The dredging of the St. Johns River, U.S. military activities and the tenor of the presidential campaign were among the topics congressional candidate David Bruderly discussed at a recent meeting of the Beaches Democratic Club.
Held Sept. 20 in Neptune Beach, the meeting was attended by approximately 45 people, who listened as Bruderly explained his position on a variety of issues. Bruderly is running for the 4th congressional district seat being vacated by the retiring U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw.
Bruderly expressed his opposition to the dredging of the St. Johns River, charging that those who support the project have no proof of a return on investment and are providing “a subsidy for Asian shipbuilders.”
When asked about his position on simplifying the tax system, Bruderly suggested that a more progressive tax system is needed. He expressed his support for a carbon tax and a “21st century Glass–Steagall Act.” He also discussed U.S. military activities, saying that he opposes the “politics of fear” being waged in the current presidential campaign and expressed the view that America must be “brokers of peace.” On the topic of health care, Bruderly declared health care to be a human right, and described himself as a “rational and progressive” candidate.
Bruderly said he welcomes the chance to have a face-to-face debate with his Republican opponent, former Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford.