Gwen Graham caps off first half of CD 2 tour with Possum Festival visit

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Congressional candidate Gwen Graham capped off the first half of her eight-day “Grilling with The Grahams” campaign tour of the North Florida with a visit to the Wausau Possum Festival, winning the first “possum of the day” auction.

Joined by Graham’s father, former governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, the family took a trip down the Apalachicola River Saturday to highlight the importance of the state’s natural resources as part of a plan to promote economic growth in North Florida.

“North Florida’s natural resources are being continuously threatened by out-of-state interests and Congress has been too busy fighting each other to defend us,” said the Tallahassee Democrat. “We need someone who will work with the Army Corps of Engineers to protect the Apalachicola and the thousands of working families that depend on it for work.”

“Whether it’s oystermen in the Apalachicola Bay or farmers in Washington County,” she added, “I want to do what’s right for their livelihoods–that’s the North Florida Way.”‎

Grilling with the Grahams is a fourteen-county series of family-centric barbeque events through Florida’s 2nd Congressional District. During the tour Graham is promoting what she calls the “North Florida Way,” a set of common sense values that she promises to bring with her to Washington.

This week, Grilling with the Grahams continues through the western part of the district, including the opening of a field office in Jackson County and a final “Workday” event in Panama City.

Graham faces incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland for region covering the eastern part of the Florida Panhandle, the Big Bend along the Emerald Coast, and both Tallahassee and parts of Panama City.

Behind-the-scenes video of Saturday’s leg of the tour, taken by Graham’s son Mark, is also available on YouTube.

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