Florida's 3rd Congressional District

Published On: Jul 23 2012 09:49:07 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 07 2012 09:04:54 PM EDT

The year began with four Republicans, a Democrat, a candidate with no party affiliation and two write-in candidates vying for Florida's redrawn and re-branded 3rd Congressional District. 

Eleven-term incumbent Cliff Stearns was upset by Gainesville veterinarian Ted Yoho in the Republican primary in the district that was moved a little further toward west and south in redistricting earlier this year.  The district no longer covers Jacksonville's Westside or Baker County. The new district picks up most of Clay and Bradford counties and includes Columbia and Union counties, then stretches to the southwest and the Gulf of Mexico.

Scroll down and read about Yoho, along with Democrat J.R. Gaillot and independent Philip Dodds, who will be on the ballot in the November General Election.

Philip Dodds


PARTY: No party affiliation

RESIDENCE: Alachua

AGE: 39

FAMILY: Married; Three children

OCCUPATION: Software product manager; small business owner

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science in mathematics, minor in physics from the University of Florida

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE:  None; worked in private industry

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE TOP THREE ISSUES IN THIS RACE?

  1. "If you solve the corruption, the other two become much easier to resolve.
  2. "I am an independent candidate who will propose solutions that are WIN/WIN as much as possible. The political parties create simplistic solutions aimed at tearing down the other party; independents are free to take positions that best represent their constituents.
  3. "I am running to be a Direct Representative. My opinion will not matter. Nor will the demands of special interests matter. North Florida voters will decide and direct my vote."

HOW CAN YOU HELP VOTERS IN A WAY THAT OTHERS RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE CANNOT?

WHAT WOULD YOU HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR ACCOMPLISHING AFTER SERVING IN THIS OFFICE?

CAMPAIGN WEBSITE:  PhilDoddsForCongress.com
SOCIAL MEDIA:  Facebook.com/phildoddsforcongress | @PhilDodds2012

Ted Yoho


PARTY: Republican

RESIDENCE: Gainesville

AGE:  57

FAMILY:  Wife of 37 years, Carolyn; 3 three grown children: Katie, Lauren and Tyler

OCCUPATION:  Large animal veterinarian and conservative businessman

EDUCATION:  Bachelor's and doctorate of veterinary medicine from University of Florida

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE:  N/A

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE TOP THREE ISSUES IN THIS RACE?

  1. "Economy and cutting down rules, regulations and mandates: The rules, regulations and mandates are killing businesses and families all over the Country. Government has created a climate of confusion where in reality they should be creating an environment of certainty. We can jump start the economy by getting rid of the over-burdensome regulations which will help create jobs. An example of this is Obamacare. A supporter of ours has 300 employees. When he sat down with his senior staff and a representative from the government to find out what impact Obamacare would have on his business, he realized that he could not hire the additional 100 employees he needed because Obamacare was going to cost him approximately $200 a month per employee which translated to $60,000 additional each month. It's this kind of legislation that is killing our economy and our jobs. If we take a common sense approach to government, we can get our economy going again.
  2. "Getting back to our founding principles, core values and the Constitution: We are obviously on the wrong track in our Nation. With government growing bigger everyday, we are seeing the erosion of our liberties and freedoms. Before any more legislation is passed, the question needs to be asked, "Is it Constitutional?" We must get back to the basics.
  3. "Simplifying our tax code: I am a proponent of the Fair Tax. As a veterinarian, I have dealt with many of this regions farmers and ranchers and the inheritance tax is a big issue for them as it prohibits them from passing the family farms to the next generation. The corporate and captial gains tax are killing businesses large and small which in turn are hurting families because much of those taxes get passed along to the consumer. By building a coalition of like-minded Representatives, we can pass the Fair Tax and bring some certainty to the market. It's based on consumption and is thus fair. Finally, the government cannot use our tax system to divide our nation by inciting class warfare."

HOW CAN YOU HELP VOTERS IN A WAY THAT OTHERS RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE CANNOT?

WHAT WOULD YOU HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR ACCOMPLISHING AFTER SERVING IN THIS OFFICE?

CAMPAIGN WEBSITE:  TedYoho.com
SOCIAL MEDIA:  Facebook.com/tedyohoforcongress | @TedYoho
MORE ONLINE:  Associated Press profile of Ted Yoho | Campaign finances

J.R. Gaillot


PARTY:  Democratic

RESIDENCE: Fleming Island

AGE: 43

FAMILY: Three Children

OCCUPATION: Consultant

EDUCATION: B.A., University of Hartford

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE:  None

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE TOP THREE ISSUES IN THIS RACE?

  1. "Jobs and the Economy
  2. "Protecting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security
  3. "Protecting and Ensuring Equal Rights for Women"


HOW CAN YOU HELP VOTERS IN A WAY THAT OTHERS RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE CANNOT?


WHAT WOULD YOU HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR ACCOMPLISHING AFTER SERVING IN THIS OFFICE?


CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: JRGaillot.com
SOCIAL MEDIA:  Facebook/JRforCongress | @JRGaillot
MORE ONLINE: Associated Press profile of J.R. Gaillot | Campaign finances

Qualified write-in candidates in the 3rd Congressional District: