DAYTONA BEACH – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink’s 7-point lead over Republican Rick Scott in a recent poll has some Central Florida residents delighted, while others are adopting a “wait and see” attitude.
Democrat Marilyn Romain is ecstatic over the Sink advantage.
“Alex Sink is like a breath of fresh air,” said Romain, a retired nurse. “She didn’t announce her candidacy until late because she doesn’t have a lot of money, and that was economic wisdom. I think because she’s been the state’s Chief Financial Officer she knows the demands and needs of Florida. And she knows how to raise money for the state without damaging the people who can least afford it.”
In an interview Friday Romain said that Sink’s stand on Education is one of the key reasons she supports the Democratic contender.
“I love her views on Education,” said Romain, who owns a home in Ormond Beach. “I hope that she stays focused on this. I want to see teachers who will bend over backward to save a child. Why should we lose the vision that these kids are our future?”
Education is on the mind of Port Orange resident Elsie Wanjohi as well, but Wanjohi said she has not decided whom she will vote for on November 2.
“I could go either way,” Wanjohi said on Friday. “Schools are not getting the financial support they need to operate effectively. I will support the candidate who will attract companies to Florida that bring income into the state.”
Wanjohi, a college professor, said she will make up her mind in the voting booth, and she is paying close attention to what both candidates have to offer.
According to the Mason-Dixon poll commissioned by the Orlando Sentinel/Sun Sentinel and other media companies, Sink leads Scott 47 percent to 40 percent, the Orlando Sentinel reported Sept. 23.
Daytona Beach resident and business owner Jack Milton, a Democrat, said in an interview on Friday that the negative commercials lambasting Sink for her support of Barack Obama are probably helping Sink’s campaign.
“The commercials are misplaced in that they attack her position for trying to improve conditions in this country, as though that were a bad thing,” Milton said. “They make me want to vote for her.”
Marilyn Romain agrees. “Every time I see one of those spots attacking Sink for supporting Obama, I say ‘Rah, rah, rah!'”
Romain lauded Sink for running a clean campaign. “She hasn’t bombarded us with negative commercials. She just comes out with what she’ll do for Florida because she has experience in those areas,” Romain said.