Published in the October 18, 2018 Naples Daily News
Sara McFadden cares about education, our environment, health care and public safety. She is a gun sense candidate and a member of Moms Demand Action. She wants to see Medicaid expanded, public education supported, beach access maintained and our government in Southwest Florida protected from degradation and overdevelopment.
For 13 years, McFadden was a small business owner and civic leader. After the 2016 election, she was inspired to do more. She joined the Collier County Democratic Executive Committee. Within seven months, she was elected state committeewoman; three months later, she was appointed vice chairwoman of the state Democratic Party. She formed a coastal coalition of eight counties to bring statewide attention, resources and training to Southwest Florida. She hired a political consultant to advise potential Democratic candidates and began to encourage people to run for office. Then she thought, “Why don’t I run myself?” This year, happily, she is a part of a full Democratic slate of candidates for this county.
McFadden likes people and her strength is organization. She is not taking any political action committee money and is supported by individual donations. Her opponent paid to get on the ballot and has the support of Koch Industries, so the battle in November will be a fierce one, but McFadden knows the issues and is a strong advocate of “people power.”
On Nov. 6, I urge you to vote for McFadden and support her effort to bring sense to Tallahassee.
Joanne Grady Huskey, Naples