One might be surprised to see the multitude of Democrat Jeremiah Jaspon's "running man" signs and stickers plastered all over my ultra-conservative hometown of Winter Springs. What is even more noteworthy is the complete lack of Lee Constantine signs in this city. (And don't count on seeing any).
Why is that?
There are a couple of reasons, but one big one in particular. Wanna play?
Answer: The reason Winter Springs citizens are supporting a Democrat in the State Senate race-- for $1000
What is stance on education, Alex? So Wrong. We have pretty good schools in this city. Although Lee Constantine can't take any credit. He joined his GOP calleagues in undermining the voter-approved class size amendment and paying teachers well below the national average.
What is cheaper medicine? There is a large senior population in Winter Springs. Unlike his opponent, Jeremiah favors joining the same program that several other states have joined that allow residents to purchase safe prescription refills from licensed and inspected pharmacies in Canada at 25 to 80% off of the US Retail price. Why should we have to pay so much more for the exact same medicine, just because we are American?
But no that's not it either.
What is Constantine's effort to limit public access to information? True, but frankly, most people here don't know and frankly, don't care.
Give up? Lake Mary knows. So does St. Cloud. Like those two cities, Winter Springs wanted to provide municpal internet access to ALL of its residents as a public service. Beside doing something to benefit the people, it would be an incentive for new residents and businesses to relocate, and help narrow the digital divide.
Of course, if you didn't want the free service, you could choose to pay more for a better service from the telecommunication companies, but it would be a choice. It's called "capitalism". Almost everyone loved the idea.
Except Lee Constantine.
At the behest of the telecommunications companies, Mr Constantine sponsored a bill in the State legislature that would have made it illegal for a city to offer communications services to its residents. Their profits took priority over a service that was supported by everyone, Dems and GOPs. (In fact, two of the biggest proponents for this connectivity for their respective cities of W.S. and Lake Mary were republicans Michael Blake and Michael McLean--now locked in a battle royale over a Sem Co commission seat.)
Thankfully, not even the special interest dominated, GOP-controlled Florida legislature decided they could justify Constantine's blatant assault on the citizens they are supposed to represent. After a public hearing, the citizens of Winter Springs were able to enjoy our city's wi-fi.
That is why the people here know that Jaspon's phrase, "Running for the People", isn't just another cheesy campaign slogan--it's a philosophy that is the complete opposite of Lee Constantine's.