Holden Update – Aug 15 – Early Voting begins Saturday! Join David at the polls

The Holden Update

Newsletter #39

News and Information for Voters of the 19th Congressional District
Cape Coral, Sanibel, Captiva, Fort Myers, Estero, Bonita Springs, Naples, Marco Island, Pine Island

It’s time to vote! 

Early Voting begins Saturday.

Cast your ballot for David Holden at your nearest Early Voting location. Early Voting runs from August 18-25, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day.Lee County voters can find their nearest location by clicking here.
Collier County voters can find their nearest location by clicking here.

Questions about voting or need help getting to the polls? Call the Holden campaign office at (239) 273-1305 in Naples or (239) 273-7303 in Cape Coral.

“I want to welcome everyone to the 2018 primary. Your participation is vital to making our democracy work. With your vote, we can make Southwest Florida and all of America a better place to live.”

Tidal Town Hall in Naples

– Photo by Zack Rothman

“Southwest Floridians need to prepare for sea level rise and the effects of climate change,” David Holden, Democratic candidate for Congress in Florida’s 19th Congressional District, told attendees at a Tidal Town Hall in Naples on Aug. 14. The event was part of town halls throughout Florida addressing the issue of sea level rise.

Asked what can be done, Holden responded:

“Number one; let’s acknowledge that climate change is real. We have a federal government that denies that climate change is real. In addition to that, we’ve had eight years of that in Florida under Governor Scott and we have scrubbed climate science from the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency]. Francis Rooney and the Republicans have undone decades of climate protections and funding for the EPA and other organizations.

“Number two, we can insist, with a Democratic House and maybe a Senate, that climate change and sea level rise be taken into account for all federal agency planning.

“And three, a Democratic Congress can ensure a steady stream of funding to research and try to implement climate change solutions and sea level rise solutions.

“Climate change is real and science is real but it doesn’t fit the ideological agenda of this administration or Francis Rooney. So we have to support science and we have to follow that science wherever it leads us. And this is not how it needs to be. In the 60s and 70s, it was Republicans and Democrats working together to bring the legislation forward that was signed by Republican President Richard Nixon on the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act and the creation of the EPA. But we have to break down the silos, we cannot be reactive when they assault science; we have to be strongly supportive of science and scientists at every level and as a member of Congress I will be fighting for that every day.”

Hands Along the Water

On Sunday, Aug. 12, David Holden, Democratic candidate for Congress in Florida’s 19th Congressional District, joined hundreds of his fellow Floridians on Fort Myers Beach to show his commitment to improving the state of Southwest Florida’s waters and beaches.

“It was a great way to show our concern and determination to protect our natural environment,” said Holden. “Southwest Florida is standing up and demanding change!”

Hundreds gather on Fort Myers Beach to show unity in the fight for the restoration of our beaches and waterways.
– Photo by Zack Rothman

Upcoming Events

Collier County Day of Action

Who: David Holden and team

What: Join us for a day of action as we celebrate the start of early voting by knocking on doors and calling voters.

When: Saturday, Aug. 18, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Collier Headquarters, 801 Anchor Rode Drive, Suite 300, Naples, FL 34103

Refreshments will be provided. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing.


Cape Coral Early Vote Rally

Who: David Holden and team

What: Gather everyone you know and VOTE EARLY! Voting will be followed by canvassing.

When: Saturday, Aug. 18, 3:00 p.m.

Where: Cape Coral – Lee County Library
921 SW 39th Ter, Cape Coral FL 33914


Bonita Springs Town Hall

Who: David Holden

What: Town Hall

Where: Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave, Bonita Springs, FL 34135

When: 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 21

Primary Election Watch Party

Who: David Holden

What: Primary Election Watch Party

Where: Landsdowne Street Pub24851 S Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs, FL 34134

When: 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 28

From the Campaign Trail

David Holden addresses the congregation at St. Peter the Apostle Haitian Catholic on Sunday, Aug. 12. “It was a privilege to address St. Peter the Apostle Church. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. We must ensure that TPS recipients, who bring their strengths and their desire for a better life, have the opportunity to become Americans,” Holden later tweeted.
David and Streeter Holden talk with a voter after the service.
The Lee County Women’s Democratic Club welcomed David Holden at its monthly meeting on Aug. 11. “We have to organize. We have to stay energized. And we have to vote,” Holden said to the audience.
David Holden poses for a group photo with members of the SWFL Chapter of AFL-CIO in celebration of the 83rd anniversary of the Social Security Act being signed into law by FDR.
– Photos by Zack Rothman

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

This week: Carol Montgomery

Here are a few reasons I support David Holden: Holden believes it’s time to move beyond partisanship. The incumbent, Frances Rooney, is a conservative Republican who votes consistently (97 percent of the time) with the Trump agenda.

Rooney believes in reducing our national debt but voted for tax cuts for the wealthy that may endanger Medicare and Medicaid. Holden believes in responsible taxation that will protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Rooney believes it’s time to repeal and replace Obamacare but our Republican Congress has weakened Obamacare with no replacement in sight. Holden believes that Obamacare is a sound law with some weaknesses that can be corrected.

Vote for David Holden in the Aug. 28 primary and the Nov. 6 election.

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. We’re less than three weeks from the primary election! 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.

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