Wide Open Race For District 10 Seat
District 10 covers a 10 county area stretching east from Franklin county, including all of Dixie county, as well as part of Columbia, Levy and a small corner of Alachua county.
In the Democratic primary, Leonard Bembry is a business owner and owns a farm in Madison county. He says the district needs to prepare for growth and new jobs by improving infrastructure and schools.
"We've got to have better access to educational background," said Bembry. "We've got to have better access to jobs. We've got to have better medical access. We've got to really step forward and step up for the people and the citizens of our district."
His opponent in the primary is Julie Conley who says her experience as Economic Development Director for Jefferson County and Monticello Mayor will serve her well in the State House. She focused on reprioritizing state spending and improving the economy.
"Try to make our tax structure more fair," said Conley. "We need to look at ways of increasing tax revenue through a review of possibly some exemptions, taxing internet sales. We're losing billions of dollars a year on sales made over the internet that aren't taxed."
In the Republican primary, Don Curtis owns a forestry company after years in management for both the Division of Forestry and the Suwannee River Water Management District. He wants to bring jobs to the district and improve schools and vocational programs.
"When industry does come look, they are going to look at the school system and quality of the workforce that is coming out of the school systems, and we need to do some things because industry is turning away from rural Florida because there aren't enough trained/qualified workers," said Curtis.
Mike Williams is running as a small business owner in Madison county and former Chamber of Commerce President. He wants to improve the business environment by decreasing regulations and taxes.
"We do need to develop the education system so they have a workforce that's prepared to work when they get out of schools, and also we have to have healthcare available in order to meet the needs of our citizens," said Williams.
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