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Richard Thripp for Congress (#FL06) Interview with Tom Wells (#FL03), Progressive Democrats for 2020

This is a great interview! Thanks to Dr. Tom Wells for inviting me—21 minutes, recorded May 11, 2020.

A great interview between myself, Richard Thripp for Congress, and Dr. Tom Wells who is another progressive Democrat running for Congress in Florida’s 3rd district (Ocala, Gainesville, Palatka, Middleburg):

We covered a lot of important issues centering around the climate crisis, corporate bailouts, the future for our children and grandchildren, and how we will make a difference for Central Floridians and the whole United States of America if you elect us to Congress.

Please visit my campaign online at and donate here if you can:

#BlueWave #GreenNewDeal #M4A #FL6

Official Richard Thripp for Congress Campaign Announcement Email!

We sent this email out on May 6, 2020 to over 13,000 registered Democrats in Florida’s 6th district as an official campaign kick-off email.

Thank you all for your support, and to my volunteer Campaign Manager Emily Humphrey for designing/developing our new website,, and doing the technical work to make this possible! Great things are ahead.

We’ve had a great response to this announcement. Although we’ve suggested a $6 contribution for the 6th district, in the past 2 days we’ve had donations of $10, $25, $50, and $100 come in, as well as monthly recurring donations for $10 and $12, from voters all around the district. Thank you so much!

I am not taking a salary, and everyone is a volunteer in this campaign. We are not hiring consultants or paying for expensive software or platforms. We are investing when it’s needed, but we’re being very frugal about it and doing a lot with just a little. Your contribution is guaranteed to go far in the Richard Thripp for Congress campaign.

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Dear friend,

These are troubling times, and the Government has failed you. With an uncertain future in environmental protection, health care, and the economy, we can’t afford inaction anymore. You deserve a leader who’ll fight for our community and solve the problems we face every day.

My name is Richard Thripp, and I am asking for your support. We stand on the cusp of a generational election that’ll shape our community forever. My experience in finance and education means I have the skills to right the ship.

I cannot do this without you, however. Politics is a group activity, and it takes a community to demand the change they need. I promise you — I won’t be caught unprepared. If you can match my fervor with a donation of $6 for the 6th district, we can start this campaign off right.

Thank you,
Richard Thripp
Democratic Candidate for Congress in Florida’s Sixth District

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Daytona Beach News-Journal article about Alan Grayson’s Write-In Candidacy

It was nice talking with Eileen Zaffiro-Kean of The Daytona Beach News-Journal about Alan Grayson running as a write-in for Florida’s 6th Congressional district. Here’s their new article:

Alan Grayson to run in 6th District as a write-in, puzzling other candidates

Although it made no sense here, we liked Alan’s idea. My wife Kristy is running in the 2nd district.

Orange City resident Richard Thripp, who qualified to run in the race as a Democrat, is among those scratching their heads as to why Grayson is running as a write-in candidate.

Thripp, a 28-year-old adjunct professor of education for the University of Central Florida who has earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees, said Grayson’s move didn’t make sense. Thripp doesn’t see why the victorious Democrat would drop out of the race after August.

Thripp said he and Grayson discussed the matter on the phone and had a tense exchange about the need for the write-in candidacy.

“I told him you’re running in a district that doesn’t need that,” Thripp said.

In related news:

The ballot is set! It will be Richard Thripp and Clint Curtis as Democrats in the August 18, 2020 primary for Florida’s 6th Congressional district.

Michael Waltz, Republican incumbent, faces no primary challenger.

Alan Grayson is running as a write-in candidate because he doesn’t know what he’s doing.

There’s another write-in candidate, John Nolan, from DeLand.

Both write-in candidates will only be able to be voted for on the November 3, 2020 ballot, and there will be a blank line to write in their names.

Daytona Beach News-Journal Article About My Candidacy, January 21, 2020

The Daytona Beach News-Journal has released a January 21, 2020 article online about my candidacy: Michael Waltz has Orange City opponent in race for U.S. House seat

Check it out! A very nice article. See also my Ballotpedia survey for more.

This also appears in the Thursday, January 22, 2020 print edition of The Daytona Beach News-Journal, in the Local section on Page D3. The newspaper is available at many supermarkets and costs $2.00 to purchase. You can also see it at your local library.

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The hecklers and angry commentators are already in force in the comments section to the News-Journal’s Facebook post on their article. There is also this tweet that you can re-tweet on Twitter.