My name is Richard Thripp and I’m running for Congress for Florida’s 6th district (all of Volusia and Flagler counties including Daytona Beach, Deltona, DeLand, and Palm Coast; south part of St. Johns County and northeast part of Lake County). I am a progressive Democrat running on universal healthcare for all, a Green New Deal, a universal basic income, and expanding our social safety nets and building a fairer economy.
I am endorsed by Our Revolution: Volusia, Volusia for Bernie, and New Blue Florida. I am Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate. I am a rare candidate who was actually born in Daytona Beach and has lived in Volusia County my whole life. My campaign is very frugal and all volunteers. The FL-06 race is a hidden gem. My only opponent in the Democratic primary is doing barely any campaigning or fundraising at all.
In the general election I’ll be up against Lt. Col. Green Beret Michael Waltz, Donald Trump’s favorite congressman (but a 2016 never Trumper) who bought his seat, has never lived in the district and currently lives outside the district, and was selling intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and port security systems in Libya during 2012–2013, and later claimed to have a “woman-owned” defense contracting business after his co-founded had already left and divested.
The district has 600,000 voters. Of the two major parties, it is 54% Republican and 46% Democrat. If everyone votes along party lines I need 61% of the no party affiliation vote in the general election. The last Democrat to win here was Rep. Suzanne Kosmas in 2008, but she lost re-election in 2010. Compare FL-06 to UT-04 and OK-05, which voted for Trump by bigger margins in 2016 but flipped blue in 2018.
I am a 28 year old husband, father to a 1-year-old baby boy, and teacher educator with 3 years experience, a PhD in Education from University of Central Florida, and multiple books and publications. In my research I specialized in investing and financial literacy of preservice teachers and I am a finance and technology nerd.
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