Sara McFadden has declared her 2020 candidacy for Florida House of Representatives in District 106. McFadden, Democratic State Committeewoman for Collier County, will challenge Republican incumbent Bob Rommel, currently in his second term.
“The power of government belongs to the people, not corporations,” McFadden said in announcing her candidacy.
McFadden ran against Rommel for the District 106 seat in 2018 where she captured 34 percent of the vote in a district in which only 21 percent of registered voters are Democrats. “Rommel had huge financial support in 2018, overwhelmingly from special interests, while our campaign focused solely on individual contributions,” McFadden said.
“Rommel votes against Floridians over 70 per cent of the time. I promise to stand up to power and represent the people of Florida for a change.”
McFadden’s platform focuses on the environment, public education, citizen’s rights, health and safety. “We pay more for less, every year,” she said. “Water quality threatens our health, economy and property values. Our rights are challenged daily, placing our futures in danger.”
With a state constitution that preserves the separation of church and state, the Florida Legislature is now directly funding private schools, 85 per cent of which are religious, with public tax dollars.
The ERA/Equal Rights Amendment needs one more state to ratify. In a constituency and state that has more women than men, Rommel single-handedly stopped the ERA ratification bill from even reaching the floor for a State House vote.
“If we want to change Tallahassee, we need to change who we send,” McFadden said.
A former administrator, small business owner, and appointed vice chair of the Florida Democratic Party; McFadden is currently a member of Greater Naples Leadership, board member of Greater Naples Better Government Committee, the League of Women Voters, and the American Association of University Women.