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La Gaceta’s Endorsements for the 2022 General Election
U.S. Senate
Val Demings
Congress District 13
Eric Lynn
Congress District 14
Kathy Castor
Congress District 15
Alan Cohn
Congress District 16
Jan Schneider
Governor and Lt. Governor
Charlie Crist /
Karla Hernandez

Attorney General
Aramis Ayala
Chief Financial Officer
Adam Hattersley
Commissioner of Agriculture
Wilton Simpson
State Senate District 14
Janet Cruz
State Senate District 16
Darryl Rouson
State Representative
District 62
Michele Rayner
District 65
Susan Valdes
District 64
Jen McDonald
District 67
Fentrice Driskell
County Commission
District 1
Harry Cohen
District 2
Angela Birdsong
District 5
Mariella Smith
District 7
Kimberly Overman
Florida Supreme Court
“NO” on Charles Canady
“NO” on John Couriel
“NO” on Jamie Grosshans
“YES” on Jorge Labarga
“NO” on Ricky Polston

Second District Court of Appeal
“YES” on Patricia Joan Kelly
“YES” on Nelly N. Khouzam
“NO” on Suzanne Y. Labrit
“NO” on Matt Lucas
“YES” on Robert Morris
“YES” on Travis Northcutt
“NO” on John Stargel
“NO” on Craig C. Villanti

County Court Judge Group 14
Melissa Black
Temple Terrace City Council
(vote for all three)
Alison McGillivray Fernandez
Robert Friedman
Gil Schisler

Constitutional Amendment 1
Constitutional Amendment 2
Constitutional Amendment 3
Hillsborough County Referendum
Temple Terrace Charter Revision

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

► We were deeply moved by the premiere of “La Gaceta The Documentary: 3 Languages, 3 Generations” at the Cuban Club on Friday, Oct. 28. It was the first time we saw the film and were impressed by its production quality and story construction. Producer Lynn Marvin Dingfelder and editor and film maker Larry Wiezycki did a marvelous job on the one-hour-plus film. Seeing my late father on the big screen being interviewed years ago about the newspaper was eerie. It was as if he was alive and being interviewed by Lynn now. Seeing footage from the 1950s of my grandfather Victoriano speaking English was amazing. The documentary is well-researched and offered me many surprises.
The theater was packed with 400 family, friends and supporters. It was a great night and one that I will always cherish.
I want to thank all those who appeared in the film and all those who contributed so that it could be produced. … (to read more, buy a paper)

► Circuit Court Judge Anne-Leigh Gaylord Moe has been busy this month. Besides her ruling in the transportation tax case, she also dismissed the lawsuit against City Councilman Orlando Gudes again, this time with an extensive written order.
In July, Judge Moe granted a motion by Gudes to dismiss by a lawsuit filed by attorney Ethan Loeb on behalf of Gudes’ former aide and her daughter, who claimed Gudes intentionally inflicted emotional distress and defamation. … (to read more, buy a paper)

Endorsements in the 2022 General Election
► State Senate District 14
Democratic incumbent Janet Cruz is being challenged by Republican Jay Collins. Cruz is a West Tampa girl who has risen up through hard work and activism. She is a strong supporter of women’s rights and gay rights. She is accessible, easy to talk to and a good listener. She is proud of her Latin heritage and proud of Tampa. Above all, Cruz is a fighter, even against all odds.
Her challenger is a veteran and works for a nonprofit that distributes meals to veterans.
La Gaceta endorses Janet Cruz for State Senate District 14.(to read more, buy a paper)

► State Senate District 16
Democratic incumbent Darryl Rouson is being challenged by Republican Christina Paylan.
Rouson is the most successful Democrat in the State Senate by working across the aisle when he can. His success is also based on his hard work. During session, he is working in the Senate long after many have gone to the Governors Club.
He brought home needed money in his district. He is the strongest voice and advocate in the Senate for drug treatment and intervention in a state where 7,579 died from drug overdose last year.
He is big on environmental protection, affordable housing, expanding healthcare and criminal reform.
His opponent, who is a doctor, seems to have a lot of anger towards the justice system and wants to be able to sue judges, lawyers and police for unintentional or intentional wrongful conduct in court.
Rouson is thoughtful, committed and honest, and deserves another term.
La Gaceta strongly endorses Darryl Rouson for State Senate District 16.(to read more, buy a paper)

► State Representative
District 62
The Republican running in this race is Jeremy Brown. He has been arrested for his alleged role in the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. He was carrying weapons and dressed in camouflage when he tried to stop Joe Biden from taking the office of president. He would like to bring his crazy to Tallahassee. We say we’ve got enough crazy in Tallahassee without him. If he gets elected, maybe they’ll let him out of jail.
Democrat Michele Rayner was elected in 2020 and became the “first openly queer Black member of the Florida Legislature.” She pushes for the State to help the people who need help and not the special interests and would like tax cuts aimed at the middle class and below. She is also pro-environment and want to invest in making Florida more resistant to rising sea levels.
La Gaceta endorses Michele Rayner for State Representative District 62.
(to read more, buy a paper)

► State Representative
District 64
Democratic incumbent Susan Valdes is being challenged by Republican Maura Cruz Lanz.
Lanz ran for County Commission before. She felt her brand of science should have been followed during the pandemic and that we all should have access to hydroxychloroquine. Enough said.
Our pick is Susan Valdes. She is a fighter for our underserved and overlooked students. She believes in public education and brings a wealth of knowledge to Tallahassee as a former School Board member. She is always advocating for Hispanic students, who often aren’t offered the resources they need to succeed in school, especially if they aren’t English proficient.
Valdes doesn’t back down from a fight. The fights she faces in the next session are for women’s rights, expanding healthcare, addressing climate change and making sure Florida’s economy works for those at the bottom as well as those at the top.
La Gaceta endorses Susan Valdes for State Representative District 64.
(to read more, buy a paper)

► State Representative
District 65
In this race, Karen Gonzalez Pittman is the GOP nominee and faces Democrat Jen McDonald.
Pittman is a third-generation Tampeña who runs public affairs for a chain of vein-treatment centers that her husband helps run. She has been involved in her kids’ schools’ PTAs. She’s a big Ron DeSantis supporter and wants to side with him in keeping Florida free.
We would like our Legislature to start acting like it was a separate branch of government instead of a cheer squad for the governor. We don’t think Pittman will offer a lot of independent thought on the issues in Tallahassee and instead pass whatever DeSantis wants.
Jen McDonald comes from a union family and owns her own business as an insurance agent. McDonald ran for County Commission in 2020 and has worked hard on the campaign trail to learn about our community and the issues. Florida has an insurance crisis and her experience and talent will be needed as we fight our way out of the quagmire. McDonald is smart, engaged and has a strong work ethic.
La Gaceta endorses Jen McDonald for State Representative District 65.(to read more, buy a paper)

► State Representative
District 67
This is an easy choice. Democratic incumbent Fentrice Driskell is a standout in the Democratic caucus and risen to be minority leader. She is a Harvard- and Georgetown-educated attorney. She is smart, studious and dedicated to public service. She is pushing for improved healthcare outcomes, common sense gun control, protecting voting rights and investing in our schools.
Driskell’s opponent, Lisette Bonano, is vague on the issues.
La Gaceta endorses Fentrice Driskell for State Representative District 67.(to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver and seemingly all-around bad guy Antonio Brown is back in the news.
You may recall last year when the truculent Buc wideout quit the team in the middle of a game by taking off his shirt, and leaving the stadium to head home, never to be seen again in pewter and white.
Brown has been in and out of the news for various reasons, which include: …(to read more, buy a paper)

From The Reasonable Standard, by Matt Newton

► Takomah Trail Park is a vibrant green oasis in the middle of my neighborhood. The park’s main attraction is a wooden, raised boardwalk over its wetlands, a scenic path that snakes to a hidden pond in the park’s rear. It is my neighborhood’s de facto town square, and it hosts various barbecues, kids’ birthday parties and family celebrations.
But such events cannot last very long as Takomah Trail Park does not have a bathroom. A sign announcing the lack of facilities reminds me every time I enter the park. To many, it serves as a warning to keep visits brief. For those with medical conditions necessitating facilities, it says “Do Not Enter.” It is not the best look. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From In Context, by Doris Weatherford

► When I was young, it was common for people to believe that there was no meaningful difference between political parties, that voting Democratic or Republican was the difference between “Tweedledee and Tweedledum.” Maybe that was true when moderates prevailed during the Eisenhower days of the Republican Party, but it hasn’t been true for a long time now — and that so many party leaders deny the reality of the last election is a tremendous danger for democracy. Although dozens of investigations and court cases found no fraud, a majority of Republican voters nonetheless tell pollsters they think that Trump was the real winner. This refusal to accept facts lays the groundwork for fascism: if we can’t accept the authenticated results of the ballot box, how can democracy prevail? …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Silhouettes, an interview with Tom Vann, by Tiffany Razzano

► As native Floridian Tom Vann prepares to make the move to Knoxville, Tennessee, where he’ll live with his daughter and her family, begining at the end of October, the 90-year-old reflects on a lifetime in the Tampa area.
He was born in a railroad section house in Durant, Florida in 1931. “That’s south of Turkey Creek, which is south of Plant City,” he said.
By the time he was 6 years old, he was picking strawberries to help with family expenses. “Back in the Depression, it was tough, and the kids had to work. We had to buy our school clothes myself,” he said. “All my family, the kids in the family – there were seven of us – were expected to work.” …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

► Es justo que se haya consagrado un mes a la celebración de la cultura hispana en Estados Unidos, no sólo porque es esta la de mayor presencia en la nación después de la anglosajona, en un país multicultural desde las raíces de la colonización europea, cuando a partir del siglo XVI suplantó por la fuerza a sus pueblos originarios.
La historia de Estados Unidos está vinculada a decenas de apellidos españoles, quienes fueron los primeros en adentrase en estas tierras. Si Juan Ponce de León dio nombre a Florida en 1513, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés funda San Agustín y García López de Cárdenas es el primer europeo que contempló embelesado el Gran Cañón de Colorado, en los siglos siguientes también nombres latinos aparecen en los principales acontecimientos que han marcado la evolución de esta tierra americana.
En la guerra de Independencia de Estados Unidos, fue decisiva para la victoria del Ejército de Washington la ayuda que recibió del español Bernardo de Gálvez. Después, en todas las campañas militares estadounidenses, fuera en la Guerra Civil, la Primera y Segunda Guerra Mundial y en otras contiendas, cientos de hispanos han combatido a favor de la bandera de las barras y las estrellas.
En el avance científico de Estados Unidos, aparecen reiteradamente nombres hispanos. El físico Luis Walter Álvarez, hijo de un español que vivió en Cuba, ganó en 1968 el Premio Nobel de Física “por sus contribuciones decisivas a la física de partículas elementales”; Baruj Benacerraf, quien nació en Venezuela, ganó el Premio Nobel de Medicina en 1980, viviendo en Estados Unidos; Chang Díaz, nacido en Costa Rica en 1950, viajó al espacio en el Space Shuttle de la NASA (1986) y participó después en varias misiones cosmonáuticas. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

► Por segundo año, The Straz Center enlazará algunas de las numerosas hebras que componen el dilatado tapiz de la cultura hispana sobre el escenario del Riverwalk, una vía peatonal a lo largo de la orilla este del río Hillsborough, con una parada justo afuera del susodicho centro escénico. Atractivas manifestaciones artísticas que honran la cálida zona geográfica que va desde las islas del Caribe hasta las regiones más meridionales de América del Sur estarán presentes en el espectáculo Noche de encanto, una celebración de la cultura hispana.
Con motivo de este evento, parte de la serie Arts Legacy REMIX, que se celebrará el viernes, 7 de octubre, de 7 a 9 p.m., establecimos un diálogo en forma de entrevista con Giovana Pérez-Oliveras, coordinadora de educación y participación comunitaria del Straz Center, el cual reproducimos a continuación.
¿Cuál es el objetivo de la programación Arts Legacy REMIX para el Straz Center y sus organizadores?
Arts Legacy REMIX fue creado con la comunidad de Tampa en mente. La diversidad en nuestra comunidad es inmensa y la forma en que se manifiesta en las artes es admirable. Nosotros no sólo nos enfocamos en celebrar dicha rica pluralidad en nuestro escenario, pero también en emplear esto como una oportunidad para educar a nuestra comunidad sobre las culturas que han dado origen a Tampa Bay. Eventos como estos nos unen y demuestran lo mucho que tenemos en común. Son espectáculos gratuitos al alcance de todos para que así todos sean bienvenidos a la celebración. …(to read more, buy a paper)

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