My opposition to banker and medical industry executive Neal Dunn's support for the Paul Ryan agenda comes from life lessons well learned.  We need a Congress that supports working families who work hard and play by the rules.

I was an enlisted sailor and naval intelligence officer for 22 years, a speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter and other Democrats, a corporate executive and consultant, and a Leon County Commissioner 1998-2010.  We balanced the county budget every year during the Great Recession, with no net increase in taxes, and even improved public services.  When I left office, Leon had an unmatched quality of life and the fourth-lowest per capita operating budget of Florida's 67 counties.

I moved as a child to North Florida in 1952 and watched my neighbors work hard to get ahead.  Yet today, too many of them are stuck in a rural economy that relegates them to low-wage occupations and limited upward mobility.  Every rural county in District 2 (and even Bay) has fewer jobs today than in 2007.  Lack of decent, affordable health care adds to their challenges, compounded by underfunded public schools -- per student state funding of Florida's public schools has fallen 22% since 2008.

I learned to govern by two means -- listening and voting on the merits -- constantly reminding myself to serve everyone, even those who didn't vote for me.  Plus, my 32 years of working in or for corporations informed me about how our economy works and how communities can succeed in the global competition.  That's why, when private sector layoffs soared, we accelerated our infrastructure projects to create hundreds of new jobs when other counties cut theirs.

To expand job opportunities, my first priority in Congress will be a focused infrastructure program that combines the best of public and private collaboration to improve transportation, especially rural roads, school construction, and high-speed Internet service.  I will work to preserve the best of the Affordable Care Act, while bringing down skyrocketing health care costs and insurance premiums.  I will improve veterans health services, not privatize them.  I oppose the obscene haste to slash taxes for corporations and the wealthiest 1% -- financed entirely by borrowing, leaving the IOUs for our grandchildren.

Last, I am committed to integrity in public service -- myself included.  My record for personal honesty and for calling out waste, inefficiency, sexual harassment, corruption and incompetence is well known in Leon County.  In Congress, I am prepared to vote for your interests, not follow the herd.


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  • Durward Rackleff endorsed

    “Growing up, I watched my dad fight endlessly for the economic and environmental health of North Florida and all of its citizens. A drive around Leon County contains endless signs of his impact from economic development, to stormwater management and clean drinking water, to libraries and public parks. He's the man to beat bank executive Neal Dunn and represent the Real Florida!”

  • Ryan Stelzer endorsed

    “As a former colleague of Bob, I cannot think of a better person to create meaningful, lasting, and positive change for the working families of North Florida. His dedication to helping other is apparent in everything he does and it's about time we send people like Bob to the Capitol!”

  • Kim Armstrong endorsed

    “I support @BobRackleff for Congress CD-2 because he knows that health care is a right and government must work for working families. Neal Dunn voted for the #TrumpTaxScam- a blatant giveaway to corporations and billionaires at the expense of #AllofUs.”

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  • Durward Rackleff endorsed

    “Growing up, I watched my dad fight endlessly for the economic and environmental health of North Florida and all of its citizens. A drive around Leon County contains endless signs of his impact from economic development, to stormwater management and clean drinking water, to libraries and public parks. He's the man to beat bank executive Neal Dunn and represent the Real Florida!”

  • Ryan Stelzer endorsed

    “As a former colleague of Bob, I cannot think of a better person to create meaningful, lasting, and positive change for the working families of North Florida. His dedication to helping other is apparent in everything he does and it's about time we send people like Bob to the Capitol!”

  • Kim Armstrong endorsed

    “I support @BobRackleff for Congress CD-2 because he knows that health care is a right and government must work for working families. Neal Dunn voted for the #TrumpTaxScam- a blatant giveaway to corporations and billionaires at the expense of #AllofUs.”