Richard Thripp for Congress: Candidate Statement, March 31, 2020

A candidate statement I wrote for the Lake County Democrats on March 31, 2020.

RICHARD THRIPP

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I am a 28-year-old Florida native, husband to Kristy, and father to a 1-year-old baby boy. I was born in Daytona Beach and now live in Orange City. I am running to be your Congressman for Florida’s 6th Congressional district. I want to make a difference for disadvantaged and working-class Central Floridians.

In December 2019, I completed my PhD in Education at the University of Central Florida (UCF) where I researched future teachers’ knowledge of personal finance, investing, and retirement planning. I advocate for financial education coupled with progressive laws and regulations that treat typical Floridians and Americans fairly.

I completed an associate degree at Daytona State College in 2011, a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at UCF Daytona Beach in 2014, and a master’s degree in Applied Learning & Instruction at UCF in 2016. I am also a former Port Orange Toastmasters club president and treasurer.

At UCF, I’ve taught educational technology to over 250 future teachers. Public education, including affordable, quality higher education, is essential to developing our citizenry and facilitating their success. As your Congressman, I will always prioritize education.

Some back story: I am the child of conspiracy theorist Trump-supporters. I, too, bought into right-wing propaganda until my mid-20s, which I regret and must reckon with. What follows are several key catalysts in my journey to becoming a progressive Democrat:

  1. My research into financial literacy, not unlike Senator Elizabeth Warren (a former Republican), began with me blaming individuals, but led me to realize Americans are being systematically oppressed by oligarchical institutions and special interests.
  2. Learning that our atmosphere has increased from 280 to 415 parts-per-million of carbon dioxide from human action led me to reject climate denialism propaganda and realize the depth of our planetwide climate crisis.
  3. A deep dive into vaccines, in advance of our son’s birth on February 27, 2019, led me to reject anti-vaccination rhetoric and to receive 6 vaccinations myself.

Wealth stratification in the United States is off the charts. I’m supporting healthcare for all, a universal basic income, a Green New Deal, strengthening Social Security, and fair taxes instead of giveaways for wealthy individuals and large corporations.

In Congress, I will fight tenaciously for you, both on the House floor and in constituent casework. We must make a massive investment in the American people and our children’s future. We can do this! The time for change is now!

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Where is Florida’s 6th Congressional District?

Florida’s 6th Congressional district includes all of Volusia and Flagler counties plus the southern part of St. Johns County and the northeastern part of Lake County. The above map from GovTrack.us is the best one I’ve found thus far for examining the boundaries.

Major cities are Palm Coast, Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach, Port Orange, New Smyrna Beach, DeLand, and Deltona, with many more unincorporated areas and towns, as well as smaller cities including Bunnell, Flagler Beach, Holly Hill, South Daytona, Daytona Beach Shores, Edgewater, Oak Hill, Lake Helen, Orange City, DeBary, Mt. Dora, and part of Eustis.

At the north end, #FL6 does include some areas on the south side of State Road 207 that have St. Augustine mailing addresses, but excludes the city limits of St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach (which are entirely within the 4th district). At the south end the boundary is the Volusia County limits bordering Brevard (8th district) and Seminole (7th district) counties, and on the west end, part of Lake county is included.

Anyone who lives within these boundaries can vote for me (Richard Thripp) in the Democratic primary on 8/18/2020 if they are a registered Democrat, and in the general election on 11/03/2020 after I win the primary. In 2022, the Congressional districts will be re-drawn based on the 2020 Census, and Florida will be gaining a seat (going up from 27 to 28) thanks to our booming population.

It is challenging to find accurate boundaries for Florida’s 6th Congressional district as it actually got re-drawn again following the 2010 Census due to a court challenge. For instance, the map on Ballotpedia is wrong, showing the prior boundaries which excluded Deltona and included much more of St. Johns County, none of Lake County, and part of Putnam County.

Many voters ask me if they can vote for me being that they live on beachside (east of the Halifax River, Matanzas River, or other parts of the Intracoastal Waterway). The answer is YES because the district includes all of Volusia and Flagler counties. It gets confusing when we compare to the 120 House districts and 40 Senate districts for the State of Florida legislature, as beachside is a different district from mainland in Volusia County, but remember that Congressional districts are much larger because there are only 435 of them nationwide.

Click here for statistics on Florida’s 6th Congressional district from the Census Bureau.

Why Vote for Richard Thripp?

Here are a few reasons to vote for Richard Thripp on 8/18/2020 (Democratic primary) and 11/03/2020 (general election) for Florida’s 6th Congressional district (Volusia, Flagler, and parts of St. Johns and Lake counties), or by mail or early voting:

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✔ Will fight for the Green New Deal to make better technologies cheap via scale
✔ Will fight for universal healthcare to help all Americans
✔ Supports a universal basic income to revitalize our people and economy
✔ Won’t cut Social Security
✔ A check on Donald Trump and the lawless Republicans
✔ Unlike other candidates, born in Daytona Beach and has always lived in the district
✔ Supports ending war and knows there is nothing to win in the Middle East
✔ Accomplished college instructor and financial educator who values education
✔ Will fight vested interests on the climate crisis to save Florida’s future
✔ Will expand the IRS with the resources to collect from high earners and big business
✔ Will not dial for dollars or be bought and paid for by anyone
✔ Will fight against corporate welfare, subsidies, and giveaways to the rich
✔ Constituent-focused and will open a district office in mid-town Daytona Beach

My Republican opponent:

✘ Has the “guts” to slash Social Security and Medicare
✘ Donald Trump’s favorite Congressman
✘ Supports endless and costly militarism in the Middle East and beyond
✘ Indebted to special interests and corporate donors such as NASCAR
✘ Lives in a different Congressional district
✘ Spews falsehoods about the “socialism” bogeyman
✘ Supports corporate welfare and giveaways to the rich (Tax Cuts and Jobs Act)
✘ Opposes women’s healthcare and choice
✘ Against expanding Medicaid and wants to repeal Obamacare

Download a printable PDF of the above list.

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Visit thripp.com/donate or mail your campaign contribution to:
Richard Thripp for Congress
265 HICKORY AVE
ORANGE CITY FL 32763-6014

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Strategy for Writing to Attorneys General and the Better Business Bureau to Recover Amazon Gift Card Balances Confiscated/Stolen by Amazon

Here’s a new commentator on my website who had their $200 Amazon gift card balance stolen, and my response:

“they stole $200 in gift cards and locked me out of my account and every time I talk to them on the phone they say it will be opened in 24 hours and it never is and i start from scratch. for months.”

Sounds like their typical illegal behavior. There is no point continuing to call or complain to Amazon directly. You should open a complaint with your state’s attorney general online, and your region’s Better Business Bureau. Make sure to describe it very succinctly and clearly that this is a prepaid gift card balance connected to your Amazon account, and that Amazon is unlawful withholding the funds from you. For outcome, you want your gift card balance issued as a check to you, or alternately to be unblocked so you can make purchases with it (if that is also acceptable to you). Amazon will respond saying they have the absolute right to ban you at any moment and confiscate your gift card balance based on their Terms & Conditions. Respond that they do not, and cite laws prohibiting a retailer from causing a gift card / gift certificate to expire, such as your state laws and the federal CARD Act. Your state’s AG and the BBB will likely close the case as “resolved” based on Amazon’s excuse for a response, but respond and continue to emphasize that they have received the money for these gift cards and they are stealing directly from you.

I am running for Congress where I will continue fighting Amazon’s illegal behaviors. Please donate to my campaign if you are able.