Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives Steny Hoyer: "Ben Diamond was inspired to run for office by his grandfather and my dear friend, Congressman Dante Fascell. Dante was an excellent representative for Florida, and I know he served as a wonderful role model to Ben, in whom I see the same values of integrity and honesty that his grandfather brought to his work every day in Congress. As an attorney and state lawmaker, Ben has built a track record of delivering results on behalf of his community. In Congress, I know he will continue to advocate for Florida's working families, seniors, and natural resources, just as he has throughout his career. From defending the promise of our democracy to creating and protecting American jobs, Ben is the best choice to represent the people of Florida's 13th Congressional District in Congress.”
Pinellas County Commissioner Pat Gerard: “We have tremendous needs in Pinellas for improved infrastructure and more robust transit. Ben understands why it is important for the federal government to play a role in making these improvements for our residents and our businesses, and he will represent us well in Congress.’’
Pinellas County Commissioner Janet Long: “Climate change is a huge issue in Pinellas, and Ben has supported our efforts to make our region more resilient. He recognizes climate change is our biggest challenge, and he will work hard in Congress to both address the causes of climate change and to better prepare our county for its impacts.’’
Pinellas County School Board Member Nicole Carr: “As the father of young children, Ben recognizes the importance of investing in early childhood programs and preparing our kids to succeed in the classroom and in life. He has been a strong advocate for education in the Legislature, and he will continue to work hard for children and families in Congress."
St. Petersburg City Councilmember Amy Foster: “When the pandemic hit, Ben was always available and worked tirelessly to get St. Petersburg answers from State government. I know Ben will work for all of us in DC to make good public policy but equally as important I know he will be responsive to constituent issues. We need someone fighting in DC for families, small businesses, and local government and I know Ben will do just that.”
St. Petersburg City Councilmember Gina Driscoll: “Ben knows our city and our county better than anyone, and he has an established track record of community service and of pushing smart public policy in Tallahassee. I’m confident he will continue to effectively advocate for affordable health care, strong environmental protections and criminal justice reform in Washington."
St. Petersburg City Councilmember Brandi Gabbard: “We need to be represented in Congress by someone who understands our unique challenges and will work with others to solve them. Ben has always helped his constituents navigate state issues in Tallahassee. I know when he goes to Congress we can count on him to help seniors, veterans and other residents to secure the benefits and protections they are entitled to. I trust Ben to do what's right by every resident because that's what he has been doing for Floridians for years.’’
St. Pete Beach Mayor Alan Johnson: “Ben has deep roots in Pinellas County, and he knows St. Pete Beach well. In Congress, I’m confident Ben will help us continue to improve and harden our infrastructure, enhance and protect our beaches and embrace economic policies that keep our tourism economy thriving.”
Indian Rocks Beach Mayor Joanne "Cookie" Kennedy: "Ben understands the complex challenges facing our beach communities. From climate change and red tide to traffic congestion and our need for beach renourishment, our next member of Congress must be prepared to advocate for our unique needs. I am confident that Ben will work in Washington to protect our state's environment, improve our infrastructure, and ensure that residents can enjoy our beautiful beaches for generations to come.”
Gulfport Mayor Sam Henderson: “We have significant needs in Gulfport and in Pinellas for improved infrastructure. Ben understands how the federal government can play a key role in making these improvements for our residents and our businesses, and I know he will represent us well in Washington.’’
Safety Harbor Mayor Joe Ayoub: “Ben is the type of leader we need. His record in the Florida Legislature reflects his commitment to represent the interests of Pinellas County. His efforts to protect and preserve the environment, and to maintain the progress we’ve made over decades in keeping the waters in Tampa Bay clean, are critical to the success of our community.”
Pinellas Park Councilmember Patti Reed: “Ben knows our city and our county better than anyone, and he has a strong record of advocating for smart public policy in Tallahassee and of community service here at home. I’m sure he will continue to be effective in Washington as he promotes affordable health care, strong environmental protections and criminal justice reforms.”
Largo City Commissioner Jamie Robinson: “Ben knows our small businesses still need help recovering from the coronavirus pandemic and that our communities need to create more good-paying jobs so Largo and Pinellas County can continue to thrive. I know Ben will work hard in Congress to continue to improve our economy and provide everyone an opportunity to achieve the American Dream.”
Gulfport City Councilmember Michael Fridovich: “Ben has dedicated himself to being a public servant that is concerned with solving problems. As a Vietnam Veteran and local City Council member, I know that Ben has consistently fought to preserve the powers of local government and to improve outcomes for our large veterans' community here in Pinellas County. In Washington, I know Ben will continue to be a tireless advocate for veterans, by promoting access to mental healthcare resources and other essential programs.”
The Honorable Alex Sink: "I worked side-by-side with Ben when I served as Florida's Chief Financial Officer and he was our general counsel, and I've closely followed his rise as an influential, effective advocate for the issues we care about in the Florida Legislature. He understands Pinellas County and Tampa Bay, and he cares deeply about the challenges facing our community such as protecting the environment, providing access to affordable health care and ensuring equal justice for all. Ben is a thoughtful, dedicated, ethical public servant who will work hard on our behalf in Washington, and he will be an outstanding member of Congress."
The Honorable Sean Shaw: "Ben and I worked together for Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, helping Floridians recover from the Great Recession and the BP Oil Spill. I later had the privilege of working by his side again when we served together in the Florida House. I have witnessed Ben's public service firsthand, and he has always put the people of our state ahead of the powerful special interests. Ben is a tireless advocate for working families, criminal justice reform, and protecting Florida's natural resources; there is no one I trust more to fight for Tampa Bay in Congress than him."
The Honorable Jim Davis: "Ben Diamond will represent everyone and will be a highly effective Member of Congress. He listens, learns the issues, and does what he thinks is right. He will fight for what he believes in and he will work to bring people together, as he has in the State Legislature. Ben treats everyone with respect and as the parent of young children growing up in Pinellas County he stays in touch with his community."
The Honorable Bob Buckhorn: "Ben Diamond has deep roots in Tampa Bay, and he understands our communities and the challenges we face together. He has been a thoughtful state legislator who has demonstrated he can both build consensus and stand up to the powerful, and those skills will serve him well in Congress. From supporting our veterans and our seniors to protecting our environment and investing in our infrastructure, I know Ben will be an outstanding advocate in Washington for Pinellas County and the entire region.”
Dunedin Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski: "I first met Ben when we served together on the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority Board of Directors and have closely followed his rise as a collaborative and effective leader in our community. He understands that our communities are stronger when state and federal leaders work with local governments to solve the complex challenges our residents are facing. A strong advocate for home rule, land and water conservation, and economic policies that put our community first, I know Ben will ensure our voices are heard in Washington.”
Dunedin Vice Mayor Deborah Kynes "As a member of the Florida House, Ben Diamond has strived to be an effective advocate, not just for his district, but for all Pinellas residents. He understands that the government closest to the people serves the people best and has consistently fought to preserve the powers of local government. As a member of Congress, I know he will work collaboratively with local leaders to build resilient infrastructure, develop innovative transportation solutions, and address the everyday challenges facing all of Pinellas County's unique communities."
Dunedin City Commissioner Moe Freaney: "Pinellas County residents deserve a representative in Congress that can set aside partisanship and find common-sense solutions to the everyday challenges facing our communities. Ben Diamond has a proven track record of working with local leaders, independent thinking, and leading with integrity. I’m confident that he will be an outstanding advocate in Washington for our neighbors in Dunedin and all across Pinellas County.”
Dunedin City Commissioner Jeff Gow: "Ben recognizes that environmental resiliency, transportation, and climate change are big issues for Dunedin and Pinellas County. As a state legislator, he has worked hard to find community-driven solutions to these challenges while preserving the powers of local government. In Congress, I know Ben will work closely with local leaders to build a brighter future for our city and county."
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