Florida House District 106 race: Passidomo vs. Bolduc

This is the fourth of a daily series of Q&A reports with the candidates in Collier and Lee counties, counting down to the Aug. 14 primary election.

The Florida House of Representatives District 106 primary on Aug. 14 pits incumbent Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, against Republican David Bolduc. Libertarian candidate Peter Richter will appear on the November ballot.

Representatives are elected to a two-year term.

All eligible Republicans in District 106 can cast votes. District 106 includes the southwest coastal corner of Collier County, mostly west of U.S. 41 and Livingston Road, including Naples, Marco Island, Pelican Bay and Moorings Park. It extends south to the Everglades airport.

This is the fourth in a series of reports about candidates on the Aug. 14 ballot.

Election 2012: David Bolduc

Candidate for Florida Legislature.

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David P. Bolduc

Born: May 30, 1968

How long you’ve lived in your county: Two years. We moved to Naples so our children could grow up closer to both sets of grandparents.

Education: Brown University, BA Business Economics, 1991; University of Western Ontario, exchange year to study international economics and free trade agreements, 1989-1990; Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA); CFA Institute, 2001

Family: Spouse Shelley, married 20 years; children Trevor, 11, and Colin, 9

Political affiliation: Republican

Current position: Bullion Management Group, precious metals asset management

Q. What is the first thing you would do if elected?

A. I would introduce legislation to nullify Obamacare in the State of Florida. Obamacare is the largest tax increase in history, and will be the biggest job killer of the 21st century. Healthcare is not authorized by the Constitution. As such, the Florida Legislature should declare Obamacare to be invalid, specifically rejected, and shall be considered null and void in this state. If so, we would join Oklahoma in the nullification fight against federally imposed socialism.

Q. What would you do to make your community a better place to live?

A. I would introduce legislation to charter a State Bank of Florida. Rather than deposit the state’s revenues with Wall Street banks, the state should deposit all revenues in the new bank, then partner with small Collier County banks to create an equivalent sum of loans to farmers, ranchers, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and municipalities. This proposal replaces tax dollars doled out by politicians, with newly created bank credit utilized by the free market to create jobs.

Q. What makes you the most qualified for this position?

A. I am the only candidate to identify the correct way we can pay off our national debt of $16 trillion. Since all money is created as a loan from the private Federal Reserve, if we paid down our debt to zero, we would have no money. Instead, Congress must stop borrowing money, have Treasury issue debt-free U.S. dollars to pay off the national debt, save $540 billion in annual interest, and not increase the money supply.

Q. What distinguishes you from your opponent?

A. With a national debt of $16 trillion, and the top 5 banks in the U.S. allowed to create $220 trillion of derivatives, the question is not, are we going to have another financial crisis, but rather, when will the next crisis hit? Given this, my economic proposals, such as the State Bank of Florida, are pro-active to protect Florida’s economy from the next financial crisis, where my opponent only reacts to skyrocketing unemployment and foreclosures.

Election 2012: Kathleen Passidomo

She's running for re-election.

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Kathleen C. Passidomo

Born: May 19, 1953

How long you’ve lived in your county: 33 years

Education: BA, Trinity University, Washington, D.C. (1975); JD, Stetson University College of Law (1978)

Family: Husband, John (married 33 years); daughters Catarina, Francesca and Gabriella

Political affiliation: Republican

Current position: Member, Florida House of Representatives and partner in the law firm Kelly, Passidomo & Alba, LLP

Q. What is the first thing you would do if elected?

A. Since the Legislature is required by the Florida Constitution to hold its organizational session within fourteen days after the election, I will travel to Tallahassee to consult with the speaker about how I can help advance an agenda of job growth and educational excellence in our schools and meet with House leadership to begin to put together an outline of work I expect to do in my committees over the ensuing two years.

Q. What would you do to make your community a better place to live?

A. Collier County is a unique and special place that is already a great place to live. As a state legislator I will ensure that our community is a great place to work and prosper post-recession by continuing to advocate for lower taxes, better public education and more government accountability. Additionally, I will continue giving back to my community through the various groups and organizations in which I have been involved over the past 33 years.

Q. What makes you the most qualified for this position?

A. As a business and community leader who has been involved in dozens of civic and professional endeavors over the years and also having served two years in the Florida House of Representatives, I have the experience and legal expertise necessary to work with our governor and my colleagues in the Legislature to effectively create legislation that will reduce government spending, reduce taxes and regulations, revamp our education system and get Floridians back to work.

Q. What distinguishes you from your opponent?

A. I have a proven record of leadership. In Tallahassee, I’ve worked diligently to cut government spending, balance the budget while lowering taxes and reducing burdensome regulations on small businesses and restoring Florida’s AAA bond rating. A lifetime of civic service in Collier County has afforded me the opportunity to engage with people from all over our community, to understand issues important to them, and to serve only their interests in the legislature.

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