Both first-time candidates for government, Danelle Dodge and Joanne Terry, are vying to succeed longtime incumbent U.S. Representative Bill Posey. Rep. Posey of Rockledge is running for re-election to the US House of Representatives for an eighth two-year term. On August 23, District 8 Democratic registered voters can choose between Dodge, a resident of Cape Canaveral, and Terry, a resident of Satellite Beach. This district includes all of Indian River County, all of Brevard County, and a portion of eastern Orange County.
Posey will be opposed by the primary winner in the general election on November 8. Posey received almost 60% of the vote in each of his two most recent victories, which was about the same margin of victory. Both Democratic candidates have positioned themselves as outsiders in politics who can bring a new viewpoint to the position. Dodge has centred her campaign on constituent services, promising to use the representative’s office to directly assist locals by putting them in touch with necessary resources.
According to Terry, she will seek to reduce the gap between Democrats and Republicans, as well as among moderates who are unhappy with the political atmosphere fostered by Posey and the late President Donald Trump. Although the two Democratic candidates agree on a lot of the contentious issues, they disagree on how to solve problems for the district. Results of the North Brevard Democrats’ straw poll show that Fried defeats Crist and that Congressional candidates are popular. Issue with lagoon funding: Fine withdraws backing for two lagoon grants after Brevard Commission approves $30 million for hotel developer
Wade v. Wade
Terry and Dodge both cited surveys on the topic of abortion that revealed over 60% of Americans support access to the procedure. They both stated that they would support the passage of legislation that would provide government protection for abortions. “The topic of whether abortion is morally right or bad is not the focus of this entire discussion. It concerns what the government should do when a woman makes decisions about what to do with her own body, Terry added.
Terry differed from Dodge in that she acknowledged that many district people support life and that she would serve as their representative. She expressed her hope for a bipartisan approach to safeguarding abortion rights. According to Terry, “I would definitely vote to codify Roe v. Wade, but I want to make sure that we do it in a bipartisan fashion, so it doesn’t just get reversed after the next election.” Dodge cited the value of privacy and medical autonomy in adamantly stating that she would “definitely” vote in favour of a federal bill protecting access to abortion.
Court of Appeals decisions
Over the past few years, many Democrats have debated methods to alter or even limit the U.S. Supreme Court’s judicial review powers, as well as the possibility of adding more justices to the court. When questioned about the possibility of doing so, Dodge stated that she totally supported the idea and that Republicans were to blame for unfairly packing the court through actions like preventing Merrick Garland’s nomination in 2016. Dodge stated, “I believe we need to fix the court. “When there were nine justices, there were nine federal judicial districts; now there are thirteen.”
Even while Terry expressed “serious concern” about the Supreme Court growing more political over time, she believed that more justices would only be a temporary fix to the institution’s issues. Better long-term solutions to such problems, according to Terry, would involve reconsidering lifetime terms as well as adding more mechanisms of ethics and responsibility for Supreme Court justices. As families struggle with inflation, a food programme for south Melbourne’s children is maintained. Housing crisis: Brevard Charter Review Commission grants final approval to idea for affordable housing fund
According to Terry, in order to stop the cost of everything else from rising as a result of rising oil prices, the economy needs to be made more resilient over the long run by switching to more sustainable energy. She also stressed the need to address the tax system and reduce the deficit as policies that would have a good influence on the economy. In order to help families cope with inflationary pressures in the short term, Terry suggested placing more of an emphasis on housing assistance, school lunches, and child tax credits.
Dodge claimed that some of the current inflationary problems are simply the result of price gouging, particularly by oil firms looking to increase their profits. Dodge stated, “We had a bill on the floor to handle the price-gouging by our oil companies, and our current congressman voted ‘no’ on this,” adding that moving the transportation infrastructure away from oil will also be crucial in the long run to reduce prices.
Dodge claimed that a large number of people who are currently having trouble affording housing have been disregarded by elected officials who don’t understand what it’s like to be concerned about making ends meet. According to Dodge, “more than 40% of folks in this county make less than it takes to purchase a two-bedroom apartment.” In order to bring money and resources to the area and highlight the needs in our county, Dodge said, “I would engage with groups searching for grants and other government opportunities.
The rate at which housing costs are rising was described as “amazing” by Terry, who also credited rent control for helping her family survive and pay for her college education as a young woman.Terry stated, “I think our economic progress here ought to be inclusive, not exclusive.
Lake Indian River
The poor state of the Indian River Lagoon, according to both candidates, was at the top of their priority list for Brevard County. Both candidates stated that they would expect to be able to obtain federal funding and help if elected in order to put the lagoon back on the path to health. To acquire control of the sources, cleanup, and the resources to do everything required, we need to commit to and fund the complete, 20-year plan, Terry added.
Education, she continued, is a key element in preventing people from dispersing pesticides and other nutrients into the canal and further upsetting its environment. Terry opined, “I think we need to handle it from all perspectives, and it needs to be thorough. Dodge stated that a federal strategy is required, and that all funds must be devoted to solving the issue, given the lagoon’s condition and its effects on the local economy and house values.