More highlights from Gwen Graham’s “grilling” tour

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Gwen Graham launched day two of the “Grilling with The Grahams” campaign tour with events in three easternmost counties Florida’s Second Congressional District.

The Tallahassee Democrat used the series of family oriented events to connect with voters on the need for North Florida economic redevelopment, an area of the country ignored by the “current dysfunctional Congress.”

“This messed up Congress has been more focused on looking out for themselves instead of serving the people, said Graham.

“And that’s not the North Florida Way.”

Joined by her family, which includes her father, former governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, Gwen began the day in Greenville with a brown bag lunch with supporters, followed by an economic roundtable in Perry. She took the opportunity to promote her Graham Economic Plan, a series of proposed reforms intended to help small businesses in SD2.

Both Grahams also touched on populist issues such as a minimum wage increase, equal pay and lowering taxes on local small businesses, calling them “commonsense steps that we can take to help grow our North Florida economy.” All of which are areas Congress failed to act upon, the Grahams said.

“Those are the North Florida values that I believe in,” Gwen Graham added, “and those are the values I’ll fight for in Congress.”

The second day ended with a gathering of in Jefferson County with over 130 supporters, where Bob Graham introduced Gwen and the rest of the family.

“The best part about talking to people out in their community is being able to call on them when you are a public servant to ask how legislation affects them,” said the patriarch of the Graham family. “It’s how I kept the people’s concerns in mind when I voted, and Gwen is already continuing the tradition.”

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

Video highlights of “Grilling with the Grahams: Day Two” is also available on YouTube.

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