MANATEE — Two of the highest degrees that anyone can ever hope to earn are as a doctor of osteopathic medicine and a law degree, says Bob McCann, candidate for the District 67 House seat being vacated by the term-limited Ron Reagan.
McCann, a River Club resident, has both, but he says the best education is life experience.
McCann’s two opponents in the District 67 House of Representatives Republican Primary Aug. 24 are Greg Steube, 32, and Jeremiah Guccione, 33.
The 52-year-old McCann says he brings maturity to the race.
“The legislature needs adult supervision. We elect a lot of kids to the legislature. Do we want them to be stewards of your money?” McCann said.
He says the top issues are jobs and the economy. “You’ll hear that from every candidate,” McCann said.
He also places education in the top tier.
The challenges of a tough economy and dwindling tax money makes it important to spend education funding wisely, he said.
The priority should be to student-oriented funding. “There is no room for mediocrity and failure,” he said. “Everything else is subject to budget cuts if you ask me.”
McCann also frequently talks about pain management clinics, or “pill mills,” and the need to put them out of business. “They are killing our children,” he said.
He is running as a conservative, anti-tax candidate, who would like to streamline government regulations.
“Government needs to go on a fiscal diet and I would not support any tax increases under any circumstances,” McCann wrote in his candidate questionnaire completed for the Bradenton Herald.
Likewise, he would not support raising government fees, calling them a tax.
Although he has lived in Manatee County less than five years, McCann said this is where he wants to spend the rest of his life, and that he entered the District 67 race because he believes that he can make a difference.
McCann and his opponents all oppose Amendment 4, the so-called Hometown Democracy measure on the November ballot. McCann calls it “the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of.” It would place complex planning decisions in the hands of average citizens who don’t have the background to make an informed decision, he said.
The subject of offshore drilling frequently arises during the campaign, and McCann says he supports it in the Gulf of Mexico, near shore, and onshore, although oil rigs should not be allowed within sight of Florida beaches.
Asked about any surprises in the campaign, McCann said one of the biggest is the enormous expense of running.
James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee Editor, can be contacted at 745-7021.
Profile: Bob McCann
Birth date: Aug. 16, 1957
Occupation: osteopathic physician and attorney
Number of years living in community: 4 1/2