Jeff Boone seeks ‘supply-side Democrat’ path in crowded CD 10 primary

Along with two former congressmen, a popular state senator, a relentless Gen-Z activist and five other Democratic primary opponents, the Democrat Jeff Boon takes the supply-side economy route in Florida’s 10th congressional district.

Boone, from Orlando, is a financial executive, former Wall Street banker and lifelong community volunteer and youth sports coach. Before coming to Orlando in 2000, he cut his teeth in New York City politics, serving as an appointed mayor on the Manhattan Community Planning Board.

“I’m focused on the economy, the kitchen table concerns of keeping Orlando prosperous and financially viable for everyone from small businesses to large corporations moving here,” Boone said.

Boone is committed to fostering ways to get business and government to work together to solve the kind of acute and chronic economic problems that many Floridians face. That would involve tax incentives for small businesses, minority and women-owned businesses, and for those who want to relocate, especially to places like Pine Hills, which he says is a food wasteland.

“I guess I could almost call myself a supply-side Democrat in terms of finding ways to stimulate the economy through supply-side,” Boone said. “What hurt us was the supply chain, and the fact that we have less supply and the price is going up. Supply and demand, if you have less, the prices go up.

Even with his limited campaign resources compared to many of his opponents, Boone says he’s not intimidated running against more high-profile candidates such as former U.S. Representatives. Corrine Brown and Alan Graysonsays the senator. Randolph Bracy and activist Maxwell Alejandro Frost. Other Democrats running include Jack Achenbachthe Rev. Terence Graycivil rights lawyer Natalie Jacksonbanker Khalid Muneer and teacher Therese Tachon.

“I continue to get my message across. I am in the street. I am in every room. I’m at every caucus,” Boone said.

In a few joint appearances, such as a recent debate moderated by WESH-2 TV, Boone took them straight. He sued Bracy for the lack of economic development success in poorer neighborhoods in his Senate district and for his votes on gun control bills. He questioned Frost’s “lack of real-life experience” and his large flow of campaign money from out-of-state contributors.

“It’s starting to get traction right now. And it starts to empower others like me to be able to tell our stories and what we can do with communities,” Boone said.

“Everyone brings different kinds of experience, but mine is real-life experience,” he added. “My wife and I — we’ve been married for 32 years — we came from Harlem and Brooklyn and worked our way up. No silver spoons. We were born with brown spoons.

He and the other nine Democrats are fighting for an open seat in CD 10.

There are four Republicans and two independents also in the running, but Orange County’s northern district was drawn with a strong Democratic slant in the electoral base.

The seat is open as the Democratic representative of the United States. Val Demings is running for the US Senate.

With redistrictingCD 10 is a much more diverse district than the district that elected Demings three times, or what was once Florida’s 5th congressional district, which elected Brown.

The new CD 10 includes many, but not all, western suburbs of Orlando; the majority black communities of Pine Hills, Parramore and Eatonville; downtown Orlando and the trendy urban neighborhoods near College Park, Thornton Park, Baldwin Park and Colonialtown; the former suburbs of Maitland and Winter Park; the predominantly Hispanic eastern Orange County communities of Goldenrod, Azalea Park, and Union Park; the University of Central Florida area; and much of the more rural eastern end of Orange County.

Boone said he would strive to reach out to businesses in the district if he wins the House seat.

“One of the things I’m suggesting to the chambers is to set up a council with representatives from each chamber of commerce, as well as a separate council from the caucuses,” Boone explained.

“So as a representative in Congress, I meet with them once a month, making sure we’re addressing economic needs on the House side, making sure we’re representing social needs and people, on the House side. huddle.”

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