Today on Context Florida: Time to vote, Ag Commissioner, Kellen Winslow and Tom Slade

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Today on Context Florida:

Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services may be the most undervalued, overlooked race on the Election 2014 Florida ballot, says Daniel Tilson. The choice between Adam Putnam and Thad Hamilton would seem to be clear for a majority of Florida voters, he adds, but voters can still have the final say — today.

Kellen Winslow is a man on a mission, writes Chris Timmons. He wants to right what’s wrong with the athletic situation at Florida A&M University. As athletic director, Winslow understands something essential: athletics can attract students and fans to a university.

Although more than half of Florida’s voters are deciding not to vote this year, Mark Wilson says that your vote matters more than ever. If we focus less on the left, the right, or who’s right and wrong, and instead have strong faith, protect our freedoms, fight for free enterprise and focus on policies that support strong families, that Florida’s best days are ahead of us.

Martin Dyckman reflects on the strengths of Tom Slade, the former Florida Republican chair who died Oct. 20, which included a talent for recruiting good candidates for offices the party had not won before. The worst thing that ever happened to the Democrats was that they didn’t have Slade and the Republicans did. That was largely their own fault.

Catherine Durkin Robinson calls for everyone to get out and vote. We are the only ones who can directly alter the news that is covered, the stories that get attention, and the laws that get passed. We can encourage our friends and families, everywhere, to be more aware and on alert. We can shake it up, and small steps are OK. As long as they lead in the right direction.

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