|Congressional candidate Dave Koller and I discuss the issues.|
As billed there was music performed by Jennifer McRae and Louie Palmer who sang and played guitar, and a DJ. There was free picnic food, a line of tables with information and petitions on supporting the vote for Medical Marijuana to protesting strip mining and GMOs. There was a lot of reminders to vote, please vote.
There weren't a whole lot of people at the rally lots of apathy going around. Those who were there are genuine in their concerns, including three candidates running for county commission, state house of representatives and U.S. Congress. I applaud all those who took the afternoon to show their concern and bolster one another in the name of labor and fair pay for every American citizen.
I had a chance to discuss this issue and more with Dave Koller who is running to represent Florida's District 11 in the U.S. House of Representatives. Koller is running against incumbent (and Tea Party favorite) Richard Nugent, who has never appeared to have had any intentions of serving everyone in his district. In my opinion he points his nose in the air and says crude things about those he doesn't like or those who think differently. There is no thought or consideration for anyone else's view -- he never even pretends to look at an issue in another way before making any decisions.
So, it was refreshing to hear Koller address how he plans to serve our district -- with an open mind, ears and an unbreakable commitment to include every resident's needs in his votes and decisions. Koller had spent his life working with and for the disabled. He says he understands what's needed to serve someone's needs and get tasks done. Koller gets it. He doesn't pretend it would be easy satisfying everyone from Tea Party right to the left leaningest liberal. The way Koller sees it, his job,and the job of Congress, is finding solutions to get whatever needs done, done.
An example is gun laws and the extreme views found everywhere in our country. Koller says he doesn't support the NRA's stand, but thinks the only logical solution is to enforce laws, tighten loopholes and to listen to various opinions, respect the holders of those opinions and try to vote his conscience when hot button issues await the vote of Congress.
He seems to be a moderate in the truest sense of the word -- he's for the give-and-take of politics and not always interested in the so-called party line. At least that's the impression I was left with after chatting with him for about 15 minutes prior to the speech-making portion of the afternoon.
Koller has a lot of great ideas and I really enjoyed our chat. Later, when he spoke to the group about his run for congress and views on raising the minimum wage, he touched on many of the same points. Too bad more residents in this district didn't get a chance to meet and listen.
|Koller speaks at Wage War rally.|