Gwen Graham brings a positive message to “Florida NewsMakers”

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Democrat Gwen Graham pays a visit this week to “Florida NewsMakers,” the weekly political talker produced by Sachs Media Group.

Host Trimmel Gomes sat down for a in-depth chat with the candidate for Florida’s 2nd Congressional District, who is facing two-term Republican Congressman Steve Southerland in November.

In a race that has earned national attention— featuring two candidates seemingly worlds apart on the ideological spectrum – the North Florida contest has become what some observers feel is a bellwether for the political mood across the nation.

Running for the seat since April 2013, Graham exudes a sunny optimism that is clearly working to her benefit. Not only has she excelled in fundraising — outperforming an incumbent in campaign cash — but Graham has also taken the lead in the polls, an notable achievement for a district containing a number of conservative strongholds.

“I have loved every day” of the campaign, Graham says. “Meeting people, talking to people … I love just having the opportunity to hear what is going on in people’s lives.”

A cornerstone of Graham’s campaign is her “North Florida Way,” a series of common sense answers to  problems facing the district; something she says Congress desperately needs.

Graham brings to the campaign a strong family history in politics – as the daughter of beloved former Florida governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham. Instead of shying away from her past, Gwen both embraces and celebrates her famous lineage. In fact, she credits her family for providing the range of experiences that make her “uniquely ready to serve” in public office.

As an attorney and former school district administrator, Graham says she possesses both skills and a positive attitude, each necessary to help end the partisan gridlock in Congress.

If elected, Graham says her first task will be to put the country in a position where it will “never see a government shutdown again.”

Graham also tells Gomes that “as someone who brought people together” she will serve North Florida with a philosophy that served her so well in the past: reaching out to anyone with good ideas, regardless of party affiliation.

“Florida’s NewsMakers” with Gwen Graham is now available on YouTube.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.