Severe weather didn’t keep supporters of Congressman Darren Soto away on Wednesday night, as the Representative from Florida’s 9th District officially kicked off his reelection campaign near downtown Orlando.
After being introduced by Orange County Soil and Water Conservation Chair Eric Rollings, Soto reflected on his time serving in Congress over the past few months and the work he’s been trying to achieve, including securing funds for another Hurricane Hunter Aircraft, just as the Hurricane season officially kicks off in Florida and more funding to prevent the Zika virus.
“Bipartisan issues that we’re happy to help get done. That’s really been one of the solutions.” said Soto.
White House policy has kept the Congressman busy as he’s tried to coalition build on several issues that look to counteract many of President Donald Trump initiatives including town halls on immigration, the environment, and LGBT issues with members of the community that have been effected by the President’s decisions.
During his remarks Soto addressed the possibility Trump could pull the U.S out of the Paris Climate Change Accords.
“We saw today, it looks like America is taking a step back from leadership.” said Soto “We’ve traditionally lead on these issues. One of the things we need to continue to believe is that making American great and keeping it great is leadership at home and abroad.”
Soto will be favored for reelection in the left leaning 9th district, but the contest could be more competitive than last year’s race, with Republicans typically turning out in higher numbers than Democrats during mid terms.
Two Republicans have already filed to run including Wayne Liebnitzsky and Sean Buchan. Soto’s Democratic successor, Alan Grayson also hasn’t ruled out a run after losing his bid for Senate last year.