Congressional candidate Gwen Graham announces economic plan, blasts partisan politics

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Congressional candidate Gwen Graham visited a local nursery on Thursday to announce her economic plan to help middle class families and small businesses located in North Florida’s 2nd Congressional District.

The Democrat, daughter of former governor and Sen. Bob Graham, faces Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland for the area including Tallahassee through Panama City and the eastern part of the Florida Panhandle.

Graham held a press conference at Native Nurseries on Centerville Road in Tallahassee, one of the family-owned companies that she said would benefit most from the recommendations in her five-point fiscal plan.

“We need leaders who will work with both Republicans and Democrats to fight for commonsense policies that will grow our economy for the middle class – like investing in education, supporting small businesses that create jobs in North Florida and cutting wasteful spending in Washington,” Graham said.

In her speech, Graham blasted Washington policy, saying it is “too focused on self-destructive partisan politics,” adding that it is time to get past “name calling” and get to work creating good paying jobs and growing the economy.

“From the military installations in the Second District to the miles of coastline that provide agricultural and tourism work,” she said, “our area has unique industries and small businesses that just need Congress to get out of the way so they can do their work.”

Graham’s Economic Plan includes five key areas:

  • Using the strengths of North Florida regional and local resources to spur job creation
  • Introduce initiatives like equal pay and increasing the minimum wage
  • Working across the aisle to break Washington gridlock to get Congress focused on growing the economy
  • Investments in education and job training
  • Supporting North Florida small businesses by closing loopholes for corporations and ending bad trade deals

At the event, Graham pointed out about how Congressional gridlock and the government shutdown costing the economy 24 billion dollars, and revealing an “abject failure of leadership.”

The Graham Economic plan is available at

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