Endorsements & Recommendations

Building power for the people in Hernando County, Florida

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Candidates

President and Vice President: Joseph R. Biden and Kamala D. Harris

Representative in Congress, District 11: Dana Marie Cottrell

State Representative, District 34: Dushyant Jethagir Gosai

State Representative, District 35: Keith G. Laufenberg

County Commissioner, District 1: Isaiah Haddon

County Commissioner, District 5: No Endorsement¹

Brooksville City Council, Seat 2: Joe Bernardini

Brooksville City Council, Seat 3: Tom Dye

Judicial Retention, Supreme Court, and 5th District Court of Appeals: No Endorsement²

¹ The Hernando County Democratic Party has not officially endorsed a candidate for the District 5 race. However, in this election we are urging all voters to rebuke the Party of Trump at the ballot box.

² The Hernando County Democratic Party has not made official recommendations on Judicial Retention races. The Florida Bar Association published a survey of its members regarding their assessment of the candidates which you might find helpful. Bear in mind that Governor Ron DeSantis selects a replacement for any vacancy created.

Amendment Recommendations

Vote NO on Amendment 1: Citizen Requirement to Vote in Florida Elections

Florida’s Constitution already restricts voting to U.S. citizens; this adds unnecessary clutter.

Vote YES on Amendment 2: Raising Florida’s Minimum Wage

The Florida Legislature has failed for decades to raise the minimum wage to a livable wage. This will do so, and peg the minimum wage to the rate of inflation.

Vote NO on Amendment 3: All Voters Vote in Primary Elections for state Legislature, Governor and Cabinet

This Amendment is intended to reduce representation for Black voters, and in many places will cement one-party strangleholds on elected offices.

Vote NO on Amendment 4: Voter Approval of Constitutional Amendments

This is another attempt by the Florida Legislature to wrest power away from voters, making it nearly impossible for anyone but billionaire-funded groups to sponsor ballot amendments.

Vote NO on Amendment 5: Limit on Homestead Exemption

The state’s tax revenue options should not be restricted by the Florida Constitution. It limits their options to keep the budget balanced and to pay for needed services and programs.

Vote NO on Amendment 6: Ad Valorem Tax Discount for Spouses of Certain Deceased Veterans who had Permanent, Combat-related Disabilities

The state’s tax revenue options should not be restricted by the Florida Constitution. It limits their options to keep the budget balanced and to pay for needed services and programs.

Hernando School District

Vote YES on Millage for Public School Students

This marginally raises homeowner property taxes to pay for unfunded state mandates to improve teacher salaries and enhance school security, as well as to pay for needed technology procurement. A homeowner with a home valued at $150,000 will pay about $120 more per year; this does not impact non-homeowners.