Meet the Republicans Trying to Replace Corrine Brown
The Orlando Sentinel has conducted editorial board interviews with all three candidates seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Congress in the 3rd District, the seat currently held by Democrat Corrine Brown.
The heavily African-American district includes portions of Alachua, Clay, Duval, Lake, Marion, Orange, Putnam, Seminole, and Volusia counties.
Some have suggested that it is an unwinnable race. After all, Barack Obama received 73% of the vote in this district in 2008. However, the candidates and their campaigns charge that changing demographics and a national trend that's favorable for Republicans will give them a real shot at scoring an upset victory in November.
Dean Black is an Air Force veteran, farmer and businessman who has owned and operated several AAMCO Transmission franchises. Chris Nwasike is a first-generation American who has worked for Wachovia and organized the Keep God in America rally earlier this year. Mike Yost is a retired auto mechanic who has knocked on over 10,000 doors to gather the petition signatures to qualify for a spot on the ballot.
Only Nwasike actually lives within the boundaries of the oddly drawn 3rd District, though both other candidates claim to have strong "roots" there.
Below are videos from each of the Sentinel's three editorial board interviews. The videos are in alphabetical order starting with Black, then Nwasike and finally Yost.
Republican voters will select one of these candidates to represent them in an August 24 primary.