In just two weeks, on Tuesday, April 13th, voters will go to the polls and choose a new Congressman for Florida's 19th District. We are now officially in the home stretch of this campaign, and I wanted to provide you with a quick update on what happened last week and what lies ahead.
Standing up for Public Education
Last week in the Florida State Senate, I took the concerns of teachers and families throughout South Florida straight to the forefront of debate on a new bill that threatens our public education system and increases already burdensome testing on our children. Following my debate on the floor of the Senate in strong opposition to this legislation, the Palm Beach Post reported:
"Sen. Ted Deutch, the father of three children who attend public school in Palm Beach County, joined the chorus of Democrats who railed against the bill. "This legislation seems to be legislation by anecdote," said Deutch, of Boca Raton, who is running for Congress. "We've heard time and time again, "I know of a teacher who sleeps through class.' "I know of a bad teacher who mails it in every week.' . Let's be clear about one thing. Testing is not teaching."
Strengthening the US-Israel Relationship
Earlier in the week, I had the opportunity to see Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel address a crowd of 8,000 pro-Israel activists at the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington, DC. I was honored to be with so many leaders, many from our own community, who share my lifelong commitment to Israel. After April 13th, I will continue to fight to end taxpayer-funded contracts to corporations that support Iran's energy sector, and I will take the fight to stop Iran's nuclear weapons program to the floor of Congress. My support for Israel's right to peace and security will continue to be a cornerstone of my efforts in public life.
Last Friday at a candidates forum in Deerfield Beach, I was the only candidate who could offer actual policy proposals for reforming Wall Street and protecting the American people from another financial meltdown. Click on the image below to watch me go head to head with my opponents on financial reform.
The Home Stretch
The next two weeks will be the most critical of this campaign. As we head toward April 13th, I will be attending events throughout the community to meet with voters, and my campaign will be executing an aggressive get-out-the-vote effort. I would like to thank the many volunteers who have dedicated so many hours to this campaign making phone calls and putting up campaign signs throughout the district. Your help and support is what led me to victory on February 2nd, and with your help down the stretch, we will share another big win together on April 13th! Click here to volunteer.
For those of you who will be celebrating the Jewish holiday this week - Happy Passover. Pesach gives us all an opportunity to celebrate our freedom from oppression and renew ourselves to the cause of advancing justice here in our own community and throughout the world.
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