Gwen Graham holds twelfth Work Day at Tallahassee barbershop

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Gwen Graham’s latest “Work Day” had the candidate for Florida’s 2nd Congressional District sweeping floors, taking out trash, and answering phones at a local barber shop in Tallahassee.

While on her shift at Fades Professional Barber Shop, the Tallahassee Democrat discussed issues facing both customers and employees, explaining how the proposed Graham Economic Plan will help small business owners throughout North Florida.

“My business is just like small businesses all over Tallahassee; we want the chance to grow and hire more people,” said Fades owner Marlon Williams. “It’s good to see someone running for office that wants to hear from small business owners like myself and isn’t afraid to do some real work.”

Williams added was grateful to have the extra help on a busy Saturday.

“Fades Professional Barbershop is a great example of a locally-owned business that needs Congress to stop bickering and start helping,” Graham said. “The way the folks at Fades work together for their own success is the embodiment of the North Florida Way, and those are the values I want to bring back to Congress.”

“We need to be creating tax incentives for small businesses that create jobs, standing up to big corporations so small businesses have an even playing field, and investing in job training to create a skilled workforce so business owners like Marlon have people to hire,” she added. “This messed up Congress needs to quit the partisan bickering and start making job creation and supporting small businesses a top priority.”

This was Graham’s twelfth “Work Days,” where the candidate spends a full shift with small businesses located in the district, continuing a tradition began by her father, former governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham. The senior Graham, during many of his runs for office, would often work at jobs of ordinary Floridians — busing tables, collecting garbage and driving trucks.

In prior “Work Days,” Gwen Graham worked with other Second District residents, on jobs such as a Tallahassee construction site, on patrol with the Gretna Police Department and on a sixty-eight acre goat ranch outside of Monticello.

Next up for the candidate, who faces two-term GOP incumbent Rep. Steve Southerland, is “Grilling with the Grahams,” an eight-day, fourteen-county swing through the district. During the series of family-centric barbeque events, Graham will promote what she calls the “North Florida Way,” a set of common sense values that she promises to bring with her to Washington.

After that, Graham says she will join her father in the first joint Work Day of the campaign.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.