WINTER PARK, Fla. — With the latest fundraising reports released, Congressman John L. Mica leads all Central Florida congressional candidates with $416,000 cash on hand.
“District 7 is where my home is and it’s where I’ve lived for 43 years. I intend to continue representing and am actively seeking re-election to only District 7. Since entering Congress, I have represented District 7 and I will continue to focus on major transportation projects, veterans’ issues and projects to benefit our senior citizens which I have begun there.
“Specifically, in the 7th District, I will be focused on ensuring the success of the next leg of the I-4 expansion project beyond the current 20-mile reconstruction. To ensure that Central Florida citizens can get around their communities, I’ve launched an initiative to use the latest technology to better manage and expedite traffic. And, now, with the success launch of SunRail Phase 2, my efforts in the next three years will be to bring commuter rail service into the Orlando airport and begin other extensions of service.
“Most importantly, I am fully committed to keeping and expanding veteran services at Baldwin Park and the former naval hospital located in District 7.
“In Washington, in my 5th Leadership position, I will not be undeterred in my work to pursue federal program waste, fraud and abuse.
“These projects are not just important to me but are vital projects to our community and those who’ve served our country.
“I am excited about the upcoming campaign and completing some of the work I’ve begun during my service to the people of the 7th Congressional District.
Mica thanks his supporters and more than 6,000 contributors to date in campaigns over the past years. When his district dramatically changed in 2002, he defeated by a 60 to 40 margin, a self-funding, $5 million dollar, Democrat opponent and was outspent 3-to-1. In 2012, redistricting Mica defeated a Republican Primary opponent by nearly 25 percentage points. In the last election, with three primary opponents Mica garnered 72 percent of the vote.
“I am proud to have a group called Team Mica that we built in District 7, which is one of the best political teams in the State of Florida,” said Mica.