Trump Administration Accomplishments – June 2020

Updated June 24, 2020

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Under President Trump we achieved record economic success and will do so again.

  • Before our record economic success was artificially halted by a global pandemic, President Trump built the hottest economy in the world.
    • In May, 2.5 million jobs were added, far better than the predicted jobs loss of 8.5 million.
  • The unemployment rate was much lower than anticipated and dropped from the previous month’s figure.
  • The NASDAQ recently hit a record high, topping 10,000 for the first time ever.
  • In 2019, 2.1 million new jobs were created.
    • In 2019, 1.5 million jobs were added for women. This accounts for more than 50% of total jobs for the first time ever.
  • Under President Trump, 5.6 million people have come off food stamps.
  • Since President Trump took office 2.4 million Americans have been lifted out of poverty.
  • 1.4 million American children have been lifted out of poverty.
  • The stock market has reached record highs under President Trump.
  • Under President Trump’s leadership, Congress passed historic tax cuts and relief for hard-working Americans. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is the first major tax reform signed in 30 years and the largest tax reform package in history.
  • As a result of the historic tax cuts, nearly 9,000 Opportunity Zones were created in all 50 states, DC, and 5 territories. Opportunity Zones will spur $100 billion in private capital investment and impact nearly 35 million Americans.
  • The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act doubled the Child Tax Credit.
    • In tax year 2019, nearly 40 million families benefitted from the child tax credit (CTC), receiving an average benefit of $2,200 – totaling credits of $88 billion.
    • In tax year 2019, nearly 6 million families benefitted from the child and dependent care tax credit (CDCTC), receiving an average benefit of $551 – totaling credits of $3 billion.
  • President Trump has rolled back unnecessary job-killing regulations at a historic pace.
    • The Administration has cut nearly 8 regulations for every new rule.
    • This far exceeds the promise made to cut 2 regulations for every 1 regulation added.
    • Regulatory costs have been slashed by nearly $50 billion and have saved taxpayers $220 billion once actions are fully implemented.
    • The deregulation efforts will save American households an estimated $3,100 per year.
    • President Trump took action to increase transparency in Federal agencies and protect Americans from administration abuse.
    • The Administration formed the Governors’ Initiative on Regulatory Innovation which aims to better align state and Federal efforts to cut additional unnecessary regulations and costs.

Coronavirus Response

President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force are leading an unprecedented, comprehensive, and aggressive whole of America approach to slow the spread of the virus.

  • The Administration’s response began early. In January 31, President Trump declared the coronavirus a public health emergency and suspended entry into the U. S to help stop the spread.
  • President Trump, the CDC, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force, headed by Vice President Pence, released guidelines for all Americans to follow.
  • On March 13, President Trump declared a national emergency which granted access to $42 billion to fight the coronavirus.
  • For the first time, President Trump declared that a major disaster exists within all 50 states at once.
  • The White House announced President Trump donated his fourth quarter salary to fight the coronavirus.
  • U.S. tax filing deadline was moved to July 15.
  • On March 27, President Trump signed the bipartisan $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law. The CARES Act is providing much needed relief to our small businesses and workers and helped stabilize the economy. Highlights:
    • Direct assistance to families and workers through recovery checks. Individuals were eligible for checks up to $1,200 and married couples filing jointly are eligible for checks up to $2,400, with an extra $500 for each child.
      • Millions of Americans received Economic Impact Payment checks.
    • The CARES Act strengthens and expands unemployment insurance for Americans who cannot work due to the coronavirus disaster.
    • Included in the CARES Act was the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a billion-dollar program that provides 8 weeks of cash flow assistance to small businesses.
      • The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) saved millions of jobs and delivered over 4.2 million loans totaled at over $670 billion.
      • Many economists credited the PPP with helping to jumpstart our great American comeback.
    • Additional funding in the CARES Act:
      • $17 billion in small business debt relief.
      • $45 billion for the FEMA disaster relief fund.
      • $19 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs to support our veterans.
      • $100 billion for hospitals and health care providers.
      • $16 billion for personal protection equipment (PPE), ventilators, and medical supplies.
      • $4.3 billion for the CDC.
  • The President built the strongest economy in the world and he will do so again.
  • Over 18 million tests have been completed in the United States, far more than any other country.
  • Vaccine candidates and therapeutics are rapidly being developed. The President cut red tape and launched “Operation Warp Speed” to develop a vaccine as quickly as possible.
  • The FDA approved an antibody test.
  • President Trump has led the largest national mobilization since World War II to deliver Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and supplies.
    • More than 90 million N-95 masks o 126 million surgical masks o 9 million face shields o 21 million surgical gowns o 993 million gloves
    • An additional 15,400 pieces of PPE were sent to nursing homes. o 100,000 ventilators will be manufactured in 100 days. No American who has needed a ventilator has gone without one.
    • The Army Corps of Engineers built temporary field hospitals including one at the Javits Center in New York City. They also constructed alternative care sites in states across the country.
    • The U.S. Navy deployed the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy hospital ships.
    • 100 Project Airbridge flights arrived in the U.S. carrying nearly 750 million pieces of PPE and other medical supplies.
    • Answering President Trump’s call, private sector companies including Ford Motor Company, Apple, Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers, 3M, and others stepped up to produce PPE and medical supplies. o We have strengthened the strategic national stockpile for any challenge.
  • The Trump Administration will distribute $12 billion in Provider Relief Fund payments to 395 hospitals across the country.
  • President Trump has taken steps to protect our nation’s seniors and the most vulnerable.
    • The Administration raised the infectious disease standards at nursing homes.
    • Supplies and critical assistance continues to be delivered to our seniors.
    • HHS announced nearly $1 billion in grants to assist older adults providing necessary services.
  • The USDA worked to deliver 1 million meals per week to rural kids out of school.
  • Ivanka Trump and Secretary Perdue launched the $3 billion Farmers to Families Food Box program.
  • President Trump took important measures to secure the border and keep our nation safe.
    • The President quickly issued a travel notice for China and increased airport screening before there was a case in the U.S.
    • The Administration secured the border and issued critical travel restrictions which slowed the spread.
    • President Trump announced the U.S. is putting a 60 day pause on immigration to ensure our workers are protected.
  • The State Department brought home more than 50,000 Americans stranded overseas as a result of coronavirus travel restrictions.
  • President Trump ordered the Department of Energy to purchase oil for the strategic petroleum reserve.
  • The White House Office of Science & Technology Policy announced a public-private consortium to advance coronavirus research and provide access to computing technology for researchers.
  • The Trump Administration is providing health and economic support to underserved communities impacted by coronavirus.
    • $2 billion has been invested in community health centers.
    • President Trump delivered $1 billion to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic serving institutions, and other minority serving institutions impacted by the coronavirus.
    • The Federal Government is helping cover the cost of the treatment for uninsured Americans.
  • President Trump is putting America First and holding the World Health Organization (WHO) accountable for the mismanagement of the coronavirus.
  • President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force released guidelines for opening America safely.
    • “Opening Up America” is a data-driven approach that empowers our nation’s governors to make decisions based on the situation on the ground.
    • Governors across the country are creating roadmaps to reopen their states.
    • Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes was established.


President Trump is working to secure our border.

  • President Trump is fulfilling his promise to build a border wall, with sizable portions already finished or under construction.
    • It’s expected that 450 miles will be finished by the end of 2020.
    • 212 miles of border wall have already been completed.
  • Under President Trump, the U.S. Border Patrol has arrested hundreds of members of dangerous gangs.
  • The President has strongly enforced our nation’s immigration laws by cracking down on illegal immigration and taken aim at “sanctuary cities.”
  • President Trump has called on Congress to close dangerous loopholes such as “Catch and Release,” end chain migration, and end the visa lottery program which enables illegal immigration.
  • The Administration is looking to close the Flores Settlement Agreement that requires the government to release families into the country after 20 days. This loophole has been exploited by smugglers who use children as pawns to enter our country.
  • We are closing asylum loopholes – recently, the Administration instituted a new rule requiring migrants who come to our border to have previously applied and been denied to a country they passed through.
  • President Trump was successful in his efforts to get Mexico and the Northern Triangle countries to step up and help stop the crisis at the border.
    • President Trump’s successful negotiations led to border apprehensions falling more than 70% from May (the peak of the crisis) to November 2019.
  • In May 2019, President Trump announced a new immigration proposal that would modernize our system and secure the border.
  • The Administration has made it a priority to end human trafficking and is using many resources to do so.
    • Nine pieces of legislation aimed at combatting human trafficking and modern slavery have been signed into law by President Trump.
    • The Administration provided funding to support the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
    • The Anti-Trafficking Coordination Team (ACTeam) initiative more than doubled convictions of human traffickers and increased the number of defendants charged in ACTeam districts.
    • President Trump became the first ever sitting president to attend the annual meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking.
    • President Trump signed an executive order to establish a position in the White House policy office that is solely devoted to work on combatting human trafficking.

Foreign Policy

President Trump has restored our nation’s standing in the world and is standing up to bad actors.

  • The United States has successfully decimated ISIS.
  • Under President Trump, the number one terrorist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was taken out.
  • President Trump ordered the killing of Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force and an evil, ruthless, and deadly terrorist.
  • President Trump fulfilled his promise to name Jerusalem Israel’s capital city and moved the U.S. Embassy.
    • The President removed the U.S. from the U.N. Human Rights Council due to the group’s blatant anti-Israel bias.
  • President Trump released a bold vision for peace in the Middle East.
  • President Trump held two historic summits with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, further demonstrating the Administration’s commitment to a denuclearized Korean peninsula.
    • The Administration has maintained tough sanctions on North Korea while negotiations have taken place.
  • President Trump’s maximum pressure campaign is countering Iran’s influence and pressuring the regime to abandon its malign activities.
    • President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Iran Nuclear Agreement and instituted the toughest sanctions in history to drive the regime’s oil exports to zero.
    • President Trump authorized crippling sanctions on the Iranian regime.
  • The Trump Administration has imposed sanctions on Russian entities and individuals previously indicted for their roles in Russian interference in our election.
  • To better promote democracy across the globe, President Trump imposed sanctions on regimes in Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua.
  • President Trump reversed the previous administration’s policy on Cuba.
  • President Trump urged NATO members to increase defense spending.


President Trump is delivering on his promise to correct trade imbalances.

  • The Trump Administration had taken unprecedented steps to modernize and improve trading practices and negotiate freer, fairer, and reciprocal trade agreements with our global allies.
  • President Trump has kept his promise to deliver a modern and rebalanced trade deal to replace NAFTA. The United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA)
  • President Trump negotiated a new United States-Japan trade deal with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Japan is one of our strongest economic partners and this trade deal builds on that partnership. It is a big win for American farmers, ranchers, workers, and businesses.
  • The Administration revised the United States -Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) to make it more beneficial to American workers.
  • The President and European Union President Juncker agreed to a new trade deal that strengthens and reforms our trade relationship. The agreement:
    • Works toward zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, zero subsidies on non-automotive industrial goods.
    • Makes it easier for the EU to purchase liquefied gas.
    • Reduces trade and bureaucratic obstacles between the U.S. and the EU.
    • Addresses unfair trade practices.
  • President Trump signed a historic phase one trade deal with China that includes key commitments from China on stopping unfair trading practices and increasing purchases of U.S. goods.
  • President Trump withdrew the United States from the flawed Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  • President Trump has forced our allies to recommit to NATO.


President Trump continues to reshape the Federal judiciary at a record pace and is following through on his promise to appoint judges who will uphold the Constitution and rule of law.

  • President Trump continues to reshape the Federal judiciary at a record pace.
  • President Trump has installed more federal court judges than any president in the past four decades.
  • The President is following through on his promise to appoint judges who will uphold the Constitution and rule of law for generations to come.
  • President Trump has nominated, and the Senate has confirmed a grand total of 200 Article III judges.
    • 2 Supreme Court Justices – Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh.
    • 53 Circuit Court judges.
    • 143 District Court judges.
    • 2 Court of International Trade Judges
  • President Trump’s judicial confirmations have “flipped” 3 – 2nd, 3rd, 11th Circuits – federal appeals courts to Republican.
  • Not a single circuit court vacancy exists anywhere in the nation for the first time in at least 40 years.
  • In 2018, President Trump broke the record for the most circuit court of appeals judges (29) confirmed in the first 2 years of a presidency.

Law Enforcement

President Trump’s policies are supporting our brave law enforcement officers and making our communities safer.

  • President Trump has supported our law enforcement officers and their families.
  • President Trump has pledged to not defund the police.
  • A new commission was established to evaluate best practices for recruiting, training, and supporting law enforcement officers.
  • Violent crime fell in 2017 and 2018 after rising each of the two years prior to President Trump taking office.
  • President Trump signed the Safe Policing for Safe Communities Executive Order to encourage and incentivize local police department reforms while maintaining his commitment to law and order.
    • This historic EO will help implement best practices on use of force and improve information sharing.
    • President Trump’s EO will ban chokeholds
  • President Trump signed the historic FIRST STEP Act into law, making our communities safer and reformed our criminal justice system fairer.
  • President Trump and his administration have promoted second chance hiring.
  • The administration revived Project Safe Neighborhoods, which brings together prosecutors, police, sheriffs, and citizens groups to put the most dangerous violent crime offenders behind bars.
  • The President signed legislation that permanently funds the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.
  • President Trump signed the Fix NICS Act into law in 2018, strengthening the background check system to ensure we keep guns out of the hands of criminals.
  • President Trump signed STOP School Violence Act and created a Commission on School Safety to examine ways to make our schools safer.
  • President Trump and his administration have taken critical steps to end human trafficking.
    • The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act was signed into law. The legislation tightens criteria for whether countries are meeting standards for eliminating trafficking.

Health Care

President Trump led a bold response to COVID-19, reduced the cost of health care, and has taken significant steps to fight the opioid epidemic.

  • Since January, President Trump has led a bold, aggressive, and decisive response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • President Trump has prioritized fixing our broken health care system and worked with Congress to implement a system that works for all Americans.
  • The President has made it clear patients with preexisting conditions will be protected.
  • The individual mandate penalty has been eliminated.
  • Association Health Plans have been expanded.
  • Short-term, limited duration insurance plans have been extended.
  • President Trump is working to implement his plan to lower prescription drugs.
  • Under the Trump Administration, we have seen the first ever decline of average benchmark premiums on the federal health care exchange.
  • The President signed an Executive Order to improve seniors’ health care and improve the fiscal sustainability of Medicare.
  • Reforms to expand Medicare Advantage options and Health Reimbursement Accounts have been expanded.
  • President Trump mobilized his entire Administration to address the drug addiction and opioid abuse by declaring a Nationwide Public Health Emergency.
  • President Trump signed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act to fight the opioid epidemic.
  • The Administration launched a public resource to help combat substance abuse.
  • President Trump signed an Executive Order that increases price and quality transparency.
  • President Trump announced additional action to provide more affordable insulin options through Medicare.
  • By 2021, many seniors enrolled in participating enhanced Part D plans will have access to a broad set of insulins at a maximum $35 copay for a month’s supply.
  • The Administration has committed to ending surprise billing.
  • HHS is finalizing a rule that will require hospitals to make prices publicly available online and in a more consumer-friendly format.
  • The Administration has proposed a rule to require insurance companies and group health plans to provide enrollees with cost estimates.
  • The Trump Administration has promoted innovation and solutions to expand treatment options for Americans living with disease including HIV/AIDS, kidney disease, pediatric cancer, Alzheimer’s, and more.
  • The Administration launched a program to provide the HIV prevention drug PrEP to uninsured patients for free.
  • Signed the bipartisan Tobacco-Free Youth Act to raise the nationwide age for purchasing tobacco and vaping products to 21 years old.
  • Costly Obamacare taxes were repealed including the “Cadillac tax” and the Medical Device Tax.


President Trump is promoting a clean and healthy environment for all Americans.

  • The President and the Administration are continuing to pursue policies that encourage environmental protection while promoting economic growth.
    • Since 2005, our energy related carbon emissions have declined more than any other country. This is expected to decrease in 2019 and 2020.
  • Our nation’s environmental record is one of the strongest in the world.
    • According to the White House, from 1970 to 2018, the combined emissions of the most common air pollutants fell 74% while the economy grew over 275%.
  • We have the cleanest air on record and remain a global leader for access to clean drinking water. The President has taken important steps to restore, preserve, and protect our land, air, and waters.
    • The Save our Seas Act was signed into law in 2018. This law reauthorized the NOAA Marine Debris Program, promoting international action to reduce marine debris and authorizing cleanup and response actions that may be needed.
    • The EPA has taken significant steps to clean up our contaminated sites and hazardous sites.
    • The EPA is more efficiently implementing air quality standards that will better protect the environment and human health.
  • President Trump announced the U.S. will join the 1 trillion trees initiative.
  • The President’s management of our nation’s lands promotes conservation while encouraging good stewardship and expanding recreational opportunities.
    • Just this year, President Trump signed legislation designating 1.3 million new acres of wilderness – the largest public lands legislation in a decade.
    • The Department of the Interior proposed to open more than 1 million acres of land for expanded hunting and fishing access.
    • The President took important action to improve management of forests to help prevent devastating forest fires.
  • President Trump issued changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to reduce regulation and allow for infrastructure and transportation projects to move forward.


President Trump’s policies have begun to unleash our nation’s energy potential.

  • President Trump signed an Executive Order to expand offshore oil and gas drilling and open more leases to develop offshore drilling.
  • The U.S. is the largest producer of oil and natural gas in the world.
  • The Administration acted aggressively to increase exports of energy resources to the global market and allowed financing for coal and fossil energy projects.
  • President Trump has approved the infrastructure and provided the resources needed to unleash Oil and gas production in the U.S.
    • The Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines were approved, supporting an estimated total of 42,000 jobs and $2 billion in wages.
    • The New Burgos Pipeline, a cross-border project that will export U.S. gasoline to Mexico, was approved.
    • The Trump Administration reversed President Obama’s moratorium on new leases for oil and gas development on Federal lands.
  • The President rescinded President Obama’s costly Clean Power Plan.
  • The President proposed the Affordable Clean Energy Rule to reduce greenhouse gasses, empower states, promote energy independence, and facilitate economic growth and job creation.
  • The Administration has rescinded many costly Obama-Era regulations including the methane emissions rule that would cost American energy developers an estimated $530 million annually.
  • The President announced his intent to withdrawal the U.S. from the unfair Paris Climate Accord.


President Trump and his Administration continue to help our farmers.

  • In 2018, President Trump signed a sweeping new Farm Bill into law.
    • The Farm Bill provides support and stability to our farmers, expands crop insurance, doubles how much farmers can borrow and helps open new markets for our farmers.
  • The President authorized the year-round sale of E15 gasoline which provided a boost to America’s corn growing communities.
  • Red tape that has harmed American farmers have been rolled back.
    • This includes eliminating the burdensome Obama-era Waters of the United States rule.
  • The historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act protected family farmers from the estate tax.
    • Thanks to the President’s historic tax cuts legislation, the effective tax rate for farmers is expected to fall from 17.2% to 13.9%.
  • President Trump is standing up for America’s farmers by negotiating fairer, freer, and more reciprocal trade deals that remove barriers and open markets for American farmers.
    • President Trump signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) into law.
      • The USMCA will increase America’s Agricultural exports by $2.2 billion.
      • The USMCA will eliminates Canada’s discriminatory programs that allow low-priced dairy products to undersell our nation’s dairy producers.
      • USMCA includes expanded market access for dairy products, eggs, and poultry.
    • In a deal with the European Union, American soybean exports will be increased.
    • President Trump reached a new trade agreement with Japan. As a result, Japan will eliminate or reduce tariffs on approximately $7.2 billion in U.S. agricultural exports.
    • President Trump continues to stand up to China and their unfair trade practices which target our farmers.
  • The Trump Administration has authorized a total of $28 billion in aid for farmers who have been subjected to unfair trade practices.
  • The Trump Administration continue to support and expand markets for America’s farmers.
  • Japan’s market has been opened to all American beef.
  • Restrictions have been eliminated on:
    • American pork exports to Argentina.
    • American beef to Brazil.
    • Idaho chipping potatoes to Japan.
    • American poultry to South Korea.
  • President Trump signed an Executive Order directing Federal agencies to streamline the agricultural biotechnology regulatory process.
  • The Trump Administration is working to promote connectivity in rural American by investing in rural broadband.
  • President Trump is working to protect our Nation’s forests.
    • In 2018, the President signed an Executive Order aimed at increasing responsible forest management and coordinating Federal, State, tribal, and local assets to prevent and combat wildfires.
    • In order to preserve the health of our forests, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 was signed into law.
  • President Trump and his administration continue to provide necessary disaster relief to impacted areas.


President Trump and his administration are putting students and families first.

  • The President understands the importance of education and continues to declare the last week in January National School Choice Week.
  • The President signed a historic Executive Order that promotes and protects free speech on college campuses.
  • President Trump and his Administration support the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act.
  • In 2019, President Trump signed a memorandum that eliminates 100% of student loan debt for permanently disabled veterans.
  • The President continues to work with the Department of Education to expand transparency and give students expanded access to vital information about the career outcomes of the programs they enroll in.
  • President Trump has made Historically Black Colleges and Universities a priority, including appropriating more money to HBCUs in one year than any other president and establishing a Presidential Board of Advisors on HBCUs.
    • President Trump signed the FUTURE Act into law. The law permanently funds HBCUs and simplifies the FAFSA application
  • The President is committed to expanding and strengthening education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM).
    • President Trump issued a presidential memorandum encouraging the Department of Education to promote STEM, especially Computer Science.
    • President Trump directed more than $200 million per year to technology education grants for women and programs that encourage participation in STEM careers.
    • The President signed the bipartisan reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. This law provides the necessary training for students and workers to succeed in the 21st century economy.
    • The President donated his 2017 second quarter salary to the Department of Education. The funds were used to host a STEM focused camp for students.
    • President Trump signed the INSPIRE Act which encourages NASA to have more women and girls participate in STEM and pursue careers in aerospace.
  • The President signed an Executive Order to expand apprenticeships in America.
  • President Trump has encouraged state and federal lawmakers to expand school choice.
  • The administration lowered regulatory hurdles and restored flexibility to schools with respect to menus in their cafeterias.
  • President Trump is committed to making our schools safer.
    • President Trump encouraged passage of the STOP School Violence Act to provide funding grants to schools to improve security measures.
    • The Administration established a Commission on School Safety to examine ways to make schools safer for all students and teachers.
  • Additionally, the Administration proposed a new $5 billion annual tax credit to promote school choice. This move is supported by 2/3rds of black Americans.

Military and Veterans

President Trump is protecting America and our allies by rebuilding our military and ensuring our veterans receive the care they deserve.

  • President Trump has restored American military strength.
    • Under President Trump’s leadership, Congress passed three historic National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAA).

    • The FY2020 NDAA authorized a historic $738 billion in defense spending.
    • The FY2020 NDAA includes a much needed 3.1% pay raise for our troops, the largest in a decade.
    • The FY2020 NDAA establishes the United States Space Force to ensure American dominance in space.
  • President Trump signed the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act to allow senior officials in the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) to fire failing employees and establish safeguards to protect whistleblowers.
  • The President signed the V.A. Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 to authorize $2.1 billion in additional funds for the Veterans Choice Program (VCP).
  • The President signed the V.A. MISSION Act revolutionizing the VA system, increasing choice, and providing quality care for our nation’s veterans.
  • The Trump Administration created a new White House V.A. Hotline, staffed by veterans and family members.
  • The administration expanded telehealth access for veterans.
  • Veterans Affairs increased transparency and accountability by launching an online “Access and Quality Tool.” This provides veterans a way to access wait time and quality of care data.
  • The VA and DOD are working to seamlessly align electronic health records.
  • President Trump signed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 to expedite the appeals process.
  • The Administration has secured a record $8.6 billion in funding for mental health services with the goal of ending the tragedy of veteran suicide.
  • The Trump Administration has created the PREVENTS initiative, a task force aimed at unifying the efforts of government, businesses, and nonprofit groups to help our veterans.
  • The President has secured $73.1 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs – the highest funding for the VA in history.
  • In 2019, President Trump signed a memorandum that eliminates 100% of student loan debt for permanently disabled veterans.
    • The President also called upon all 50 states to ensure that disabled veterans do not pay state tax on their forgiven debts.
  • In November 2019, President Trump became the first president to walk in the New York City Veterans Day Parade.


Under President Trump’s administration, women have been empowered to reach their economic potential.

  • Women have experienced record low unemployment under President Trump.
    • In May, the unemployment rate among women decreased from 16.2% to 14.5%.
  • During the President’s first year in office, the number of American women in poverty fell by nearly 600,000.
  • Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the child tax credit was doubled to $2,000 per child.
  • President Trump approved the largest paid parental leave program ever, guaranteeing 12 weeks of paid leave for all federal workers.
  • The President has signed into law the largest ever expansion of the Child Care and Development Block Grants (CCDBG) to States – from $3.9 to $5.8 billion.
  • Childcare wait lists have greatly decreased and have been eliminated in dozens of states.
  • The President and his Administration are committed to keeping families and communities safe.
  • The Trump Administration has prioritized empowering women to pursue careers and realize their economic potential.
    • President Trump directed more than $200 million per year to technology education grants for women and programs that encourage participation in STEM careers.
    • President Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the National Council For The American Worker.
    • Over 300 companies and associations of all size and industry have signed the Administration’s Pledge to America’s Workers, promising to create more than 14 million education, training, and skill-building opportunities over the next 5 years.
    • Ivanka Trump created the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP) to help 50 million women in 22 developing countries realize their economic potential by 2025.
      • In the first year, the W-GDP initiative reached 12 million women.
      • Nearly 2 million women participated in United States Government-supported workforce training and development programs.
      • More than 9,000 women-led businesses received more than $1.6 billion in United States Government-backed loans.
  • Additional Trump Administration efforts to empower women globally include:
    • The Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi): Aims to mobilize more than $2.6 billion in capital for women entrepreneurs in 26 developing countries.
    • The WomenConnect Challenge: Seeks to growth women’s access to digital technology and bridge the digital gender divide.
    • The 2X Women’s Initiative: Aimed at mobilizing $1 billion in capital to support women living in the developing world. This initiative has already mobilized more than $140 million from the private sector to support women in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Black Americans

Black Americans have a true champion in President Trump.

  • Black Americans have experienced record low unemployment under President Trump.
    • In May, 283,000 new jobs were created for Black Americans.
  • The poverty rate among black Americans is at its lowest level in history.
    • Under President Trump, 350,000 fewer black Americans are living in poverty.
  • During the President’s first year in office, the black American poverty rate fell to 21.2% down from 22% the year before.
  • As a result of the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, nearly 9,000 Opportunity Zones were created in all 50 states, DC, and 5 territories.
    • Opportunity Zones will create jobs and spur investment in disadvantaged communities.
    • These Opportunity Zones will spur $100 billion in private capital investment and impact 1.4 million minority households.
    • More than half the residents of Opportunity Zones are minorities.
  • President Trump signed the historic FIRST STEP Act into law.
    • The FIRST STEP ACT has been widely hailed as the most meaningful criminal justice reform in a generation.
    • This landmark legislation included necessary reforms to our justice system, improves our prison system, and prepares inmates for reentry in our communities.
    • As a result of the First Step Act, more than 3,000 Americans have been released from prison and 90% of those who have had their sentences reduced are black Americans.
    • The First Step Act shortens mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug crimes and provides judges greater liberty to go around mandatory minimums.
    • The law also allows offenders sentenced under racially motivated mandatory minimums to petition for their cases to be re-evaluated.
    • President Trump was awarded the 2019 Bipartisan Justice award by the nonprofit 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center. The President received this award for his “ability to work across the aisle to achieve meaningful progress in reforming our criminal justice system.”
  • President Trump has committed his Administration to advancing second chance hiring for former prisoners. This includes launching a “Ready to Work Initiative.”
  • The Trump Administration has fought for a federal tax credit on donations that fund scholarships to private schools, a proposal supported by 64% of African Americans.
  • President Trump has made supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) a top priority.
    • In February 2017, President Trump announced the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs.
    • The President signed an Executive Order on HBCUs in February 2017, the earliest any President has signed an Order on HBCUs.
    • The EO established an Interagency Working Group to advance and coordinate work regarding HBCUs.
    • The federal HBCU initiative office was moved back into the White House, a move that leaders had requested under President Obama.
    • President Trump has appropriated more money than any other president to HBCUs.
    • The President signed legislation to increase federal funding for HBCUs by 13%, the highest level ever.
    • President Trump signed the FUTURE Act into law. The law permanently funds HBCUs and simplifies the FAFSA application.
    • The President worked with Congress to lift the ban on Pell Grants on summer classes.
    • Through the Capital Financing Program, the Administration has provided more than $500 million in loans to HBCUs.
    • The President directed the entire federal government to develop a strategy to support HBCUs. To date, this has been supported by 32 departments and agencies.
    • The Administration has forgiven more than $300 million in outstanding debt for four schools impacted by natural disasters and the budget provided $10 million to defer loan payments for 6 school facing financial difficulties.
    • The Department of Education worked with HBCUs to protect $80 million in Title III carryover funding.
    • President Trump took a big step to end discriminatory restrictions to prevent faith based HBCUs from accessing federal support.
    • The Administration continues to work with HBCUs to expand apprenticeship opportunities, career choices, and ensure they are receiving adequate support.
    • President Trump signed legislation that provided $1 billion to HBCUs that were impacted by coronavirus.

Hispanic Americans

Under President Trump’s leadership the Hispanic American community has thrived.

  • Under President Trump, Hispanic Americans experienced record low unemployment.
    • In May, 662,000 jobs were created for Hispanic Americans.
  • The Hispanic American unemployment rate hit several record lows in 2019, including falling below 4% for the first time in history.
  • The median Hispanic American income rose by $1,786 during President Trump’s first year in office.
    • In 2017, the median Hispanic American income hit its highest ever recorded level ($50,486).
  • Since taking office, the Hispanic American homeownership rose by more than a percentage point (46.3% to 47.4%).
  • President Trump renegotiated freer and fairer trade deals such as the USMCA.
  • President Trump has stood up to socialism and communism in Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua.
    • Thanks to pressure from President Trump, over 50 countries followed President Trump’s leadership in recognizing Juan Guaidó as the legitimate leader of Venezuela.
    • The Trump administration has rolled back President Obama’s disastrous rapprochement with Cuba, which only benefited the country’s dictatorship instead of its people.
    • At the direction of President Trump, the Treasury Department has imposed sanctions against senior officials in the Nicaraguan regime for their role in human rights abuses and undermining democracy.
  • The President has made it clear that American interests do not align with failed socialist policies.

Asian Pacific Americans

Under President Trump’s leadership Asian American unemployment has reached record lows.

  • Asian Pacific American unemployment hit record lows under President Trump.
    • The lowest ever record unemployment rate for Asian Americans (2.1%) came in June 2019.
  • Asian Pacific Americans are the largest beneficiaries of the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, receiving an average tax cut of $2,560.
  • President Trump has been working with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and the U.S. Department of Justice to combat Asian-American hate crimes during the Covid-19 pandemic. President Trump has a zero tolerance for discrimination—protecting the Asian American community is a top priority.
  • President Trump signed the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act into law, permanently reauthorizing more than $250 million in annual funding for minority-serving institutions such as the AANAPISI (Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions) program that enrolls nearly half of all APA undergraduate students nationwide, especially serving those from low-income backgrounds.
  • President Trump signed the “Hmong Veterans’ Service Recognition Act,” authorizing burial in any open national cemetery of Hmong veterans that fought for the U.S. during the Vietnam War.
  • President Trump signed the “Chinese American World War II Veterans Congressional Medal Act” (S1050; H.R. 2358) into law in 2018. It is a bi-partisan legislation that is dedicated to recognize the sacrifices and services of Chinese American servicemembers to our country during World War II.

Working Families

President Trump is committed to supporting working families.

  • The President’s historic tax reforms doubled the child tax credit benefitting nearly 40 million American families with an average of over $2,200 dollars in 2019.
  • Millions of workers gained bonuses, wage increases and increased job benefits thanks to the historic legislation.
    • In tax year 2019, nearly 40 million families benefitted from the child tax credit (CTC), receiving an average benefit of $2,200 – totaling credits of $88 billion.
    • In tax year 2019, nearly 6 million families benefitted from the child and dependent care tax credit (CDCTC), receiving an average benefit of $551 – totaling credits of $3 billion.
  • President Trump approved the largest paid parental leave program ever, guaranteeing 12 weeks of paid leave for all federal workers.
  • The President has signed into law the largest ever expansion of the Child Care and Development Block Grants (CCDBG) to States – from $3.9 to $5.8 billion.
    • This funding helps low-income families.
    • Childcare wait lists have greatly decreased and have been eliminated in dozens of states.
  • President Trump was the first President to include paid family leave in his budget
  • President Trump’s pro-growth economy has led to more opportunity and bigger paychecks.


President Trump’s Administration defended rights of the LGBTQ community.

  • Candidate Donald Trump was the first Republican nominee to mention LGBTQ rights in his acceptance speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention. During the speech, Trump pledged to “protect LGBTQ citizens.”
  • President Trump pledged to enforce the 2014 Executive Order protecting the rights of the LGBTQ Community in the workplace.
  • President Trump launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality. The effort is being led by U.S. Ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell.
    • As he pledged at the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations, President Trump and his Administration stand in solidarity with LGBTQ people who live in countries that punish, jail, or execute individuals based upon their sexual orientation.
    • The President’s remarks in September 2019 were the first time a U.S. president has explicitly brought up the decriminalization of homosexuality in remarks before the UN. o The Trump Administration put pressure on Russian federal authorities to speak out on the campaign and to take steps “ to ensure the release of anyone wrongfully detained.”
  • President Trump has taken the lead on increasing HIV support at home and abroad. o In 2017, the Trump Administration launched the PEPFAR Strategy For Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control (2017-2019), which will support efforts in more than 50 countries “to ensure access to life-saving services.” o In 2017, the Trump Administration said sustained funding for HIV/AIDS programs is among the “highest priorities” in the budget.
    • In his 2020 FY budget, President Trump took a strong stance to aggressively reduce HIV/AIDS in America by providing $291 million to the Department of Health and Human Services.
    • The President’s budget also provides $3.4 billion for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.
  • The Trump Administration launched a program to provide the HIV prevention drug PrEP to uninsured patients for free.
  • President Trump appointed Richard Grenell as the acting Director of National Intelligence. Grenell was first openly gay Cabinet Secretary.
  • Grenell previously served as the first openly gay Ambassador nominated by President Trump.
  • President Trump nominated LGBTQ judicial nominee Patrick Bumatay to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and Mary Rowland to the District Court of Northern Illinois. Both judges were confirmed.

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CCREC Member Clerk Crystal Kinzel Selected to Represent South Florida Clerks on Statewide Legislative Committee

Collier County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Crystal K. Kinzel has been selected by her fellow Clerks to represent their District 7 caucus on the statewide Florida Court Clerk and Comptroller Legislative Committee. With over six million people, District 7 encompasses the ten counties of south Florida: Broward, Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach.

It is the responsibility of the Legislative Committee to develop and promote state legislation that is in concert with the duties and responsibilities of Florida’s Court Clerks and Comptrollers. Additionally, the Legislative Committee monitors proposed legislation that might present either a negative or a positive impact on Clerk functions and, in response, develop an appropriate agenda. Clerk Kinzel’s term on the Legislative Committee begins on July 1, 2020.

“It is an honor to be selected by my colleagues to serve on this important committee, and I look forward to advocating for legislation that will enhance the services that we provide to our citizens and taxpayers,” said Collier Clerk Crystal Kinzel. “There are several needs and budgetary challenges that are unique to Florida Clerks and I’m prepared to work together with committee members to champion priorities that will successfully address those needs and challenges.”

The Florida Constitution, which has been the supreme law of the land in Florida for more than 180 years, established the Clerk & Comptroller as an elected public trustee in 1838. Clerks in Florida perform over 1000 different constitutional and statutory functions including record keeping, information management and financial management in the judicial system and county government.

Kinzel joined the Collier County Clerk’s Office in 2005 as the Director of Finance and Internal Audit and was appointed by Dwight Brock as Chief Deputy in 2016. After Mr. Brock’s untimely death in 2018, Governor Rick Scott named Kinzel the Interim Clerk, and in August 2018, the citizens of Collier County elected her Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller.

For more information, contact Mike Sheffield, Director of Community Relations and Outreach at or (239) 252-6879.

CCREC Trump Victory Team Meet Up with Matt and Mercedes Schlapp

The Trump Victory SWFL team and Collier County REC are thrilled to host Mercedes and Matt Schlapp. We will be gathering safely, utilizing required social distancing guidelines at the local VFW. The VFW will be open for beverage purchases, which will be at the discretion of the attendees.

When: Monday, 6/29 @ 6:30PM
Where: VFW, 13131 Collier Blvd, Naples, FL. 34120

6:00PM – Doors open/Sign in/Networking
6:30PM – Welcome & Introductions
6:35PM – Veteran X Introduces Mercedes & Matt Schlapp
6:35PM – 6:55PM – Mercedes & Matt Schlapp
6:55PM – 7:15PM – Safe Door KnockinG TVLI
7:15PM – 7:25PM – Q&A
7:30PM – Event Concludes

Excuse Me, It’s President Trump – -State Committeewoman Jan Face Glassman

Jan Face Glassman Collier County Republican State Committeewoman

In the middle of my morning 5-mile walk, I met someone whom I have not seen since the start of the pandemic. He happens to be registered as an NPA (No PoliticalAffiliation).

He said to me ‘I have looked forward to seeing you and talking about the pandemic, all that is going on, the November election and President Trump.’

He respectfully placed the emphasis on the word President, then smiled, and said ‘See, I remembered what you told me!’

We both shared the moment of a positive lesson learned and then talked about the difficult job of leading the Country or a state through these unchartered waters. We also talked about living through the polio epidemic when we were in elementary school, our parents’ fears for us then, and the difficult time ahead for all our elected officials waiting for a vaccine and then the potential issues with a vaccine.

While this person is still undecided for whom he will vote in November, he recognizes the importance of respect for the office of the President, and for any office held by an elected official, based on a conversation he and I had 5 years ago during the Presidential Primary.

About 10 years ago, I had the privilege of meeting and having coffee with the former White House Pastry Chef who served under 5 Presidents. He grew up in France, moved here, and is extremely proud to have become a U.S. Citizen. It was from him that I fully internalized the concept of respect for the office that is due the officeholder . He had served under Presidents of both Parties. He was clear that he disapproved of anyone saying ‘Bush,’ ‘Clinton,’ or calling any President by his last name only. It is Mr. President, or President Bush or President Clinton.

We are all accustomed to campaign slogans of ‘Women for Trump’ or ‘Trump for President’. We hear supporters frequently saying ‘Trump this’ or ‘Trump that, ‘ but in a supportive and affirming manner. However, when I hear someone saying ‘Trump did such and such’ in a derogatory tone, I stop them and say politely ‘Excuse me, it’s President Trump.

While you may disagree with him. He is the President and is due the respect of being referred to as such. The office of the President is representative of every American Citizen. When you disrespect that office by merely calling him ‘Trump,’ you are not only being disrespectful of him but of every American citizen.

I would appreciate your referring to him as President Trump.’ About 90% of the time, I have found the message works. When it doesn’t, I just reinforce the next time, politely.

I suggest that you try this with those who upset you with their anti-Trump talk. Bullying never works, it just creates a wider-divide. Be reasonable and respectful. The more people say “President Trump,’ the more they will internalize that he is the President and that he should continue to be the President!

CCREC Members on the Ballot for the August Primary Election

A flood of Candidate Oaths came in during the final qualifying period.
Those in committeemen and committeewomen members on the ballot are in precincts 242, 257, 414, and 464.

See the ballot entries below:

Primary Ballot:

Republican State Committeeman
Alfie Oakes REP
Douglas L. Rankin REP
Republican State Committeewoman  
JoAnn DeBartolo REP
Jan Face Glassman REP
Republican Precinct Committeewoman, Precinct 242 Vote for up to 2
Meredith Carr REP
Lorraine Paczkowski REP
Teresa Welch REP
Republican Precinct Committeeman, Precinct 242 Vote for up to 2
Robert Brown REP
Joseph Paczkowski REP
Thomas Welch REP
Republican Precinct Committeewoman, Precinct 257 Vote for up to 4
  Tammy L. Alter REP
  Angela Connor REP
  Amy Kodak REP
  Deanne Oakes REP
  Diane S. Shapiro REP
Republican Precinct Committeewoman, Precinct 414 Vote for up to 3
  Samantha Green REP
  Jo Ann D. Grey REP
  Diane Natale REP
  Polly Scharling REP
  Deanna Welzbacher-Larabell REP
Republican Precinct Committmeeman, Precinct 464 Vote for up to 4
Reg Buxton REP
Gerard Fischer REP
Dennis C. Hahm REP
Michael A. Houtz REP
William A. Oppenheimer REP

Which Republicans are on the August Primary? Read it Here






On Ballot




President & Vice President Donald Trump R 2016 2020 PPP/General Yes
Congressional District 19 Francis Rooney R (not running) 2016 2020 Primary/General NO
Darren Aquino R
Casey Askar R
Cindy Lyn Banyai D
Byron Donalds R
Dane Eagle R
William “Fig” Figlesthaler R
Randy Henderson R
David Holden D
Daniel Kowal R
Christy McLaughlin R
Patrick Post WRI
Daniel Severson R
Congressional District 25 Mario Diaz-Balart R (Elected) 2018 2020 Primary/General Yes


State Representive District 80 Byron Donalds R (Not running) 2018 2020 Primary/General NO
Drew-Mntez Clark R
Victor Dotres R
Lauren Melo R
Laura Novosad D
State Representive District 105 Ana Maria Rodriguez R 2018 2020 Primary/General NO
Pedro “Peter” Barrios R
J. David Borrero R
Javier Estevez D
Maureen Porras D
Bibiana Potestad R
State Representive District 106 Bob Rommel R 2018 2020 Primary/General Yes
Sara McFadden D

Judicial Offices

Supreme Courtr Justice Carlos Muniz 2019 Retention
2nd District Court of Appeal
Judge – Retenton Drew Atkinson 2018
Judge – Retention Morris Silberman 2014 2020 General
Judge – Retention Daniel Sleet 2014 2020 General
Judge – Retention Andrea Teves Smith 2019
20th Judicial Circuit Judge
Group 3 Mary Evans UNOPPOSED 2014 2020 UNOPPOSED Yes
Group 6 Hugh D. Hayes UNOPPOSED 2014 2020 UNOPPOSED Yes
Group 11 Donald H. Mason UNOPPOSED 2014 2020 UNOPPOSED Yes
Group 12 Scott H. Cupp UNOPPOSED UNOPPOSED Yes
Group 16 Amy Hawthorne UNOPPOSED 2014 2020 UNOPPOSED Yes
Group 20 John S. Carlin UNOPPOSED 2014 2020 UNOPPOSED Yes
Group 25 Michael T. McHugh UNOPPOSED 2014 2020 UNOPPOSED Yes
County Court Judge
Group 4 Rob Crown UNOPPOSED 2014 2020 Primary/General UNOPPOSED
Group 5 Janeice Martin UNOPPOSED 2014 2020 Primary/General UNOPPOSED


Sheriff Kevin Rambosk R UNOPPOSED 2016 2020 Primary/General Yes
Clerk of Courts Crystal Kinzel R 2016 2020 Primary/General Yes
James Molenaar R
Tax Collector Larry Ray R (not running) 2016 2020 Primary/General No
Rob Stoneburner R
Property Appraiser Abe Skinner R 2016 2020 Primary/General Yes
Rick Lussy R
Supervisor of Elections Jennifer J. Edwards R UNOPPOSED 2016 2020 Primary/General Yes
County Commission 1 Donna Fiala R (not running) 2016 2020 Primary/General No
Mark S. Batchelor R
William T Douglass R
John D Jenkins D
Rick LoCastro R
County Commission 3 Burt Saunders R 2016 2020 Primary/General Yes
County Commission 5 William McDaniel R 2016 2020 Primary/General Yes
Raymond Christopher R
Mike Petscher R
David Turrubiartez, JR D

School Board (Nonpartisan)

District 2 Stephanie Lucarelli R UNOPPOSED 2016 2020 Primary/General Yes
District 4 Erick Carter R UNOPPOSED 2016 2020 Primary/General Yes
School Board members must reside in their district, but run countywide. School Board members are nonpartisan.
Independent Districts

Collier Mosquito Control District

Seat 4 David Farmer R (not running) 2016 2020 General No
Bruce Buchanan R
Gene Ungarean R
Seat 5 Mike Reagen NPA (not running) 2016 2020 General No
Russell Burland R
Collier Soil & Water Conservation District
Group 2 Nancy Ritchie UNOPPOSED 2016 2020 General
Group 4 Rob Griffin UNOPPOSED 2016 2020 General

Greater Naples Fire District

Seat 2 (East Naples Div) Jeff Page R 2016 2020 General Yes
Al Duffy D
Seat 5 (Golden Gate Div) Tom Henning R 2016 2020 General Yes
Dominick Biondo R

Immokee Fire District

Seat 2 Anne Goodnight R (not running) 2016 2020 General No
Patricia Goodnight
Seat 4 Joseph Brister 2016 2020 General

North Collier Fire District

Seat 1 Christopher L. Crossan UNOPPOSED 2016 2020 General Yes
Seat 3 Norman Feder UNOPPOSED 2016 2020 General Yes
Seat 5 James Calamari UNOPPOSED 2016 2020 General Yes


1. Citizenship requirement to vote in Florida Elections
2. Raising Florida’s minimum wage
3. All Voters vote in Primary elections for state offices
4. Voter Approval of Constitutuional Amendments

60 Pages of Notes to Rush Limbaugh from Collier County

Terry Capsay and Donna Wagner

Terry Capsay and Donna Wagner were able acquire 60 pages of notes to show Rush Limbaugh our appreciation of his work for conservatives. This effort represents over 150 individuals.

They have been bound in a red leather cover and have delivered it to Rush through his brother David.

Great effort Terry and Donna in showing support from Collier County and SW Florida.

Campaign Chair Mike Lyster on Election Campaign

Mike Lyster
Chairman Campaign Committee

As we move toward reopening our office the Campaign Activities committee has been solidifying our volunteer database and confirming what activities those volunteers prefer to perform.
The good news is that we have Trump signs and bumper stickers at the office. We’ve been assured that we’ll get additional inventory as soon as they can get it to SW Florida. Thanks to the Trump campaign team for this effort.

The party is not taking positions in the Primary Election but we encourage each of you to support the candidate of your choice with your time, talent and treasurer to the extent you are able. We suggest you utilize the primary election to practice “working your precinct” in preparation for our major push to “Get Out The Vote” (GOTV) activities in the general election.

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t address the recent attention being paid to “Vote by Mail” balloting.

I remember vividly our then party chairman, Mike Carr, standing up at a 2002 CCREC meeting and waving his then “Absentee Ballot” and stating, “Friends, this is money in the bank”. We’ve been promoting Vote By Mail ever since. I’ve worked both for and with our Collier County Supervisor of Elections for 18 years and counting.

During that period I’ve been a Polling Place Clerk, call center staffer, assisted the training officer in the “hands on” effort of training poll workers, assisted in distributing materials to precinct Clerks the day before election day along with performing what I believed to be my “duty to the party” of attending canvassing board meetings and most recently organizing observers for the recounts we experienced in 2018. Throughout all of this, in each election, there are Mail-In ballots that have issues with signatures, powers of attorney (not allowed), people voting who no longer reside in the county, and even some voting after the date on their death certificate.

Being totally forthright these are always a very small number and are dealt with legally by the canvassing board. I would remind you that George W. Bush won Florida, and there-with the presidency by 537 votes. That’s 1 vote over 8/county. Our observation of canvassing board activities has never been more important. It’s somewhat tedious and boring but the opposition is ALWAYS there in numbers. The last 2 elections they continually criticize the canvassing board for rejecting ballots per Florida statute. We have a duty to uphold our Florida statutes and U.S. Constitution. Personally, I believe in Mail-In ballots as an OPTION of convenience and sometimes necessity.

I would never want to take away election day voting as I remember well the 2 full vans from The Carlyle that visited our polling place in 2002 and 2004. It was a social event for those senior citizens.