U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster draws another Dem challenger

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Former Eustis City Commissioner Bill Ferree filed today as a Democrat for Florida’s 10th Congressional District, currently held by Republican U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster. CD 10 covers portions of Lake, Orange and Polk counties, including the cities of Eustis, Leesburg, Clermont and parts of Orlando.

Before running against Webster in November, Ferree must first face two other Democrats in the August primary — Michael McKenna from Davenport and Shayan Modarres from Orlando. 

A 69-year-old former airline captain, Ferree served on the board of directors for the Lake-Sumpter Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization, as well as a school board member and school district labor negotiator in New Hampshire.

“I am running because Daniel Webster recklessly endangers our fragile economy through inaction and obstruction,” Ferree said in a statement issued today. “He has put fundraising off Tea Party supporters before the needs of his district and the American people, who want moderate voices and cooperation.”

Ferree is also the author of Empty Tank, Empty Wallet, a book on ideas for improving America’s energy policy and economy.

“District 10 citizens deserve a representative who puts their interests first,” Ferree added. “I’ll work to bring jobs, protect civil rights and a woman’s right to choose. I’ll be a champion for the environment and public education. I will stand up for the working class, but eagerly embrace a less partisan dialog in Washington.”

For more information on Ferree’s campaign, visit www.ferreeforcongress.com.

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