Florida’s 4th Congressional District

Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. John Rutherford is going through a main problem from Erick Aguilar and Democratic challenger Donna Deegan and a write-in candidate in November.

Scroll right down to learn every candidate’s responses to News4Jax’s questionnaire, introduced verbatim as submitted.


John Rutherford

Get together affiliation: Republican

Marketing campaign web site:

This candidate has not but responded to our questionnaire.

Erick Aguilar

Get together affiliation: Republican

Age: 45

Candidate’s household: Sunddip, Javier, Esperanza, Aria, Sihana, and Nieam

Occupation: Retired Navy, Present Professor

Schooling: Bachelor of Science (BS) in Laptop Data Programs, Saint Leo College, 2001: Grasp of Arts in Enterprise Administration (MBA), Saint Leo College, 2005; Physician of Administration (DM) in Organizational Management, College of Phoenix, 2009: Grasp of Arts (MA) in Historical past, College of Nebraska, 2015: Graduate Certificates in Data Safety Administration, Saint Leo College, 2016

Political expertise: None

What do you see as the highest three points on this race?

  • Economic system, schooling, public security/army

How are you going to assist voters in a method that others working for this workplace can not?

I imagine in serving others greater than myself: SERVICE ABOVE SELF! There may be an excessive amount of work to be accomplished in authorities for the folks. There was an excessive amount of gridlock in legal guidelines and this has not met the wants of the folks. Now we have turned over to a brand new decade, not sufficient has been completed to focus to enhance the lives of our households. Within the 2020s, we deserve a Congress that can work for the folks, and that’s what our workforce intends to do. There may be an excessive amount of squabbling in Congress and never a laser concentrate on households that the victims of this battle are our households. The agenda to work for the district is:

ο Schooling (in each space together with trainer pay help and faculty upkeep) ο Small enterprise help ο Retirement ο Reasonably priced Healthcare ο High quality Housing ο Transportation ο Economic system / Employment ο Wholesome Meals and Drugs ο Safety and Security of our Kids ο Gratifying setting ο Secure neighborhoods ο Present oversight of analysis labs to forestall future pandemics

Some objects we’ll accomplish for Veterans and Energetic Obligation:

1. Construct a VA Hospital in Northeast FL 2. Develop a Veterans Group Heart 3. Enhance VA and Army Healthcare processes and Manpower for optimum service 4. Enhance Army Housing 5. Improve Army Pay and Retirement 6. Wise personnel rotation techniques 7. State-of-the-art army warfighting assets 8. Enhance transitioning processes

In these areas, we want extra help that can work for folks to totally observe a path within the pursuit of happiness, as our founding fathers foresaw. Not sufficient has been completed to focus to enhance the lives of our households, but, a 24 TRILLION DOLLAR debt has been gathered because the flip of the century with a pathway to extend additional. Our workforce will current sturdy management to beat these challenges to create processes and laws that FULLY work for our households whereas lowering our nationwide debt. We’re laser targeted to discover a pathway to keep away from being economically submissive to different international entities: independence, not dependence. The 2020s would be the “Age of Accountability” for elected leaders to truly assist the folks they symbolize with practical and sensible measures.

What would you hope to be remembered for engaging in after serving on this workplace?

I hope to be remembered that there was motion taken to help our households and good hearted folks would resolve to serve in future workplaces. I’d additionally hope extra Veterans would step as much as run for workplace, as they’ve the guts of service above self, than deepening their pockets. By the point we’re accomplished in workplace, tough communities, and any group will obtain the precise help they want to be able to elevate their communities to a greater tomorrow. Too lengthy have tough communities been uncared for and in addition used as political pawns for elections. We will probably be recognized for maintaining the push to supply help and engagement to help communities, we lead from the entrance! Our workforce is concentrated to help lower- and middle-income households and we hope to energise elected officers to observe swimsuit, do the fitting factor! We hope to energise extra of our youthful generations to be have interaction and be productive members in society with aspirations to run for workplace to serve the communities with honor, braveness, and dedication.

If elected how would you deal with the requires racial justice?

I’ll first add my bio to reply to this query: I used to be born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras in 1975. On the age of seven (1982), my household moved to Brooklyn, NY within the East New York neighborhood space. It was a difficult time for me and my household rising up within the “tough” space of Brooklyn throughout the undesirable epidemic of medicine and crime, schooling and financial disaster, and lack of public belief. But, I overcame the struggles and took on these classes to pursue a greater life. Ultimately, I used to be accepted to John Jay Excessive College with the intention to be a lawyer sooner or later. Sadly, there have been some obstacles that the pressures of the social setting overcame my objective that I barely graduated from John Jay Excessive College. Throughout Excessive College, I used to be working part-time at a supply service firm delivering letters and packages after college from Midtown to Downtown Manhattan.

After Excessive College, I used to be coaching to be an automotive technician, and graduated from Apex Technical College in 1995. I interviewed for a lot of jobs within the automotive subject with no luck. Throughout my search, I labored part-time at a quick meals pasta restaurant on the Manhattan Mall as a meals supply particular person. As I continued my job search whereas working, I discovered that the U.S. Navy was recruiting for aviation upkeep. My household was not recognized for any army service, however ever since I might converse English, in a position to learn and perceive the tradition of the US, I didn’t shun the concept of becoming a member of the U.S. army. I did speak in regards to the U.S. army service brazenly throughout my Excessive College years with my buddies to hitch the U.S. Military. I’m a agency believer that God has a plan for everybody with an necessary path. In my life, the indicators led to becoming a member of the usmilitary, and I selected to hitch the U.S. Navy with no nautical expertise.

On April 8, 1996, my journey in becoming a member of the MOST highly effective naval power ever created had began. This journey modified my life DRAMATICALLY! I served my nation proudly all around the world on 5 totally different continents. I by no means declined an invite to defend my nation world wide. I joined difficult deployments within the Persian Gulf throughout Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, encountering and deterring Somali Pirates, defending the ocean lanes within the fifth fleet space, ahead deployed within the Asia sea lanes, and different missions which might be extra confidential. In 2016, I, Chief Petty Officer (AW/SW) Erick Javier Aguilar retired after 20 years of naval service serving PROUDLY with Honor, Braveness, and Dedication. Whereas serving within the U.S. Navy, I led Sailors in aviation administration, expertise, logistics, and financial administration operations. I earned quite a few army awards and decorations for valiant and devoted service. I’m ever grateful for the chance to serve for the folks of the US to defend the dear freedoms this nice nation continues to supply to its folks.

I’ve been educating in increased studying for 14 years on the bachelor, grasp, and doctoral ranges. I train a number of focus areas in enterprise, expertise, and historical past, carried out skilled growth coaching, and enterprise enhancement workshops. Supplied subject material skilled data to develop management, enterprise, mission administration, cybersecurity, pc expertise, U.S. and World historical past, and advertising and marketing curriculum. Served as a Personal Marketing consultant to supply mentorship and training to academic and enterprise leaders in organizational tradition, operational administration, finance, investments, expertise, and productiveness. Moreover, I’m a inventory dealer and supply steering on rising markets.

With so many accomplishments in my life that in actuality, it was not statistically attainable for me to perform rather a lot whereas rising up in a tough group that drowns the considered prosperity. What I’ve discovered is that publicity of different productive measures is vital to realizing what one can select to perform. Was it racial injustice the place I grew up in Brooklyn, NY or a decrease earnings space that there are some folks maintaining one another down? There are a number of objects that affect an setting to trigger poor behaviors and what our workforce will focus is on what are the basis issues inside communities. We’ll establish, consider, present options, fund for implementation, and monitor its success. For my part, the race struggle was over way back, however there are those who wish to preserve it alive for their very own revenue, but harm others with out regret. I’ve seen this repeatedly dwelling in Brooklyn, NY and round Jacksonville since 2000. Fixing our tough communities is likely one of the causes I made a decision to run for this workplace, as there isn’t a conviction and effectiveness by elected leaders to truly repair these issues. There may be an excessive amount of speak, with little motion, and our regulation enforcement and communities are the victims from poor elected management. We will probably be engaged with communities and their leaders to additional perceive what they’ll want help with and act to develop our futures collectively! My promise to the 4th district is that we’ll ALWAYS get to the basis of the issue, implement efficient options, and be totally engaged in our communities. We may have a affluent 2020s!

What challenges does COVID-19 current to the workplace you’re in search of?

We began our marketing campaign with a digital technique and talking with folks at numerous locations. As a result of our workforce having army and enterprise backgrounds, our workforce has tailored and overcame challenges for our marketing campaign to current the imaginative and prescient we are attempting to ascertain for the way forward for our households. The Florida’s 4th Congressional district is about 565,000 registered voters, which requires strategic engagement and observations on what folks wish to see their Congress do for his or her households. Because the voting physique is giant, we used a number of voter outreach strategies to attach with voters. Within the political panorama, there’ll all the time be “curveballs” thrown that one needs to be versatile to beat challenges. The place we go, we all the time follow security first! We’re passionate to serve our communities!

Marketing campaign web site: erickforcongress.com

Marketing campaign’s social media pages: Fb | Twitter | Instagram


Donna Deegan

Get together affiliation: Democrat

Age: 59

Candidate’s household: Tim Deegan, husband. Kids Danielle and Drew

Occupation: Candidate

Schooling: B.S. Communications Florida State College

Political expertise:

Lined politics as a journalist for 30 years, holding the highly effective accountable, campaigned aggressively in 2018 serving to Democrats statewide win their districts

What do you see as the highest three points on this race?

  1. Healthcare – As a 3 time most cancers survivor who has been working philanthropically with underserved most cancers sufferers for nearly 20 years, I see healthcare as our primary precedence. Too many individuals are dying or going bankrupt in our present system. We at the moment are in the course of a pandemic and tens of millions have misplaced their jobs and with it their medical health insurance. We should present reasonably priced high quality healthcare to each American.
  2. The financial system – Even earlier than this pandemic, method too many individuals in our district and our nation have been struggling in an financial system that works greatest for the highest 1 %. Now with 40 % of people that make lower than 40ok per 12 months unemployed, it’s extra vital than ever to create an financial coverage that works for the center class.
  3. Frequent Sense Gun Laws – I imagine within the second Modification. I additionally imagine folks need to really feel secure after they go to work or college or church. The big majority of People of all events (93 % in a Fox Information ballot) imagine we want common background checks. We solely want the political will to make that occur.

How are you going to assist voters in a method that others working for this workplace can not?

To begin with, I am going to present up. My opponent has failed to carry one city corridor since he took workplace two phrases in the past. I have been having them each week and can all the time be accessible to my constituents. As a lifelong resident of Jacksonville, and a information anchor right here for nearly 25 years, I have been listening to folks on the First Coast, and talking fact to energy for a very long time. I imagine that work and my a few years of philanthropy have created a bond and a belief with this group that can allow me to deliver folks collectively throughout a bitterly divided voters. We should start to see every and converse to one another once more if we’re to ever accomplish any lengthy lasting good for our district and our nation. My message has all the time been one in all love and unity over worry and division. Most cancers has taught me many classes that I imagine will translate to good governance. That worry solely divides and by no means brings therapeutic. That we’re all right here for only a blink and we have to do as a lot good as we will within the time we’re allotted. That love, kindness, compassion and empathy are usually not weak point, however true power.

What would you hope to be remembered for engaging in after serving on this workplace?

I’d hope to be remembered first as somebody who all the time put folks over politics. I’ll by no means be beholden to particular pursuits however solely to the folks I serve.

I’d hope to be remembered for lastly ensuring that each American can afford high quality healthcare protection. That goes past simply creating the mechanism by which that can occur, however by addressing the financial inequities that preserve so many People from realizing the promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The well being of our nation entails addressing gun violence in a significant method and in acknowledging that the local weather disaster will price our area dramatically as rising seas affect our water high quality and a lot extra. In my first time period I wish to accomplish significant laws on all of those points.

On a broader be aware, I would like to depart a legacy of unity and inclusion.

If elected how would you deal with the requires racial justice?

Particularly, we have to deal with the underlying causes of systemic racism on this nation. We should put money into our black and brown communities, creating an infrastructure that gives the identical facilities (sidewalks, lighting and so forth) that we see in largely white communities. We have to deal with the poverty that holds these communities again. Which means an funding in schooling, and group well being. It means investing in reasonably priced housing. Our federal price range for these items has been slashed over the previous 4 years. It means ending practices like red-lining that maintain these communities again. It means reforming, retraining and rebuilding our policing practices and a larger funding in psychological well being and public security. This is not a simple fast repair. It should take dedication to addressing all the underpinnings of racism.

What challenges does COVID-19 current to the workplace you’re in search of?

After I launched my marketing campaign final November, I envisioned being in all places. I like to speak with folks, hearken to their concepts and struggles head to head. In our first few months we held city corridor conferences in each nook of the district and I would hoped to proceed that together with many different group occasions. Clearly Covid has made a lot of that in particular person communication not possible. I’ve continued to do city halls weekly on the Donna Deegan For Congress Fb web page and we’re reaching out in different methods, nevertheless it’s a more difficult strategy to marketing campaign for certain.

Marketing campaign web site: donnadeeganforcongress.com

Marketing campaign’s social media pages: Twitter | Fb | Instagram

Gary Koniz is certified as a write-in candidate on this race

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