Patrick Murphy collects nearly 7,000 petitions for CD 18 re-election

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U.S Rep. Patrick Murphy’s campaign announced strong grassroots support, with more than enough signed petitions for the freshman Democrat to be on the ballot in November for Florida’s 18th Congressional District.

Collecting almost 7,000 petitions from local residents, elections supervisors were able to validate the minimum 4,764 required by Florida law. 

In addition to collecting petitions, Murphy also boasted a social media milestone, as the candidate received over 20,000 Facebook followers. Campaign manager Anthony Kusich points to the popular showing as proof of the congressman’s strength in the district.

“Reaching these two grassroots milestones this week was no small feat, and they are a testament to the fact that Patrick is truly a Congressman for the people,” Kusich said, adding that Murphy’s strength lies in a “common sense, problem-solving attitude and willingness to work in a bipartisan manner.”

At 31, Murphy is currently the youngest representative serving in the U.S. House.

“It is humbling to have the backing of so many local residents in my effort to change the tone in Washington, always putting the people of our community first,” Murphy said in a statement Wednesday.

Among the seven Republicans vying for the Jupiter Democrat’s seat in the upcoming midterms are former state Rep. Carl Domino, former Tequesta Councilmember Calvin Turnquest, and former Connecticut legislator Alan Schlesinger.

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