A pair of Democratic Orange County Commission hopefuls targeted Gov. Rick Scott and Tallahassee Republicans for not doing enough for the under- and unemployed.
Candidates Euri Cerrud and Alvin Moore teamed with a Democratic-leaning group Florida for All to make the policy attack Tuesday monring in Orlando.
"People who work full time ought to be able to live on that," said Moore, an Eatonville city council member. "Everyone should be paid a living wage."
Moore faces a crowded and impressive District 2 field, which among its active candidates includes state Rep. Bryan Nelson, R-Apopka, as well as fellow Democrats Gregory Allen Jackson and Patricia Rumph, plus Republican Prince Brown. The seat is open since Commissioner Fred Brummer faces term limits.
Cerrud, however, primarily faces a formidable GOP incumbent in Commissioner Jennifer Thompson, who won her 2010 race with a whopping 71 percent of the vote.
In front of the Orange County courthouse, Cerrud joined with struggling Central Floridians, saying that Scott and Republicans in Tallahssee are not doing enough to promote good-paying jobs, "health care for all," and affordable higher education options.
"Together we can accomplish more for middle class families," Cerrud said. Tallahassee GOP "policies have not helped Floridians who need it most, especially here in Orange County."
Orlando resident Rhayn Wagner said she's struggled since earning a four-year degree, working in coffee shops, substitute teaching and recently getting laid off from a full-time post. She's under a mountain of student loan debt after pursuing a post-graduate degree, and was also recently dropped from her mom's health care plan.
The 28-year-old Democrat said she's upset that Republicans in Tallahassee are blocking an expansion of health care options under President Obama's Affordable Care Act.
"We demand economic security, livable wages and affordable health care," said Wagner.
The press event Tuesday is another clear marker put down by Democrats to make sure voters know that these non-partisan county races have unabashed Democrats running for the seats.
A coalition of left-leaning groups last week released a candidate survey with their stances on more than two dozen issues. Democratic candidates answered the Orange Rising questionaire, but notable Republicans such as Thompson and Mayor Teresa Jacobs declined to respond.
Democrats are also pushing a fall ballot measure, which if approved by voters, would make all county races partisan.
David Damron, March 25, 2014