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A GUIDE TO THE CONGRESSIONAL RACES: FLORIDA

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FLORIDA

Population (1994): 13,953,000 (up 7.8% from 1990), 5.4% of U.S. total

Voting-age population: 10,856,000; 1994 turnout, 38%

Median age: 36.4 years

Median household income: $29,294 ($2,970 below U.S. median)

Unemployment: 5.3% (0.3% below U.S. average, March 1996)

Last presidential election: Clinton (D): 39% Bush (R): 41% Perot (I): 20%

Congressional delegation: Nine Democrats, 16 Republicans

Known for its hurricanes, theme parks, crime and sandy beaches, immigrants and senior citizens, Florida was also the first state to allow concealed weapons–they are all part of the Sunshine State, now the fourth most heavily populated state in the union, and one of the most diverse and dynamic as well.

KEVIN BECK (D) District 1 (Panhandle–Pensacola; Fort Walton Beach)

BORN: Sept. 1, 1958, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada EDUCATION: Concordia U, B.A., 1980; Florida State U, J.D., 1988 FAMILY: Divorced; two children RELIGION: Lutheran MILITARY: Marines, 1982-86 OCCUPATION: Teacher; lawyer POLITICAL CAREER: None ADDRESS: 902 East Gadsden Street, Pensacola 32501. Tel.: 904-470-9050

Beck suffered third-degree burns after a fiery 1985 crash landing during Marine pilot training, spent 1 1/2 years in physical therapy and then went to law school. He says his military service and experience as a prosecutor, public defender and elementary school teacher give him ample qualifications for Congress.

THE ISSUES

Budget NO Medicare NO Defense NR Abortion NO Guns YES Gays YES Bosnia NO NAFTA YES Welfare NO Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “I have been a teacher, I have managed classrooms of 30 students or more, and I have been on the firing line in education.”

JOE SCARBOROUGH (R) District 1

BORN: April 9, 1963, Doraville, Ga. EDUCATION: U of Alabama, B.A., 1985; U of Florida, J.D., 1990 FAMILY: Wife, Melanie; two children RELIGION: Baptist MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Lawyer POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House, 1994- ADDRESS: 3695 Wimbledon Drive, Pensacola 32504. Tel.: 904-469-9500

Scarborough, once a member of a band called The Establishment, came to Congress in 1994 humming the G.O.P. tune “Retaking America.” Though he now performs with The Amendments, a group of G.O.P. House members, legislatively, he sings a New Federalist song, pushing states’-rights bills such as his proposal to eliminate the Department of Education.

THE ISSUES

Budget YES Medicare YES Defense NO Abortion YES Guns NO Gays NO Bosnia YES NAFTA NO Welfare YES Medical Leave NO (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “Our goal is to reform the nation’s educational system. This is not a budget-cutting exercise.”

ALLEN BOYD (D) District 2 (Panhandle–Tallahassee; part of Panama City)

BORN: June 6, 1945, Valdosta, Ga. EDUCATION: North Florida Junior College, A.A., 1966; Florida State U, B.S., 1969 FAMILY: Wife, Cissy; three children RELIGION: Methodist MILITARY: U.S. Army, 1969-70 OCCUPATION: Farmer POLITICAL CAREER: Florida House, 1989- ADDRESS: P.O. Box 15703, Tallahassee 32317. Tel.: 904-224-9922

The conservative Boyd says government reform and economic development are the most important issues in his campaign. But, citing his own victimization by an ex-con who burglarized his home, he is a no-nonsense believer in expanding jail bed space and turning the screws on violent offenders.

THE ISSUES Budget NO Medicare NO Defense NR Abortion YES Guns NR Gays YES Bosnia NR NAFTA NR Welfare YES Medical Leave NR (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “My family has been personally touched by crime, and we understand how criminal activity affects your feelings of personal security.”

BILL SUTTON (R) District 2

BORN: Dec. 13, 1938, Miami EDUCATION: U of Miami, B.B.A., 1961 FAMILY: Wife, Karen; two children RELIGION: Episcopalian MILITARY: Coast Guard, 1958-65 OCCUPATION: Bank executive POLITICAL CAREER: Florida Secretary of Commerce, 1989-91 ADDRESS: P.O. Box 10505, Tallahassee 32302. Tel.: 904-386-1771

Sutton, a conservative who’s proud of his quarter-million-dollar campaign war chest, has strategized hard to win this open seat, even hiring Democrat David Taunton’s campaign coordinator as a way to appeal to conservative Democratic voters. He favors lower taxes for families, a balanced-budget amendment and more reform of education, welfare and Medicare. A founder of B.A.D.D.–Bankers Against Drug Dealers–he has made drugs and crime major issues, accusing President Clinton of having a “just inhale” policy.

THE ISSUES

Budget YES Medicare YES Defense NO Abortion YES Guns NO Gays YES Bosnia YES NAFTA YES Welfare YES Medical Leave NR (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “I plan to put an end to reckless spending and burdensome regulations. Our tax dollars can be better spent.”

CORRINE BROWN (D) District 3 North–Parts of Jacksonville, Orlando and Daytona Beach

BORN: Nov. 11, 1946, Jacksonville EDUCATION: Florida A&M U, B.S., 1969; U of Florida, Ed.S., 1974 FAMILY: Single; one child RELIGION: Baptist MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: College guidance counselor; travel-agency owner POLITICAL CAREER: Florida House, 1983-92; U.S. House 1992- ADDRESS: 5045 Soutel Drive, Jacksonville 32208. Tel.: 904-768-8665

Brown was elected after the Third District was redrawn in 1992. She proved to be an effective advocate for the military bases there, but last spring found herself back on the redistricting block when a federal panel declared the horseshoe-shaped district, which stretched more than 250 miles through 14 counties, to have been racially gerrymandered. Brown is now worried about her seat, since the number of black voters in the redrawn Third dropped from over half the population to just over 40%.

THE ISSUES

Budget NO Medicare NO Defense NO Abortion NO Guns YES Gays YES Bosnia NO NAFTA NO Welfare NO Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “[The court decision was] extremely disappointing…Voters in Florida have had to wait 127 years to elect an African American to Congress.”

PRESTON FIELDS (R) District 3

BORN: Nov. 15, 1964, Gainesville EDUCATION: St. John’s River Community College, A.A., 1984; U of North Florida, B.B.A., 1986; Nova U, J.D., 1990 FAMILY: Engaged RELIGION: Roman Catholic MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Lawyer POLITICAL CAREER: None ADDRESS: P.O. Box 2181, Palatka 32178. Tel.: 904-312-0811

Planning a wedding and an election victory at the same time, Fields is confident that the House will be his first home as a newlywed. A native north Floridian, he believes Corrine Brown’s narrow 1994 victory won’t sustain her in the newly drawn Third–the district is 11.5% less black and as much as 20% more Republican than in 1994. Fields supports the line-item veto, reforms to cut taxes and make the tax code simpler and more equitable, and a balanced budget.

THE ISSUES Budget YES Medicare YES Defense YES Abortion YES Guns YES Gays NR Bosnia YES NAFTA NO Welfare YES Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “I believe we should exert continued economic pressure on Castro’s Cuba so that the last Soviet-style communistic state in the world will soon fall under the weight of economic bankruptcy.”

TILLIE FOWLER (R) District 4 (Northeast–part of Jacksonville and Daytona Beach; northern Volusia County)

BORN: Dec. 23, 1942, Milledgeville, Ga. EDUCATION: Emory U, A.B., 1964, J.D., 1967 FAMILY: Husband, L. Buck; two children RELIGION: Episcopalian MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Lawyer POLITICAL CAREER: Jacksonville city council, 1985-92; U.S. House 1992- ADDRESS: P.O. Box 380087, Jacksonville 32205. Tel.: 904-388-2961

As in 1994, no one is up to the challenge of opposing Fowler, and, according to Florida law, she doesn’t even need to be on the ballot: she is already “elected.” A social moderate, Fowler fought mandatory parental notification of minors’ abortions in 1993, and is the only Republican woman on the National Security Committee.

THE ISSUES Budget YES Medicare YES Defense NO Abortion YES Guns YES Gays YES Bosnia YES NAFTA YES Welfare YES Medical Leave NO (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “Our immigration system should reward those who bring skills and initiative into this country, but it is not right to penalize our citizens by forcing them to pay benefits to people who have never contributed to the system.”

DAVE GENTRY (R) District 5 (Northern west coast–Gainesville, parts of Lake City and Pasco County)

BORN: April 19, 1959, Arlington, Va. EDUCATION: Liberty U, B.S., 1984; U of Florida, M.Ed., 1993 FAMILY: Wife, Ann; one child RELIGION: Baptist MILITARY: Marine Corps Reserve, 1979-83 OCCUPATION: Publishing-company owner; teacher; marketing and sales consultant POLITICAL CAREER: None ADDRESS: P.O. Box 90092, Gainesville 32607. Tel.: 352-371-7880

Unseating a two-term Democratic incumbent in a mostly Democratic district is a formidable task, but Gentry doesn’t think it’s a mission impossible. He refuses to take PAC donations for his campaign, saying he wants to reduce the corrupting influence of special-interest groups. Cutting taxes and balancing the budget top his agenda.

THE ISSUES Budget YES Medicare YES Defense NO Abortion YES Guns NO Gays YES Bosnia YES NAFTA NO Welfare YES Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “I’m running because I have a four-year old daughter who is going to be paying 84% of her income in taxes when she’s my age if we don’t get a handle on spending.”

KAREN THURMAN (D) District 5

BORN: Jan. 12, 1951, Rapid City, S. Dak. EDUCATION: Santa Fe Community College, A.A., 1971; U of Florida, B.A., 1973 FAMILY: Husband, John; two children RELIGION: Episcopalian MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Teacher POLITICAL CAREER: Dunnellon city council, 1975-83, mayor, 1979-81; Florida Senate, 1983-92; U.S. House, 1992- ADDRESS: P.O. Box 5058, Inverness 34453. Tel.: 352-344-4977

Thurman represents a diverse district, including the University of Florida, two nuclear power plants and acres of citrus plantations. More conservative fiscally than socially, she sponsored a federal bill to reimburse Florida for the cost of imprisoning criminal illegal immigrants, but opposed mandatory parental notification of minors’ abortions. She also pushed for hearings on the link between Agent Orange and birth defects.

THE ISSUES Budget NO Medicare NO Defense NO Abortion NO Guns NO Gays YES Bosnia NO NAFTA NO Welfare NO* Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “Another key to breaking the cycle of welfare dependency is forcing noncustodial parents to pay child support.”

NEWELL O’BRIEN (D) District 6 (North central–Lake, Baker and Marion counties; part of Jacksonville)

BORN: Aug. 25, 1938, Augusta, Maine EDUCATION: Jones College, A.S., 1974 FAMILY: Wife, Jean; four children RELIGION: Roman Catholic MILITARY: Navy, 1955-59 OCCUPATION: Aircraft examination director; aircraft mechanic POLITICAL CAREER: None ADDRESS: 308 Linden Lane, Orange Park 32073. Tel.: 904-264-9608

O’Brien, who went from blue-collar to management in a 36-year aircraft-mechanic career, wants to use his experience to “unlock the deadlock” in Congress. He doesn’t want to become a power broker, but is just “an average citizen…upset with the state of our government.” O’Brien says he won’t take campaign funds from big corporations and wants to bring true representation back to Washington.

THE ISSUES

Budget NO Medicare NO Defense YES Abortion YES Guns YES Gays YES Bosnia NO NAFTA NO Welfare NO Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “We need to protect our environment because corporate America will not police itself. We are the stewards of the earth. We can’t recycle the earth, so we have to take care of it.”

CLIFF STEARNS (R) District 6

BORN: April 16, 1941, Washington EDUCATION: George Washington U, B.S., 1963 FAMILY: Wife, Joan Moore; three children RELIGION: Presbyterian MILITARY: Air Force, 1963-67 OCCUPATION: Hotel executive POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House, 1988- ADDRESS: P.O. Box 308, Silver Springs 34489. Tel.: 352-236-2455

Stearns recently held the 300th town meeting in his district since his election in 1988. He has battled President Clinton’s social policy, advocating cuts in the National Endowment for the Arts and led the 1994 campaign to remove Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders from office. But for all his social conservatism, he was one of the first in Congress to push for the recognition of Gulf War syndrome and has been a strong Medicare advocate, both issues having almost universal appeal in this popular retirement area.

THE ISSUES Budget YES Medicare YES Defense NO Abortion YES Guns YES Gays YES Bosnia YES NAFTA NO Welfare YES Medical Leave NO (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “I was elected to put the Federal Government on a diet.”

JOHN MICA (R) District 7 (Central–southern Seminole and Volusia counties; Deltona; Port Orange)

BORN: Jan. 27, 1943, Binghamton, N.Y. EDUCATION: Miami-Dade Community College, A.A., 1965; U of Florida, B.A., 1967 FAMILY: Wife, Pat; two children RELIGION: Episcopalian MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Government consultant, entrepreneur POLITICAL CAREER: Florida House, 1977-81; U.S. House, 1992- ADDRESS: P.O. Box 181546, Casselberry 32718. Tel.: 407-644-6422

Though a 10% Republican registration edge in the district gives Mica a head start in the polls, incumbency also helps. As does his business approach to government–learned during ventures in real estate and international trade before arriving on Capitol Hill–which he has used in his fight against waste as a member of the Government Reform and Oversight Committee.

THE ISSUES Budget YES Medicare YES Defense NO Abortion YES Guns NO Gays YES Bosnia YES NAFTA NO Welfare YES Medical Leave NO (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “As a former businessman, my service in Congress has attempted to bring a common-sense approach to government, working toward less litigation, less taxation and less regulation.”

GEORGE STUART JR. (D) District 7

BORN: Jan. 13, 1946, Orlando EDUCATION: U of Florida, B.A., 1968; Harvard U, M.B.A., 1970 FAMILY: Wife, Elisabeth; four children RELIGION: Baptist MILITARY: Army Reserve, 1968-76 OCCUPATION: Government relations consultant; marketing consultant POLITICAL CAREER: Orlando city council, 1972-78; Florida Senate, 1978-90 ADDRESS: 833 Deltona Boulevard, P.O. Box 5429, Deltona 32728. Tel.: 407-574-0700

From this District’s mix of farmers, young professionals and old-style Southern Democrats comes Stuart, who says he wants to restore “common sense and goodwill” to Washington.

THE ISSUES

Budget NR Medicare NR Defense NR Abortion NR Guns NR Gays NR Bosnia NR NAFTA NR Welfare NR Medical Leave NR (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “Extremism is the classic enemy of a free society. I am particularly opposed to those who claim they want government off our backs, but so readily want…government to tell us what movies can be made or seen, what books we should read and whether a woman is entitled to make her own choices…when it comes to the difficult issue of abortion.”

AL KRULICK (D) District 8 (Central–Orange County; part of Orlando)

BORN: May 7, 1952, Queens, N.Y. EDUCATION: State U of New York at Binghamton, B.A., 1973 FAMILY: Wife, Cindy; two children RELIGION: Jewish MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Entertainer POLITICAL CAREER: None ADDRESS: P.O. Box 540316, Orlando 32854. Tel.: 407-426-2877

Tagging Bill McCollum a Washington insider, Krulick makes a charge from which he is certainly safe: when he’s not campaigning in order to make the point that democracy is alive and well, Krulick is dazzling youngsters at Walt Disney World’s stage adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, in which he plays evil archbishop Claudo Frollo.

THE ISSUES

Budget NO Medicare NO Defense YES Abortion NO Guns YES Gays NO Bosnia NO NAFTA NR Welfare YES Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “I was told I had no chance against Bill McCollum’s money. I already knew that. I was told the polls indicated he had the numbers to win. No big news there. If I had followed the conventional all my life, or even my mother’s advice, I’d be a rich man today…but I wouldn’t be who I am.”

BILL MCCOLLUM (R) District 8

BORN: July 12, 1944, Brooksville EDUCATION: U of Florida, B.A., 1965, J.D., 1968 FAMILY: Wife, Ingrid; three children RELIGION: Episcopalian MILITARY: Navy, 1969-72; Naval Reserve, 1972-92 OCCUPATION: Lawyer POLITICAL CAREER: Seminole County Republican executive committee chair, 1976-80; U.S. House, 1980- ADDRESS: 1850 Lee Road, Suite 236, Winter Park 32789. Tel.: 407-647-8683

McCollum is a tough-on-crime Republican in a district that contains the nation’s family-values Mecca: Disney World. He has also backed a bill to apply the death penalty to drug kingpins and supported efforts to double U.S. border patrols–potent issues in Florida, and the eight-term incumbent apparently knows it.

THE ISSUES

Budget YES Medicare YES Defense NO Abortion YES Guns NO Gays YES Bosnia YES NAFTA YES Welfare YES Medical Leave NO (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “[T]he flat tax and/or a compensation tax would greatly simplify the process. Both would encourage increased savings and investment, and reduce confusion and the need for extensive IRS involvement.”

MICHAEL BILIRAKIS (R) District 9 (West–Northern Pinellas and Hillsborough counties; central Pasco County; Clearwater)

BORN: July 16, 1930, Tarpon Springs EDUCATION: U of Pittsburgh, B.S., 1959; U of Florida, J.D., 1963 FAMILY: Wife, Evelyn; two children RELIGION: Greek Orthodox MILITARY: Air Force, 1951-55 OCCUPATION: Lawyer; restaurateur POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House, 1982- ADDRESS: P.O. Box 1077, Tarpon Springs 34688. Tel.: 813-942-0943

Bilirakis grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he passed up college scholarships to support his family by working in a steel mill. He attended college under the G.I. Bill, and went on to earn a law degree from the University of Florida. The mixed themes of his biography seem to explain his moderate politics, and like many Florida Republicans, he will break with his party when it comes to the concerns of his elderly constituency.

THE ISSUES

Budget YES Medicare YES Defense NO Abortion YES Guns YES Gays YES Bosnia YES NAFTA NO Welfare YES Medical Leave NO (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “If it continues unchecked, Medicare spending will soon spiral out of control.”

JERRY PROVENZANO (D) District 9 BORN: Dec. 3, 1948, Tampa EDUCATION: Hillsboro Community College, A.A., 1971; U of South Florida, B.A., 1973 FAMILY: Wife, Fran; one child RELIGION: Roman Catholic MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Publishing executive; communications-company president POLITICAL CAREER: Oldsmar city council, 1987-91, mayor, 1991-95 ADDRESS: P.O. Box 2165, Oldsmar 34677. Tel.: 813-891-9120

Unopposed in the primary, this Tampa-area native, who rose from the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs to the mayor’s office, is opposing a seven-term incumbent. He says he wants to return control to citizens by instituting term limits, limiting campaign expenses and requiring disclosure of relationships between Congress and lobbyists.

THE ISSUES

Budget NO Medicare NO Defense YES Abortion NO Guns YES Gays YES Bosnia NO NAFTA YES Welfare YES Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “I’m having a wonderful time doing this election. It’s fun! I particularly enjoy talking with people…especially when they don’t agree with me. If they’re going to vote for me, that’s great, but it’s the ones who don’t agree with my views that I want to talk with.”

HENRY GREEN (D) District 10 (West–southern Pinellas County; St. Petersburg)

BORN: Sept. 17, 1957, Jacksonville EDUCATION: Florida Junior College, A.A., 1977; U of North Florida, B.A.E., 1980; Southwestern Seminary, M.Div., 1983. FAMILY: Wife, Irene; three children RELIGION: Baptist MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Minister POLITICAL CAREER: None ADDRESS: P.O. Box 47606, St. Petersburg 33743. 813-392-2236

Though he lacks experience in public office, Green, a Baptist minister, demonstrated his political sensibilities this June, inaugurating his campaign with a suit against the State of Florida over its ballot-qualifying fees–at $10,020, the highest in the nation. Green, 39, has also emphasized his youth, in comparison with 66-year-old incumbent Bill Young, in an attempt to woo the district’s new population of young professionals. He sees himself as an F.D.R. Democrat, unapologetic in his support of government programs.

THE ISSUES Budget NO Medicare NO Defense YES Abortion NO Guns YES Gays YES Bosnia NO NAFTA NO Welfare NO Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “The only thing we have to fear are the pundits and pollsters and pessimists.”

BILL YOUNG (R) District 10

BORN: Dec. 16, 1930, Harmarville, Pa. EDUCATION: St. Petersburg High School FAMILY: Wife, Beverly; three children RELIGION: Methodist MILITARY: National Guard, 1948-57 OCCUPATION: Insurance executive; public official POLITICAL CAREER: Florida Senate, 1961-71, minority leader, 1967-70; U.S. House, 1970- ADDRESS: P.O. Box 1996, St. Petersburg 33731. Tel.: 813-547-8644 From his humble beginnings as a high school dropout in a Pennsylvania mining town, Young has worked his way to a position of power and influence in the House. As chair of the National Security Subcommittee, he has fought cuts in defense and intelligence funding, and has used his influence to funnel military spending to the 10th, the home of numerous defense interests.

THE ISSUES

Budget YES Medicare YES Defense NO Abortion YES Guns YES Gays YES Bosnia YES NAFTA YES Welfare YES Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “[T]he best thing the Federal Government can do is to try to assist state and local crime fighters without getting in their way.”

MARK SHARPE (R) District 11 (West–southern Hillsborough County; Tampa)

BORN: Jan. 26, 1960, Tampa EDUCATION: Florida State U, B.A., 1982; U of South Florida M.A., 1987 FAMILY: Divorced RELIGION: Presbyterian MILITARY: Navy, 1984-91 OCCUPATION: Teacher POLITICAL CAREER: None ADDRESS: 5011-H Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa 33634. Tel.: 813-248-1996

Sharpe, a Navy lieutenant in the Gulf War and the son of a 28-year Air Force veteran, appeals to Florida’s veterans. But the district’s blue-collar population and ethnic mix create a constituency that lacks the political cohesiveness of other Florida districts. But with the endorsement of former G.O.P. presidential hopeful Steve Forbes, Sharpe has created an “eight-point tax-simplification plan” that may win supporters from all sides.

THE ISSUES

Budget NR Medicare NR Defense NR Abortion NR Guns NR Gays NR Bosnia NR NAFTA NR Welfare NR Medical Leave NR (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “Enter any school in America today, and it becomes painfully obvious that the educational system is in the need of a top-to-bottom overhaul. I will work to eliminate the Department of Education, which will save $17 billion from the federal budget.”

JIM DAVIS (D) District 11

BORN: Oct. 11, 1957, Tampa EDUCATION: Washington and Lee U, B.A., 1979 FAMILY: Peggy Bessent; two CHILDREN RELIGION: Episcopalian MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Lawyer POLITICAL CAREER: Florida House, 1983- ADDRESS: 3716 West Swann Avenue, Tampa 33609. Tel.: 813-354-9217

State House majority leader Davis won a difficult primary runoff. And having spent nearly all his campaign war chest, he welcomed the support he got from Democratic heavies like House minority leader Dick Gephardt and retiring Representative Sam Gibbon, who held this seat for 34 years. Davis opposes school vouchers, saying public education will suffer if money is given to private schools.

THE ISSUES Budget NR Medicare NR Defense NR Abortion NR Guns NR Gays NR Bosnia NR NAFTA NR Welfare NR Medical Leave NR (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “Spending decisions should be made based on national-security interests and not based on economic interests of the contractors.”

CHARLES CANADY (R) District 12 (Central–Polk County; Lakeland; parts of Hillsborough County)

BORN: June 22, 1954, Lakeland EDUCATION: Haverford College, B.A., 1976; Yale U, J.D., 1979 FAMILY: Wife, Jennifer RELIGION: Presbyterian MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Lawyer POLITICAL CAREER: Florida House, 1985-91, majority whip 1987-89; U.S. House, 1992- ADDRESS: P.O. Box 6158, Lakeland 33807. Tel.: 941-619-9777

Canady switched parties in 1989, won a congressional seat three years later and has since reigned as a champion of conservative Republican causes. This year he sponsored the Partial Birth Abortion Act to prosecute doctors who perform this rare procedure; and as chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, he fought unsuccessfully for an amendment to impose term limits. Running against his lesser-known cousin, his biggest challenge may be to make sure no one pulls the wrong lever by mistake.

THE ISSUES

Budget YES Medicare YES Defense NO Abortion YES Guns NO Gays YES Bosnia YES NAFTA NO Welfare YES Medical Leave NO (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “Clearly, the only difference between partial-birth abortion…and homicide is a mere three inches.”

MIKE CANADY (D) District 12

BORN: June 29, 1935, Lakeland EDUCATION: Lakeland Senior High School, diploma, 1954 FAMILY: Wife, Elaine; one child RELIGION: NR MILITARY: Army, 1958-60; Army Reserve, 1960-75 OCCUPATION: Engineering consultant; construction coordinator; machine operator POLITICAL CAREER: None ADDRESS: P.O. Box 992, Lakeland 33802. Tel.: 941-294-0908

It’s not quite Family Feud, but the Canady cousins’ race should make for interesting Thanksgiving dinner conversation. Mike calls himself “superconservative” on fiscal issues, though he vows to fight cuts in Social Security and Medicare. And he offers a more liberal perspective on social issues than Charles: Mike is pro-choice and says the people of the district are willing to spend more on the environment, citing a 1994 referendum in which the people of Polk County voted to raise property taxes to buy $20 million worth of “environmentally sensitive” land.

THE ISSUES Budget YES Medicare NO Defense YES Abortion NO Guns YES Gays YES Bosnia NO NAFTA NO Welfare YES Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “I had the name first.”

SANFORD GORDON (D) District 13 (Southwest–Sarasota and Manatee counties; Sarasota; Bradenton)

BORN: June 23, 1924, Newark, N.J. EDUCATION: New York U, B.S., 1947, M.A., 1948, Ph.D., 1953 FAMILY: Wife, Alice Pressman; two children RELIGION: Jewish MILITARY: Army Air Corps, 1942-44 OCCUPATION: University administrator; professor; author POLITICAL CAREER: Candidate for Oneonta, N.Y., city council, 1958 ADDRESS: 7127 Fairway Bend Lane, Sarasota 34243. Tel.: 941-351-1255

Economists may have a reputation for being conservative, but Gordon, 72, a professor of “the dismal science,” says he wants to increase environmental regulation and funding for national parks. A perhaps unwise position in this heavily seniored district is his desire to gradually cut Social Security payments and increase the eligibility age.

THE ISSUES Budget NO Medicare NO Defense YES Abortion NO Guns YES Gays NO Bosnia NO NAFTA YES Welfare NO Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “If they want to cut costs, why have they passed a budget resolution that provides $12.4 billion more for defense than the Pentagon asked for?”

DAN MILLER (R) District 13

BORN: May 30, 1942, Highland Park, Mich. EDUCATION: U of Florida, B.S., 1964; Emory U, M.B.A., 1965; Louisiana State U, Ph.D., 1970 FAMILY: Wife, Glenda Darsey; two children RELIGION: Episcopalian MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Businessman; professor POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House, 1992- ADDRESS: P.O. Box 743, Bradenton 34206. Tel.: 941-749-5522

A fiscal conservative and social moderate, Miller worked to scale back a proposed expansion in education funding in 1994 and supported the 1995 G.O.P. proposal to cut federal spending $894 billion. But he also voted for the assault-weapons ban and against a parental-notification rule for abortions. It’s a record that is consistent with the conservative voting patterns of his district.

THE ISSUES

Budget YES Medicare YES Defense YES Abortion YES Guns NO Gays YES Bosnia YES NAFTA YES Welfare YES Medical Leave NO (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “It is hard to get fiscal responsibility in education, because it sounds like you are arguing against motherhood and apple pie.”

PORTER GOSS (R) District 14 (Southwest–Lee and Collier counties; Cape Coral; Fort Myers; Naples)

BORN: Nov. 26, 1938, Waterbury, Conn. EDUCATION: Yale U, B.A., 1960 FAMILY: Wife, Mariel; four children RELIGION: Presbyterian MILITARY: Army, 1960-62 OCCUPATION: Businessman; CIA agent; newspaper founder POLITICAL CAREER: Sanibel city council, 1974-80, mayor, 1975-77, 1981-82; Lee County commission, 1983-88; U.S. House, 1988- ADDRESS: P.O. Box 517, Fort Myers 33902. Tel.: 941-337-3445

Goss has run unopposed in two elections and handily won the other two. Along with the usual conservative Republican agenda, he secured construction this year of a veterans’ hospital in Fort Myers for the more than 150,000 veterans in his district. And for his well-heeled coastal constituency, and perhaps the district’s tourism economy, he fights against off-shore drilling.

THE ISSUES

Budget YES Medicare YES Defense NO Abortion YES Guns YES Gays YES Bosnia NO NAFTA YES Welfare YES Medical Leave NO (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “The assault-weapons ban was a hoax perpetrated by special-interest groups who were trying to convince people that such weapons were involved in crime in this country.”

JIM NOLAN (D) District 14

BORN: Feb. 11, 1967, Auburn, N.Y. EDUCATION: Cornell U, B.S., 1989 FAMILY: Wife, Amy; one child RELIGION: Roman Catholic MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Insurance agent; teacher POLITICAL CAREER: None ADDRESS: 426 Harvey Street, Punta Gorda 33950. Tel.: 941-575-6157

In what the local press calls a David-and-Goliath matchup, Nolan is definitely not Goliath. He has chosen to run his first political race against an incumbent he admits is “a popular guy” so that he can fight for entitlements and family values. Nolan believes it’s important to balance the federal budget, but not at the expense of Medicare, school lunches, food stamps and public education. Although a former environmental-education teacher, he can’t count on environmental advocacy as a pebble in his slingshot, because the popular guy is an advocate too.

THE ISSUES

Budget NO Medicare NO Defense YES Abortion YES Guns YES Gays NO Bosnia NO NAFTA YES Welfare NO Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “I have a problem with pro-lifers who say they want mothers to have children, but aren’t willing to step up and provide help with insurance and child care.”

JOHN BYRON (D) District 15 (Central–Brevard, Osceola and Indian River counties; Palm Bay; Melbourne)

BORN: May 22, 1937, Omaha, Neb. EDUCATION: U of Washington, B.S., 1965 FAMILY: Wife, Bettie; five children RELIGION: Roman Catholic MILITARY: Navy, 1956-93 OCCUPATION: Submarine commander; business manager POLITICAL CAREER: None ADDRESS: 541 East New Haven Avenue, Melbourne 32901. Tel.: 407-952-8550

In an Army-Navy matchup in space territory, this former submarine commander hopes to surgically remove his first-term incumbent opponent. Byron stresses educational issues, especially supporting federal student-aid programs. A private-school graduate himself, Byron opposes efforts to spend public funds to send students to private schools.

THE ISSUES

Budget NO Medicare NO Defense NO Abortion NO Guns YES Gays YES Bosnia NO NAFTA YES Welfare YES Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “I think there needs to be a wall between church and state…I don’t think you can make the public schools better by taking money away from them [with school vouchers for private schools].”

DAVE WELDON (R) District 15

BORN: Aug. 31, 1953, Amityville, N.Y. EDUCATION: State U of New York at Stony Brook, B.S., 1978; State U of New York at Buffalo, M.D., 1981 FAMILY: Wife, Nancy; one child RELIGION: Christian MILITARY: Army Medical Corps, 1981-87; Army Reserve, 1987-92 OCCUPATION: Physician POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House, 1994- ADDRESS: P.O. Box 968, Melbourne 32902. Tel.: 407-676-6400

As a former army physician and as a Representative of the district in which the Kennedy Space Center is located, Weldon was a natural for the House Science Committee, where he is vice chairman of the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee. He has brought home money to expand NASA facilities at the space center and half a million dollars to plan Brevard County beach restoration.

THE ISSUES

Budget YES Medicare YES Defense NO Abortion YES Guns NR Gays NR Bosnia YES NAFTA NR Welfare YES Medical Leave NR (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “Congress is finally getting serious about the business of balancing the budget. This means that, in the future, we could have the resources for renewed investment in our space program.”

MARK FOLEY (R) District 16 (Central–coastal Martin, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties)

BORN: Sept. 8, 1954, Newton, Mass. EDUCATION: Palm Beach Community College, 1973-75 FAMILY: Single RELIGION: Roman Catholic MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Real estate broker; restaurant owner POLITICAL CAREER: Lake Worth city commissioner, 1982-84; Florida House, 1991-93, Senate, 1993-94; U.S. House, 1994- ADDRESS: P.O. Box 30505, Palm Beach Gardens 33420. Tel.: 561-684-9001

With the exception of his pro-choice stance, Foley was a mainstream conservative his first term. He helped pass legislation to speed the deportation of nonviolent illegal immigrants serving sentences in federal prisons, and was the only Representative from Florida to earn an A from the National Taxpayers Union for his votes to cut federal spending in 1995.

THE ISSUES

Budget YES Medicare YES Defense YES Abortion YES Guns NR Gays NR Bosnia YES NAFTA NR Welfare YES Medical Leave NR (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “We come up with gimmicks like ‘three strikes and you’re out.’ What’s wrong with the first strike?…Why not put them away the first time?”

JIM STUBER (D) District 16

BORN: July 17, 1948, Warren, Ohio EDUCATION: U of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1970; Columbia U, M.A., 1972; Georgetown U, J.D., 1976 FAMILY: Divorced RELIGION: Episcopalian MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Lawyer POLITICAL CAREER: Sought Democratic nomination for U.S. House, 1994 ADDRESS: 2831-D Exchange Court, West Palm Beach 33409. Tel.: 561-686-9883

Stuber, whose father was a steel-worker and fire fighter, worked his way through college as a scholarship student. And in keeping with his background, he focuses on education, including funding for Head Start and Pell grants. He also supports Americorps, President Clinton’s national-service program, and advocates a penny-a-pound tax on sugar to fund the cleanup of the Everglades.

THE ISSUES

Budget NO Medicare NO Defense YES Abortion YES Guns YES Gays YES Bosnia NO NAFTA NO Welfare YES Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “Investing more to educate our youth will be key to restoring our competitiveness in the international economy and providing a fair society where all our young people have equal opportunity to compete and prosper.”

CARRIE MEEK (D) District 17 (Southeast–parts of North Dade County, parts of Miami, Carol City)

BORN: April 29, 1926, Tallahassee EDUCATION: Florida A&M U, B.S., 1946; U of Michigan, M.S., 1948 FAMILY: Divorced, three children RELIGION: Baptist MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Educational administrator, teacher POLITICAL CAREER: Florida House, 1979-82, Senate, 1982-92; U.S. House, 1992- ADDRESS: 720 Northwest 62nd Street, Miami 33127. Tel.: 305-759-8030

Meek, a daughter of sharecroppers and a granddaughter of slaves, ignited a small fire storm when she used a one-minute speech to question the propriety of a Newt Gingrich book deal. Republicans had her remarks struck from the Congressional Record, but that hasn’t quelled her ardor for the underdog, whom she continues to champion by promoting federal jobs programs.

THE ISSUES

Budget NO Medicare NO Defense NO Abortion NO Guns YES Gays NO Bosnia NO NAFTA YES Welfare NO Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “We black folk should never forget that our forefathers were slaves.”

WELLINGTON ROLLE (R) District 17

BORN: Jan. 17, 1933, Pompano EDUCATION: Florida A&M U, 1950-51, 61-63 FAMILY: Divorced, one child RELIGION: Protestant MILITARY: Air Force, 1951-61 OCCUPATION: Business consultant POLITICAL CAREER: Candidate for Dade County commission, 1972, 1976, 1978; candidate for Miami mayor, 1973; candidate for Florida House, 1979 ADDRESS: P.O. Box 420201, Allapattah Station, Miami 33142. Tel.: 305-634-0747

Rolle, an African American who has lived in the 17th District nearly all his life, says he is concerned that too many retail and service-sector jobs have been taken from longtime black residents of the district by recent immigrants. He thinks the disparity can be alleviated if these old-line residents could get small-business loans. Rolle has a long history of civic involvement, but given the district’s overwhelming Democratic slant, he will have his work cut out for himself in November.

THE ISSUES

Budget YES Medicare YES Defense NO Abortion YES Guns NO Gays NO Bosnia YES NAFTA NO Welfare YES Medical Leave NO (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “The black community is naturally conservative.”

ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN (R) District 18 (Southeast–parts of Dade County; part of Miami)

BORN: July 15, 1952, Havana, Cuba EDUCATION: Miami-Dade Community College, A.A., 1972; Florida International U, B.A., 1975, M.S., 1987 FAMILY: Husband, Dexter Lehtinen; two children, two stepchildren RELIGION: Roman Catholic MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Teacher; private-school administrator POLITICAL CAREER: Florida House, 1982-86, Senate, 1986-89; U.S. House, 1989- ADDRESS: P.O. Box 52-2784, Miami 33152. Tel.: 305-460-3245 The first Cuban American in Congress, Ros-Lehtinen helped pass the Helms-Burton bill, which penalizes those who profit from property confiscated by the Castro regime. With no Democrat in the race, she will probably keep her seat.

THE ISSUES

Budget YES Medicare YES Defense YES Abortion YES Guns YES Gays YES Bosnia YES NAFTA NO Welfare NO Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “[A]n anti-immigrant sentiment is growing from an unreal perception that immigrants only come to the United States to take advantage of our generous society and become a burden on the state…Nothing could be further from the truth.”

BEVERLY KENNEDY (R) District 19 (Southeast–parts of Palm Beach and northern Broward counties; Boca Raton)

BORN: Sept. 23, 1943, Pittsburgh, Pa. EDUCATION: Pennsylvania State U, B.S., 1964 FAMILY: Husband, Ed; four children RELIGION: Jewish/Christian MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Financial consultant; radio-talk-show host POLITICAL CAREER: Candidate for Fort Lauderdale city council, 1988, 1991; Republican nominee for U.S. House, 1992, 1994 ADDRESS: 3240 Seaward Drive, Pompano Beach 33062. Tel.: 800-696-6566

Is the third time the charm? A vanquished G.O.P. nominee in 1992 and 1994, Kennedy is banking on it. She stresses judicial reform to increase victims’ rights and advocates a “simpler and fairer” tax system with lower taxes for seniors. Kennedy is also strongly pro-Israel and opposes the sale of advanced weapons to Israel’s neighbors.

THE ISSUES

Budget NR Medicare NR Defense YES Abortion YES Guns YES Gays YES Bosnia NO NAFTA YES Welfare NR Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “Since 1992 I’ve been running for Congress to try to use my applied knowledge of financial planning.”

ROBERT WEXLER (D) District 19

BORN: Jan. 2, 1961, Queens, N.Y. EDUCATION: U of Florida, B.A., 1982; George Washington Law School, J.D., 1985 FAMILY: Wife, Laurie; two children RELIGION: Jewish MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Lawyer POLITICAL CAREER: Florida Democratic executive committee, 1987-90; Florida Senate, 1991- ADDRESS: 2500 North Military Trail, Suite 288, Boca Raton 33431. Tel.: 407-241-8114

Wexler is traditionally liberal in many ways: he favors the assault-weapons ban and opposes school prayer and the balanced-budget amendment. However, in his past three years as a state Senator he proposed that chastity and sobriety be taught in public schools and that rapists have their sex drives chemically lowered on the second offense and to allow judges to impose a death sentence on the third–though he has altered his position and now calls for tough sentences instead.

THE ISSUES

Budget NO Medicare NO Defense YES Abortion NO Guns YES Gays NR Bosnia NO NAFTA NO Welfare NO Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “I may be saying things that a lot of other elected officials aren’t saying, but it squarely fits with what my constituents are thinking.”

PETER DEUTSCH (D) District 20 (South–southern and western Broward County; Hollywood; the Keys)

BORN: April 1, 1957, The Bronx, N.Y. EDUCATION: Swarthmore College, B.A., 1979; Yale U, J.D., 1982 FAMILY: Wife, Lori; two children RELIGION: Jewish MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Lawyer; nonprofit-organization executive POLITICAL CAREER: Florida House, 1983-92; U.S. House, 1992- ADDRESS: P.O. Box 817689, Hollywood 33081. Tel.: 954-680-4903

Deutsch moved from Yale law school to Florida in June 1982 and was elected to the state House that fall. He hasn’t looked back. Now a two-term Congressman, Deutsch is pro-Israel and pro-environment. He has a reputation for abrasiveness, but he’s also a tenacious supporter of local interests, which should work in his favor this fall.

THE ISSUES

Budget NO Medicare NO Defense YES Abortion NO Guns YES Gays NO Bosnia NO NAFTA NO Welfare NO* Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “I don’t feel comfortable giving the sanction of the state to homosexual marriages…I don’t think that conflicts with my efforts to end discrimination against homosexuals in…other areas.”

JIM JACOBS (R) District 20

BORN: Dec. 6, 1934, Chattanooga, Tenn. EDUCATION: Tennessee Technological U, B.S., 1961 FAMILY: Wife, Sandy; three children RELIGION: Protestant MILITARY: Navy, 1953-57; Naval Reserve, 1957-69 OCCUPATION: Marine-services executive POLITICAL CAREER: None ADDRESS: 300 Torchwood Avenue, Plantation 33324. Tel.: 954-723-0906

Jacobs is a Medicare and Social Security booster, hot-button issues for the district’s retirees. But he’s Republican in a strongly Democratic district. Pledges to make Washington more efficient by downsizing and eliminating unneeded agencies may help. But Jacobs, an avid golfer, may need a hole-in-one to take this race from popular incumbent Peter Deutsch.

THE ISSUES

Budget YES Medicare YES Defense NO Abortion YES Guns NO Gays NO Bosnia YES NAFTA NO Welfare YES Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “[T]he deficit is our generation’s equivalent of the flood. God could no longer tolerate the excesses of his children and warned the people, but they didn’t want to listen, and we know what happened.”

LINCOLN DIAZ-BALART (R) District 21 (Southeast–part of Dade County; Hialeah)

BORN: Aug. 13, 1954, Havana, Cuba EDUCATION: U of South Florida, B.A., 1976; Case Western Reserve U, J.D., 1979 FAMILY: Wife, Cristina; two children RELIGION: Roman Catholic MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Lawyer POLITICAL CAREER: Florida House, 1987-89, Senate, 1989-92; U.S. House, 1992- ADDRESS: 9737 Northwest 14th Street, No. 131, Miami 33173. Tel.: 305-470-8555

In February Cuba shot down two U.S. civilian planes flown by anti-Castro pilots who lived in Diaz-Balart’s district. Like much of the large local Cuban-American population, he is staunchly anti-Castro and pro-Helms-Burton Act, which denies foreigners who profit from Cuba-seized American property the right to visit the U.S. He has no Democratic opponent.

THE ISSUES

Budget YES Medicare YES Defense NO Abortion YES Guns YES Gays YES Bosnia YES NAFTA NO Welfare NO Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “The message Castro sent the Cuban people by those murders…was clear: ‘If I can murder Americans over international waters, imagine what I can do to you.'”

KENNETH COOPER (D) District 22 (Southeast–coastal Broward, Dade and Palm Beach counties; Fort Lauderdale)

BORN: Jan. 8, 1953, Miami EDUCATION: Broward Community College, A.A., 1973; U of Florida, B.S., 1975; Nova U, J.D., 1983 FAMILY: Single RELIGION: Protestant MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Lawyer; banker POLITICAL CAREER: Sought Democratic nomination for U.S. House, 1992 ADDRESS: 400 Southeast 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale 33316. Tel.: 954-522-1647

No district in the nation has more people over 65 than the 22nd, and Social Security and Medicare are hot-button issues here. Cooper stresses his commitment to both programs. To fight crime, another important topic for seniors, he wants more street-patrolling police and tougher gun-control laws.

THE ISSUES

Budget NO Medicare NO Defense YES Abortion NO Guns YES Gays YES Bosnia NO NAFTA NO Welfare YES Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “I support a person’s privacy, including a woman’s right to choose. It isn’t up to the government to tell a woman how to run her life.”

E. CLAY SHAW JR. (R) District 22

BORN: April 19, 1939, Miami EDUCATION: Stetson U, B.S., 1961, J.D., 1966; U of Alabama, M.B.A., 1963 FAMILY: Wife, Emilie; four children RELIGION: Roman Catholic MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Lawyer POLITICAL CAREER: Fort Lauderdale associate municipal judge, 1969-71, mayor, 1975-80; U.S. House, 1980- ADDRESS: P.O. Box 2188, Fort Lauderdale 33303. Tel.: 954-527-1992

During his eight terms in the House, Shaw has enjoyed solid support from this “gold coast” district. His work on this year’s historic welfare-reform bill–as chair of the Ways and Means Subcommittee for Human Resources he added a provision to deny benefits to nonnaturalized legal immigrants–should help. Last year Shaw sponsored a measure to cut back on the earned-income tax credit.

THE ISSUES Budget YES Medicare YES Defense NO Abortion YES Guns YES Gays YES Bosnia YES NAFTA YES Welfare YES Medical Leave NO (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “It’s going to be scary for [welfare recipients] to come over from a life of receiving a check for doing nothing…But in the long run they’ll be much better off.”

ROBERT BROWN (R) District 23 (Southeast–parts of St. Lucie, Martin, Broward and Palm Beach counties)

BORN: May 27, 1955, Fort Lauderdale EDUCATION: Atlantic High School, diploma, 1974 FAMILY: Wife, Darlene Nimey; two children RELIGION: Orthodox Catholic MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Farmer; cattle rancher; construction surveyor POLITICAL CAREER: Candidate for Boynton Beach mayor, 1992 ADDRESS: 2710 North Seacrest Boulevard, Delray Beach 33444. Tel.: 407-732-1331

Brown, an orthodox Catholic but unorthodox Republican, says he wants to balance the federal budget through large funding cuts in the EPA, the CIA and the Departments of Energy and Commerce, and smaller ones in welfare, Medicaid and Medicare. He also wants the U.S. to withdraw from the United Nations and to “farm out prisoners to third-world countries.”

THE ISSUES

Budget YES Medicare YES Defense YES Abortion YES Guns YES Gays YES Bosnia NO NAFTA NO Welfare YES Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “I know the Democrat dogs of declivity howl at Rome. We do not wink at corruption, and government should not expect us to do so.”

ALCEE HASTINGS (D) District 23

BORN: Sept. 5, 1936, Altamonte Springs EDUCATION: Fisk U, B.A., 1958; Florida A&M U, J.D., 1963 FAMILY: Divorced; three children RELIGION: African Methodist Episcopal MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Lawyer; judge POLITICAL CAREER: Democratic nominee for Florida Secretary of State, 1990; U.S. House, 1992- ADDRESS: P.O. Box 9352, Fort Lauderdale 33310. Tel.: 954-730-7322

In 1989 the Senate impeached Hastings, then a district court judge, for, among other things, taking a $150,000 bribe–even though a 1983 criminal trial on the same charge had brought an acquittal. Many in the 23rd felt Hastings was treated unfairly, and he has had no problem winning two House terms. In Congress Hastings has a strongly liberal record; he recently won a $210 million allotment to help restore the Everglades.

THE ISSUES

Budget NO Medicare NO Defense NO Abortion NO Guns YES Gays NO Bosnia NO NAFTA YES Welfare No Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “Succeeding is the best revenge. My goal was to get beyond people viewing me as an impeached judge. I think I’ve accomplished that in grand style.”

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