Dan Webster hosts Sept. 6 re-election kickoff cookout for CD 8

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Now that the courts kicked the redistricting can down the road to 2016, U.S. Rep Daniel Webster is focusing his energies on re-election to Florida’s Eighth Congressional District.

On Saturday, the Winter Garden Republican hosts a General Election campaign kickoff and cookout at Newton Park by Lake Apopka. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. with a precinct walk-through, followed by a cookout at 12:30 p.m.

“I took on Washington because the status quo is unacceptable,” Webster’s invite says. “I need your help to continue the fight to protect our founding principles.”

The invitation goes on to touch upon Webster’s GOP priorities, including a dig at Barack Obama, who “refuses to enforce our laws” as well as a call for “balanced budget and responsible spending.”

Webster is seeking a third-term in CD 8, which was the focus of a successful legal redistricting challenge by the League of Women Voters of Florida.

The LWV sued the state over political maps drawn by Republican state legislators that violated the Florida’s “Fair Districts” constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2010. Although Judge Terry Lewis approved the new districts created by a special session of the Legislature – including changes to Webster’s district — he ruled the map would not go into effect until the 2016 election cycle.

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