David Holden addresses the SWFL People’s Climate March: “We have to act together” — The Holden Update

The Holden Update

David Holden addresses the SWFL People’s Climate March: “We have to act together”

David Holden speaking to voters at the SWFL People’s Climate March in Centennial Park. “The last ten years were the hottest in recorded history. Climate change is real, it is happening before our eyes, and it threatens our way of life in #SWFL,” Holden later tweeted.

On Sept. 8, David Holden, Democratic nominee for Florida’s 19th Congressional District, addressed marchers at Fort Myer’s Climate March, protesting environmental conditions in Southwest Florida. The local march was part of a nationwide day of demonstrations protesting environmental neglect and pollution.

“We know that there’s a problem in Southwest Florida with our environment, with our water and our air,” said Holden. “All you have to do is walk to the shore, along the canals in Cape Coral, anywhere there’s water, and we know. But Francis Rooney doesn’t know because Francis Rooney isn’t here. Has anyone seen him this summer? I haven’t—and I’ve been working!

“So we have an opportunity this year, not just to elect a Democrat to Congress but to make sure we change the priorities of this government and this nation towards clean water and clean air and sustainability because that’s simply not happening under this administration,” Holden said.

“I had a woman in Fort Myers Beach crying in my arms because working two jobs, she can’t pay her bills. She has her own business and she works in restaurants and she can’t get enough work because the tourist season this summer has collapsed and she’s scared for her future and the future of her family. We have to do something about that and we can do something about that. And I promise you that in January, when I have the privilege of serving in Congress with Mary Barzee Flores, who will be representing the 25th District, that together that the priorities of this district and every American, simply put, will be to be able to breathe, to be able to go to the water and drink it without fear for our health and our eyes, to ensure that our children and their children have the environment we were given. That’s going to be our first priority and we will do that together with your help.”

To watch David Holden’s speech, click here.

Attendees of the SWFL People’s Climate March gather for a group photo.

In Memoriam, 9/11

Steve Bonano (1962-2015)

Statement by David Holden, Democratic nominee for Florida’s 19th Congressional District:

The anniversary of 9/11 brought to mind the memory of my classmate and friend Steve Bonano. Steve was a decorated New York Police Department (NYPD) officer who worked tirelessly at Ground Zero and later paid the price of service with his life.

Steve rose through the ranks of the NYPD from a foot patrolman to deputy chief of the entire force. He was the first Hispanic officer to command the Emergency Service Unit, one of the agency’s most elite divisions. On 9/11 and afterwards, he worked Ground Zero.

I met Steve in 2008 when we both pursued our master’s degrees at the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University. The work was intense, but Steve always had a smile and a sense of ease that helped me relax when the heat was on. He was one of the finest men I’ve known — all who knew him, miss him.

On January 17, 2015, Steve died of a rare, lethal form of cancer that doctors confirmed he contracted as a result of his work at Ground Zero. He was only 53 years old.

Steve’s life and career were monuments to the work of all our first responders. It was one reason I was so honored to march in the Parade of Heroes in Cape Coral last Saturday.

I want to personally thank all first responders for their service and the work that they do. We must care for all 9/11 responders for as long as it takes and support all who serve and protect us every day.


Upcoming events
Save the Water: presented by Pine Island ROAR 

The ongoing harmful algae blooms and associated water quality is severely damaging the Southwest Florida way of life and the habitats upon which our economy and wildlife depend. Action by the state is necessary now to reduce the amount of nutrients flowing into our waterways and send more water safely south to the Everglades. David will join the residents of Pine Island, Matlacha, Cape Coral, and neighboring communities as they join together again for the Save Our Water protest on Matlacha Bridge this Saturday.

Who: David Holden and Pine Island ROAR members
What: Residents of SWFL rally for clean water
Where: Matlacha bridge, Pine Island Rd, Matlacha, FL 33993
When: 11:00 a.m. – Noon, Saturday, Sep. 15
Contact: pineislandroar@yahoo.com


From the Campaign Trail

David Holden participates in the Parade For Heroes in Cape Coral, Sept. 8, in honor of first responders. “To all of our brave first responders and emergency workers in #SWFL and around the country who put their lives on the line day-in and day-out, thank you for all that you do!” Holden later tweeted.
Volunteers gather at the Parade For Heroes on Saturday, Sep. 8.

David Holden with a couple of concerned future voters at the SWFL People’s Climate March on Saturday, Sep. 8.

David Holden and Mary Barzee-Flores, Democratic candidate in Florida’s 25th Congressional District, after both spoke at the People’s Climate March at Centennial Park in Fort Myers.
– Photos by Zack Rothman

Why I’m with David: Campaign volunteers share their experiences

This week: Bob Beulow

I remain committed to electing David Holden as my U.S. Representative in Florida’s 19th Congressional District. Holden has promised to press for improved background checks, closing of gun-show loopholes and outlawing assault-style, high-velocity, semi-automatic weapons and the bump stocks that convert them to fully automatic machine guns.

U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney and his GOP colleague, Sen. Marco Rubio, have been unable to convince their Republican colleagues to pass any meaningful legislation to solve this national problem. With control of the White House, Congress and a favorable majority on the Supreme Court, Republicans own this. Other than dismantling the nation’s safety nets, eroding our health care system and expanding our nation’s debt by at least $1.5 trillion, what have they accomplished to help middle-class workers in America? Nothing.

Want to share your story telling us why you’re working for David Holden for Congress? Send an email with subject line “Volunteer testimonial” and no more than two paragraphs to DSilverberg@Holden2018.com.


Volunteer with Team Holden
Team Holden is seeking volunteers to assist in the critical areas of canvassing, phone-banking, and research. Opportunities are available at both our Cape Coral and Naples offices. If you are interested in joining our team, please visit our volunteer signup page by clicking HERE.