brandon possesses the qualities of temperament, intelligence and judgement we all seek in selecting one to represent us as a Congressman. He is respectful and engaging; and passionately focused on the interests of the District he seeks to represent. I wholeheartedly support Brandon’s candidacy, and enthusiastically recommend him for election to Congress.”

  • endorsed

    “Brandon Peters is dedicated to listening carefully to the people in District 2 because he understands the need for compassion & empathy in a time in which we find ourselves being ignored by Neal Dunn who is clearly more interested in helping himself & lobbyists as he voted yes on the GOP’s tax scam against the clear wishes of his constituents & the country. Thanks for your drive to stand up for the people, Brandon!”

  • endorsed

    “Bandon Peters has the integrity and thoughtfulness that should be demanded from all of our representatives. If there is a way to acheive common ground, Brandon will find it. If you cherish having a productive, responsible government then you must vote for Brandon Peters.”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “Brandon is a tested leader who possesses the ability to bring people together for a common purpose. We need people in Congress who can solve problems and will follow through on what they say. I believe Brandon is the right person for the job!”

  • endorsed

    “Go Gettem Brandon!”

  • endorsed

    “For the people, by the people. I've not seen anything from Dunn that he believes those words. Bay county people are being screwed for the 1%, Dunn is making that very apparent. Thank you Mr. Peters, for reaching out.”

  • endorsed

    “Very excited for you guys! And Florida. First time I’ve felt hopeful about politics for our State in a long time.”

  • endorsed

    “Please support Brandon Peters to assure his run for Congress in FL.”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Brandon Peters because I found him to be a formidable, intelligent, honest and hard working opponent in the courtroom and believe that he would bring these same qualities to Congress for the betterment of the United States and State of Florida.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Brandon Peters because he is a very intelligent, hard working and honest problem solver.”