Endorsement by Dr. Wendy Anderson of Stetson University

Thank you, Dr. Wendy Anderson, Professor and Chair of Environmental Science at Stetson University, for your endorsement! Together, we will work toward a Green New Deal to save our planet.


July 9, 2020

As a scientist and educator, I support bold leaders who are willing to take a stand to protect our environment, and to ensure that our children and grandchildren will have a stable climate and the natural resources they need to thrive. After several conversations with Dr. Richard Thripp, I am convinced that he will be the best representative for Florida’s 6th District in the U.S. Congress to get the U.S. back on track with the Paris Agreement and to move us toward a Green New Deal. If you care about the environment, please take a serious look at Dr. Thripp’s positions on the issues. You will see that he is our best candidate to promote healthy environments, healthy communities and a healthy economy!

Wendy Anderson, PhD
Candidate for Volusia Soil and Water Conservation, District 4
Professor and Chair of Environmental Science
Stetson University

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Endorsement by Dr. Tim Wilson of Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University

Thank you, Dr. Tim Wilson of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, for your endorsement and support! I won’t let you down!


July 7, 2020

I’m Tim Wilson, a lifelong Democrat, and I endorse Richard Thripp for the Democratic Party nomination for Florida’s 6th congressional district.

I’m a native Tennessean, but a semi-native Floridian. When I was a kid, my family vacationed at a mom-and-pop beach motel (The Mermaid, now gone and replaced by the hulking Grand Coquina condominium) in Daytona Beach Shores every Fourth of July (my daddy would go to the Firecracker 400). My mom was one of the original residents of Pelican Bay when it was developed in the early 1980s. My husband and I have been residents of Volusia County since moving here in 2000 to take care of her in her later days. We’ve lived in the Shores, in Debary, and, currently, in Port Orange. I’m on the faculty at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where I serve as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. I’m the advisor to the campus Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics organization, supporting LGBTQ+ young persons as they grow into their professions.

Richard is the progressive voice we need. He comes from a background as a Republican in a right-wing Trump supporting family. That’s great! We welcome former Republicans and “soon to be former Republicans” (Mayor Pete) in this big tent Democratic Party. Whatever political environment he comes from, Richard supports progressive issues like jobs that pay enough for a family to grow and thrive, access to health care for all, saving our planet from climate disaster, and addressing long-standing racial and economic injustices.

A young man with a young family, Richard is running a grassroots campaign from his home here in Volusia County. He’s local, with degrees from Daytona State and UCF. Contrast that to current ghost rep Mike Waltz who’s never even lived in our district, much less shown one iota of interest in it.

I am confident that Richard will make a fine Representative. He will listen to and serve his constituents, and he will make taking care of ordinary folks, in our district and nationwide, his priority. I would be proud to have him represent us.

Timothy A. Wilson, PhD
Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University

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Richard Thripp for Congress (Florida’s 6th District): WJXT News4Jax Voter’s Guide 2020 Responses

My answers to the WJXT News4Jax TV station’s Election 2020 Voter’s Guide. Enjoy! #Thripp2020 #FL6 #FL06 #BlueWave2020

June 27, 2020

Name: Richard Thripp
Seeking which office: U.S. House, 6th district
Party affiliation: Democratic
Age: 28
Candidate’s family: Not notable
Occupation: Adjunct Faculty
Education: PhD in Education
Political experience: Neophyte

What do you see as the top three issues in this race?

Change for the Many: Restore the American Dream for All Americans

Protect and Expand Our Social Safety Nets: Social Security, Medicare, & Beyond

Look to the Future: Fully Fund Education & a Green New Deal (A Bright Future for Our Kids)

How can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot?

I am well-organized and disciplined. I’m a published author and academic editor with an eye for details. I work well with others and get stuff done. I’ll take the same skills and work ethic to Congress. I’m an advocate for hard-working Central Floridians. I’ve studied our government, and I’ve researched financial education and our economy.

I talk with Ambassador Nancy Soderberg regularly. I take advice from experts. I adjust course and apologize when I’m wrong. We need to expect this from our politicians!

I’m a local born and raised in Daytona Beach who actually knows the district, unlike the incumbent. I will put a district office in mid-town Daytona Beach to help our underserved communities there. We won’t be hiding in an unmarked office building in DeLand like the incumbent. We will set a national example for constituent service!

What would you hope to be remembered for accomplishing after serving in this office?

Turning the tide on the climate crisis so kids and grandkids have an inhabitable earth. Restoring the American dream through progressive reforms such as universal healthcare and fully funding K–16 education.

If elected how would you address the calls for racial justice?

I will be a champion for racial justice. We need to do it comprehensively. People of color have the deck stacked against them from the beginning. In addition to overhauling the way we do policing, we need bold federal funding and action on items like healthcare, education, childcare, and housing. We need to fully staff and fund our IRS, close our $450 billion annual tax gap, repeal and replace the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, and end insane military campaigns. Wealth inequality is out of control in this country and has only gotten worse in the past few years. I support a universal basic income for all Americans (Andrew Yang’s freedom dividend), which is a part of the 2016 Black Lives Matter platform.

What challenges does COVID-19 present to the office you are seeking?

COVID-19 is a wake-up call. We can’t elect incompetent blowhards who lie, attack everyone, and treat a pandemic like a public relations problem. Politicians should not be for sale to the highest bidder. We need facts, truth, and expert advice, not division, hatred, and propaganda.

I would be doing big events, shaking hands, and meeting thousands of voters if COVID-19 didn’t occur. We’re a scrappy underdog campaign with enthusiastic volunteers all over the district and country. We’ve had to improvise with a big focus on social media, text banking, and contactless canvassing (items like door hangers).

We could have contained COVID-19 early if this administration would have listened to reason. Instead, it spread to every county and state, costing us trillions of dollars, tens of millions of jobs, and hundreds of thousands of American lives. Locking down our economy was a last-ditch maneuver. We didn’t do it right, and it should never have been an unfunded mandate for our middle class and small businesses. When we needed leadership, we got abdication and destruction. I’m running for the congressional seat our failed excuse for a governor, Ron DeSantis, previously held. All of America, and Florida in particular, is now seen as pitiable, weak, and pathetic due to failed Republican leadership. We must never let this happen again!

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About the Boundaries of Florida’s 6th Congressional District

Whenever you hear that the “suburbs of Jacksonville” are in Florida’s 6th congressional district, they are talking about before 2016. There was a gerrymandering court challenge resulting in redistricting effective for the 2016 election. The district used to go all the way up to Ponte Vedra Beach, which is a suburb of Jacksonville, and our then-“representative” and now-governor, Ron DeSantis, lived there. He moved to Palm Coast for his 3rd term to be within the boundaries of the newly configured 6th district, which ends just south of the city limits of St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach.

Florida’s 6th Congressional District: Boundaries before January 3, 2017

Florida’s 6th Congressional District: Boundaries before January 3, 2017

The district now includes Volusia and Flagler counties in their entirety, the southern part of St. Johns county, and the northeast part of Lake County. See here for boundaries: www.govtrack.us/congress/members/FL/6

Florida’s 6th Congressional District: Boundaries from January 3, 2017 to January 2, 2023

Florida’s 6th Congressional District: Boundaries from January 3, 2017 to January 2, 2023

Rep. Michael Waltz lives in St. Augustine Beach, which is NOT in his district. There are some areas with St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach mailing addresses included in the district, but they are unincorporated areas of St. Johns County, not within the city limits.

Richard Thripp is a Progressive Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives for Florida’s 6th congressional district. Please contribute to our volunteer-powered grassroots campaign!

Rep. Michael Waltz, Trump’s Favorite Congressman and 2016 Never-Trumper, Wants to Cut Social Security

I will be Rep. Michael Waltz’s Democratic opponent on November 3rd, 2020 (after we win the August 18th primary) for the U.S. House of Representatives race for Florida’s 6th district.

I will say that Waltz does a better job than our former congressman and now governor, Ron DeSantis, of visiting the district. Waltz’s undercover congressman series is a hoot. Other than that, he’s pretty useless and don’t forget he was a never Trumper in 2016. These are actual quotes from this TV ad Waltz starred in. It didn’t support any particular GOP candidate. It was just a warning about Trump.

Michael Waltz: Don’t let Trump fool you. Look into his real record, and stop Trump now.

Michael Waltz: He essentially called anyone who is captured in combat a loser. It’s something that I personally can’t stomach.

Also, Waltz wants to cut your Social Security and Medicare. He said so himself in this August 2018 Republican primary debate. Watch for yourself here.

Michael Waltz: The way to get a hold of it, and, and, this is what we’re gonna have to do, we’re gonna have to go after the non-discretionary portion: The entitlement reform portion. We’re nibbling around the edges with all of these other cuts. That’s the part that we have to go over. We need politicians that get up there and have the guts to go after it. It’s one of the reasons I’m on the record for term limits. It’s that you get in there, you get stuff done, and you get back to the real world. That’s what our founding fathers intended.

Moderator: Just to, uhh, clarify one thing though: If we go after entitlements, what does that amount to? Uhh, if you cut, let’s say, and what are those entitlements? Is Social Security an entitlement?

Michael Waltz: Yeah. [Dissent from audience]

Rep. Michael Waltz doesn’t live in his district. He doesn’t know you or care about you. He’s a protégé of Dick Cheney and part of the Washington swamp. He made his fortune selling “easily maintainable systems for surveillance (ISR), border security, and infrastructure protection” in Libya, and pretended to be a woman-owned business to get lucrative defense contracts. He then used that money to buy his congressional seat, lending $605,000 to his 2018 campaign.

Disastrous, failed Republican leadership and policies have resulted in over 120,000 dead Americans, 45 million lost jobs, many trillions of dollars of American prosperity squandered, a horrendous unemployment system that leaves many Floridians suicidal and homeless, and the greatest transfer of wealth to the richest people and largest corporations in modern history. On November 3rd, 2020, vote for Joe Biden and Richard Thripp. The Democratic party isn’t perfect, but at least we are headed in the right direction.

Dr. Richard Thripp is a 28-year-old husband, father, teacher of teachers, and Progressive Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives for Florida’s 6th congressional district. Learn more at ThrippForCongress.com.

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Dr. Richard Thripp, An Overlooked Progressive Congressional Candidate in a Winnable Florida District

June 16, 2020

Richard Thripp is a young, experienced teacher educator who supports a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and a universal basic income, among other progressive policies. Such legislation would be transformational for Florida’s 6th congressional district—particularly the Daytona Beach area, which has low median income, blighted areas, and underserved communities. Richard is a native Floridian born in Daytona Beach who knows the area’s issues well and has lived, worked, and volunteered in this community his whole life. He and his wife Kristy have a 16-month-old son, and he completed his Education PhD in December 2019 while teaching educational technology and advocating for financial education and a better retirement plan for Florida teachers.

Richard joined the race on January 1, 2020 as a political neophyte who felt called to fight for the little guy and for the future of Central Floridians and all Americans. An internal poll suggests that Richard is poised to defeat perennial candidate Clint Curtis in the August 18th Democratic primary. In the November 3rd general election, Richard will be up against freshman Rep. Michael Waltz, who lives outside the district and has shackled himself to Republican albatross Donald Trump, appearing constantly on Fox News and on Air Force One.

The district has 600,000 voters with about 430,000 belonging to the 2 major parties, divided as 54% Republican vs. 46% Democratic, plus 170,000 no-party-affiliated or minor party voters. This is an overlooked, winnable district previously held by Florida’s failed puppet governor, Ron DeSantis, and was last represented by Democratic Rep. Suzanne Kosmas in 2009–2011. Richard is running a volunteer-powered campaign with grassroots donations and no big donors or corporate PAC money, and is a strong candidate for a national endorsement by [redacted].

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Richard Thripp for Congress, Progressive Democrat for Florida’s 6th District

About Richard's Platform

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.

Feel free to reach out or visit me online here!

Twitter: @Thripp2020
Facebook: ThrippforCongress

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Statement on the Murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police

May 30, 2020

George Floyd was murdered, plain and simple. Racism has not only persisted in the USA, but has worsened with the most racist president in modern history occupying OUR White House. This president, who took an oath to protect and defend ALL Americans from enemies foreign and domestic, has defied that oath by publicly calling for the deaths of Americans who are protesting racial injustice.

Our current congressman, Michael Waltz, stands complicit. It is astonishing that any elected official could remain silent during this dark time in our nation’s history. I call on Congressman Waltz to condemn racism and condemn the president’s outrageous Twitter tweets threatening the lives of Americans. We must endeavor to be one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for ALL. We must stand together in solidarity. Like a phoenix, we must rise up through the ashes.

We need JUSTICE. We need REFORM. We all need to fight entrenched racism, discrimination, inequity, and disadvantage comprehensively, from the ground up, throughout our culture and society. The status quo will not work for our police departments, neighborhoods, schools, laws, courts, and other institutions, including Congress. Black lives matter.

It won’t be easy, but we must make this a turning point for America. Let’s protest peacefully, but vociferously and tenaciously. We must work to attain positions of expertise, power, and influence to make a difference. Late is better than never. We will plant trees now that may take 20 years to bear fruit. Persist. Persist. Persist. Thank you and God bless.

– Richard Thripp
Democratic candidate for Congress, Florida’s 6th district

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This was a deliberate, slow, cold-blooded 1st-degree murder aided by 3 other police officers in broad daylight.

It wasn’t the first, but it SHOULD be the last.

We need JUSTICE, not platitudes.

We need REFORM, not empty words.

#BlackLivesMatter #FL6