Good morning! I hope all of you had a great weekend!
I’m excited to present the next segment in our election year interview series. Today, we speak to Marine Veteran Jorge Bonilla, who’s currently running for Congress in Florida’s 9th district. Bonilla is hoping he will be the GOP challenger to take on controversial incumbent Alan Grayson in November. He’s been campaigning aggressively, and has done very well during debates held so far this election season.
Bonilla took some time to talk answer some questions about his campaign and vision for the 9th district. Please have a read below.
FT: Mr. Bonilla, thank you very much for taking the time to interview. How is the campaign going and what is the main concern you’re hearing from district 9 voters?
Jorge Bonilla: First of all, Frank, many thanks for the opportunity to share our vision with the community. The campaign is going great. We are winning debates, straw polls and hob nobs, raising money, and connecting directly with our voters. The main concern I hear from voters encompasses the actions of this administration over the past few years, and over the sort of country that our children will inherit if we do not take meaningful action to address our debt and deficits, and to restore American opportunity for all.
FT: A part of your campaign message is “Securing America’s Future”.
Can you describe that vision to the readers? And how is Washington not doing that now?
Bonilla: “Securing America’s Future” means that we fight for a fairer, simpler, and flatter tax code, that we eliminate regulatory burdens that stifle private-sector job creation, that we enact reforms which will address our debt (both sovereign and structural) as well as our deficits, and that we take actions that ensure true American energy independence- all within a framework of respect for individual freedom and for the free market. These actions will, in turn, spur the kind of private-sector job creation that will address our structural unemployment problems, and will break cycles of poverty for millions of Americans. Unfortunately, Washington is its own place, and these reform ideas don’t always seem to resonate. This particular Congressional seat is a sledgehammer with which I am confident that we can deliver meaningful change.
FT: You’re currently running in a GOP primary. Why should Republicans in the 9th vote for you?
Bonilla: At every debate and town hall forum, I have answered that question with both clarity and conviction. Republican voters throughout our district, upon hearing each of the candidates and upon researching our positions and backgrounds, and scrutinizing our command of the issues at various events, have determined that I alone have the steel to engage and defeat Alan Grayson. And make no mistake, that is what this primary is all about.
FT: The winner of this primary will have to run against one of the most controversial figures in American Politics Alan Grayson. He’s brutal and will do whatever it takes to win. What’s your message to the voters in a a campaign against someone like him?
Bonilla: I will offer our voters something that Alan Grayson can not: Authentic representation, from within the community, that will not embarrass them in D.C. or anywhere else. Grayson will pay a price for focusing on legislative point-scoring in lieu of job creation, and his tactics won’t save him this time.
FT: I always like to end my interviews on a positive note. What is the one accomplishment in your life that you’re most proud of?
Bonilla: All my previous accomplishments pale in comparison to the fact that my wife and I are now raising two precious boys. Nothing we do before or after will ever be more important than that.
I’d like to thank Mr. Bonilla for interviewing. The other candidates in the 9th’s GOP primary include Realtor Association Executive Carol Platt, and Businessman Peter Vivaldi. Platt interviewed last week and Vivaldi has accepted my invitation, and his segment will be up in the near future.
As always, if you’re running for office, I want to talk to you! Don’t hesitate to contact me! Have a great day!