Gwen Graham’s next “Work Day” will be on Saturday at a local barbershop, as part of her campaign for Florida’s 2nd Congressional District.
The Tallahassee Democrat, who faces GOP incumbent Rep. Steve Southerland, will start her shift at 11 a.m. at Fades Professional Barber Shop at 423 S Adams Street.
Graham’s “Work Days,” where she spends a full shift with a variety of small businesses in CD 2, is taken from the winning playbook of her father, former governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham. The senior Graham, during many of his successful political campaigns, would often be found working at jobs of ordinary Floridians — busing tables, collecting garbage and driving trucks.
In prior “Work Days,” Gwen Graham worked alongside Second District residents, such as on a Tallahassee construction site, on patrol with the Gretna Police Department and at a sixty-eight acre goat ranch outside of Monticello.
Graham says the workday is to gain firsthand experience and highlight issues that small business face, hoping to “feature discussion of what Congress can do to help kick start North Florida’s economy.”
Florida’s CD2 is considered one of the most competitive races in the 2014 midterms, mostly because of the diverse demographic makeup. The district comprises of both stalwartly Democratic Tallahassee (Graham’s home base) and a series of small rural counties, such as Southerland’s conservative stronghold of Bay County.