If you’re reading this, then you know who Creative Loafing Tampa Bay’s staff and contributors are voting for in the presidential election (hint: it’s Joe Biden, the guy who beat Bernie in the Democratic primary).
But in addition to the presidential election—this is where you sigh, groan, cheer—ballots this year also feature an extensive array of congressional and countywide positions up for election across Tampa Bay.
After all, the president isn’t going to be directly guiding budgetary decisions for the state of Florida, or developing policies that directly affect local infrastructure and the social welfare of Tampa Bay residents. That job belongs to your local and state legislators.
The road towards social and economic justice for all—regardless of party affiliation—doesn’t begin or end at the ballot box. Grassroots organizing, collective acts of civil disobedience, pressure campaigns, and other forms of community advocacy are actions that can be taken by and for the people during and beyond election years to enact meaningful change.
But more so now than ever, we also have people across the state of Florida and here in Tampa Bay running for office (or reelection) with compelling visions for how we can promote the social and economic welfare of our communities, protect our natural resources, and reform systems that have systematically failed to protect the health, safety, and livelihood of our residents.
Not every race down the ballot this election cycle is equally as exciting, sure. Sometimes we might vote for candidates who are just best-suited to retain or ideally advance progress that’s been made in areas of community welfare. To help inform your decision-making progress, click above to find Creative Loafing Tampa Bay’s recommendations for Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.
Creative Loafing Tampa Bay 2020 election voting recommendations
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