|Ross Hancock: A man with a bright idea!|
As Ross Hancock walks Rep. District 115 (currently held by Republican Mike Bileca), rather than distribute a useless trinket like a hat or t-shirt to voters he is giving out LED bulbs.
He said about the bulb idea:
I intend to distribute 10,000 LED bulbs in District 115 prior to the election. Each 9-watt LED bulb replaces a 75-watt incandescent bulb. Over the rated 18-year life of the bulbs, at three hours a day, more than 12 million kilowatt-hours will be saved. Along with air conditioning savings (because LED bulbs run much cooler), my humble efforts will result in a projected electricity and bulb replacement savings of about $2 million for the residents of our district.His opponent, Mike Bileca has voted for fracking and guns on campuses, and against Medicaid expansion and normalization with Cuba. He single-handily defeated a bipartisan HIV-prevention program for needle exchange in Miami-Dade.
Hancock brands himself as an “independent Democrat” and has more than $100,000 to spend appealing to independents in a district that slightly favors Republicans. He focuses on the environment and avoids controversy. He points out that Charlie Crist and Alex Sink won Bileca’s district in the last two gubernatorial races, thanks to progressive-leaning independent voters.
Hancock has researched Bileca extensively. He carries a looseleaf binder with every committee and floor vote that Bileca has cast since 2010. He has tabbed what he calls “the Grinch votes,” reflecting a man with a small heart. These include votes against school recess, against HIV prevention, healthcare for the impoverished, even against bears. Bileca's voting pattern earned him an A+ (103%, “Champion of Economic Freedom”) from the head Grinches: the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity group.
Hancock has union backing of the Fla AFL-CIO. He faces chiropractor Doc Solomon in the primary, a fellow Democrat.