Florida House District 105 race: Crespo vs. Trujillo

This is the fifth 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 105 primary on Aug. 14 pits Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami, against Republican Paul Crespo.

Rep. Joseph Gibbons, D-Hallandale Beach, who currently represents District 105, is not seeking reelection. District boundaries have changed this year, edging in a portion of Trujillo’s current District 116, as well as parts of Golden Gate and eastern Collier County.

Representatives are elected to a two-year term.

All eligible Republican voters in District 105, which includes parts of Collier, Broward and Miami-Dade counties, can cast votes. The winner will face write-in candidate Raul Rene Robayna in the November general election.

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

Election 2012: Paul Crespo

Candidate for Florida House Dist. 105.

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Paul Crespo

Born: June 1964

How long you’ve live in your county: 20 years South Florida resident

Education: M.Phil., International Relations, Cambridge University; M.A. War Studies, Kings College, University of London; B.S.F.S., International Politics, Georgetown University

Family: Family fled communist Cuba in early 1960s. We know the value and fragility of freedom. Father was an attorney - now deceased. Mother was a CPA, sister is married to an attorney and is a stay at home mom, all live in South Florida near me. Have extended family throughout South Florida.

Political affiliation: Conservative Republican

Current position: Self employed public policy consultant

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

A. Push for insurance reform to cut property insurance rates, as well as promote efforts to cut property taxes. Fight to mitigate my opponent’s vote to raise our insurance rates.

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

A. Promote reforms and free market competition to stimulate economic growth, create jobs and increase our tax base so we can improve our infrastructure and essential services. Represent us in Tallahassee, not the other way around, and make sure our community receives its proper share of state resources.

Also block Obamacare in Florida by promoting private sector solutions at the state level.

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

A. My maturity and experience — and proven record of service. Combination of military, business and non-profit experience, education and demonstrated commitment to our country and community. Captain, US Marine Corps., served 12 years worldwide as artillery officer, intelligence officer and military attaché (diplomat) at U.S. embassies. Taught political science as adjunct professor at University of Miami. Was sole conservative voice on The Miami Herald editorial board. Conservative radio talk show host and commentator on TV.

Q. What distinguishes you from your opponent?

A. I’m not an incumbent or career politician. I have a wide range of real world experience, military and diplomatic service, business experience, and years of service to South Florida, the Republican Party and the conservative cause. I have been fighting for our country and community for two decades. I’m not tied to powerful Tallahassee lobbyists or special interests from Northern and Central Florida. I’m committed to representing South Florida. I know Collier County well.

Election 2012: Carlos Trujillo

Candidate for Florida House Dist. 105.

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Carlos Trujillo

Born: February 25, 1983

How long you’ve lived in your county: 23 years

Education: High school, Belen Jesuit Preparatory School 2001, Bachelors degrees, Spring Hill College 2004, Juris Doctor, Florida State University 2007

Family: Wife, Carmen Mir; children, Carlos Manuel and Isabella Alba

Political affiliation: Republican

Current position: State representative (District 116)

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

A. Balance the budget.

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

A. As a state representative the past two years, I have worked diligently to reduce the tax burden on working families, increase education funding and reduce unemployment by supporting initiatives that have contributed to the well being of our community. As I have done throughout my first term, I would continue to sponsor and support legislation that promotes the well being of our youth, protects the safety of our community and seeks to stimulate economic growth.

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

A. I have been honored to serve in the House of Representatives since 2010. The Legislature has since enacted common sense solutions to reducing the unemployment rate from 11.2 percent in November of 2010 to 8.6 percent as of May 2012, increased education funding by $1 billion, and increased the effectiveness of state government. Serving on a variety of House committees and subcommittees ranging from Business and Consumer Affairs to Higher Education has provided me with valuable experience in serving District 116 residents.

Q. What distinguishes you from your opponent?

Editor’s note — Trujillo declined to answer this question, which he felt he satisfied with his response to the previous question.

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