Graham, and family, steer ‘North Florida Way’

Published: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 09:20 PM.

She recalled how she was 15 years old when her father ran for governor, prompting a dinner table discussion where her young sister wailed that “But Mom, I don’t want to move to Tallahassee!”

“Don’t worry, Sissy,” replied Adele Graham. “Daddy’s not going to win.”

Bob Graham went on to 26 years of unbroken voter approval. “When Grahams run, Grahams win,” said Gwen Graham.

She recounted her campaign work over the last 16-plus months, and summarized a few agenda items under her campaign theme of “The North Florida Way.”

She said jobs, education and a focus on seniors will be her priorities, and that she will take what she has gleaned from meeting people with her to Washington.

“This is in my heart,” said Gwen Graham. “What’s in your best interest? It’s about the people who give you the honor to serve. We need to put aside the ugliness and negativity for one another. Once you get elected, you check that at the door.”

Graham closed with two stresses, essential to a campaign where fundraising totals, so far in the $2 million range each, are neck-and-neck, as are the polls. She urged her supporters to get out and vote, and she made a point of noting, three distinct times, that she would be “grateful for your vote.”

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