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JUNE 9, 2016 - Great news! On June 7, 2016, the Pinellas County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve an ordinance banning fracking in Pinellas County. This will help protect our fragile ecosystem. Our water supply will be free from the risk of contamination from as many as 500 harmful chemicals. Visitors will continue to enjoy our beaches and waters. 

JUNE 9, 2016 - Today I announced my candidacy to the press. I am very excited about my campaign and my prospects in the fall. 

 

Sunday, June 26, 2016 8:15 AM

Are you a Yellow Dog Democrat?

Are you? Just wait and see.

A "Yellow Dog Democrat" is Texas slang denoting someone who always votes for Democrats even if the Democratic ticket has a yellow dog on it! In other words, a solid D.

I am such a Democrat. I even have a bumper strip on my car to prove it. Why? Because I believe that Democrats always offer the best solutions to solve the problems facing our country. There have only been a couple of instances since 1972 where I have voted for a candidate who was not a Democrat, normally because the Democrat was flawed in some major way.

As early as 1959, when I was 8, I recall that my parents talked politics around the dinner table. My Dad worked on the Hill for the late Senator Estes Kefauver (D-TN). In 1960, we drove across the country to attend the 1960 Democratic Convention in Los Angeles. This was where President Kennedy was nominated. What a trip!

In 1972, while at Vanderbilt, I cast my first Presidential vote for George McGovern, a progressive who lost badly to then-President Richard Nixon. And we all know how that turned out!

For nearly twenty years, I volunteered to help elect Democrats in Virginia. My proudest moment was when we elected Douglas Wilder as Governor -- the nation's first African-American to hold that position.

There you have it. That is why I am proud to be known as a Yellow Dog Democrat. Are you?

 


Political advertisement approved by and paid for by Bernard Fensterwald, Democrat, candidate for Florida House of Representatives, District 65
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