Good Morning Clearwater was proud to do our show this morning (Tuesday August 11) live from the North Pinellas Republican Campaign Office located at 29162 US Highway 19 in Clearwater. We had the chance to interview numerous people running for office and we need to thank Paul Malloy and Andrew The Barber for making it all happen!
Mr. Rod Ogden set up all our interviews and they were amazing. We started with Amanda Makki who is running for Congress in District 13. She wants to prevent tax increases, reduce out-of-pocket costs mandated by Obamacare, push for term limits for members of Congress, fix our transportation system and ensure that veterans have access to care and services. Amanda has experience, determination and is a solid conservative … we were very impressed. Learn more about Amanda by going to AmandaMakki.com.
Our second guest was Anna Paulina Luna who is also running for Congress. She wants to stop illegal immigration, defend the Constitution including the 2nd Amendment, fight for low taxes and unnecessary regulation, maintain the strongest military in the world and increase access to quality, affordable healthcare. Anna has a military background and a small business owner. She has a great outlook on things and once again we were very impressed. Check out her FaceBook Page @RealAnnaPaulina and her website at www.voteannapaulina.com
We also talked with Sheila Griffin who is also running for Congress. She is a lifetime Florida resident, a mother, pastor and community leader. She has extensive experience as an attorney, housing specialist, Boys & Girls Club director and spiritual leader. Sheila is vibrant, compassionate and will bring her amazing personality and education to Congress. See her website VoteGriffin.us.
These three amazing women are running against George Buck (who was at our live broadcast but interviewed by Paul Malloy) and Sharon Barry Newby (who we unfortunately did not meet) for the District 13 seat. We wish them all good luck in the upcoming August 18 primary.
We also got to interview Mike Twitty who is running for Pinellas County Property Appraiser. Mike is a lifelong resident of the county and graduated from Largo High School. He was sworn into office on January 3,2017 and is once again running for the position. Being the incumbent, he is not on the August 18 ballot but will be on the November ballot. His website is www.MikeTwitty.com.
Tammy Vasquez is running for Pinellas County Commission, District 3. She owns a family run business in Pinellas County and realized how hard it is communicating with county commissions. She knows that she can do better and says, “I’m a business owner who is tired of politicians running the show. We the people need a voice. It’s time for career politicians and bureaucrats to realize this is our government, not theirs”. We could not have said it better ourselves. To learn more about Tammy go to www.TammyVasquez.com.
We talked with Pinellas County Tax Collector Chris W. Thomas who has been a resident of Pinellas County for over 30 years and was elected to the office in 2017. Before that he was the Chief Deputy Tax Collector from 2001 to 2017. Chris is a multiple Governor’s Sterling Award winner and past chairman of the Pinellas Federal Credit Union. Check Chris out at www.VoteCharlesThomas.com. He is running against Joyell Hope Bobala who we did not get to talk with but was on with Paul Malloy.
Lastly we interviewed Chris Latvala who is the current State Representative for the Florida House, District 67. Chris fights to keep taxes low, he has chaired the Pre-K-12 Education Appropriations Subcommittee for the past two years, he helped pass a historic $500-million salary increase for teachers and fights for laws to protect first responders. Chris has done a fantastic job and will be on the November ballot. To learn more go to www.ElectChrisLatvala.com.
To say it was a busy show would be an understatement. We had a fantastic time talking to and getting to know these amazing people who are running to help better everybody’s lives here in Pinellas County and the State of Florida. We wish them all good luck and please, please, please get out and vote August 13 in the primaries and on November 3rd in the big election. For more info visit www.votepinellas.com