September 2, 2020                                

Nicole Henderson


U.S. Congressional Candidate Phil Ehr Challenges Opponent Matt Gaetz to a Debate


PENSACOLA, FL — U.S. Congressional candidate, retired Navy Commander Phil Ehr, is challenging Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) in Florida’s 1st District to a series of debates.

Florida’s 1st district has not held a debate for the congressional seat in decades due to the hold Republicans had within this district until now. According to recent polling done by Lake Research Partners, Congressman Matt Gaetz is in a vulnerable position. The data shows that Gaetz has made himself extremely unpopular, showing weakness, especially among unaffiliated voters who will likely determine this election.

“Floridians deserve to hear from Matt Gaetz about why he thinks he deserves another term as our representative,” Ehr stated. “Elected officials are accountable to their constituents and I would expect nothing different once I am in office. It is our civic responsibility to showcase how we would represent those living in our district.”

Northwest Florida is still seeing an elevated number of Coronavirus cases, a looming job market, and uncertainty as it relates to when the area may  turn the curve. The current decision facing leaders is not about dollars and cents, it is about values and priorities. 

Ehr concluded, “It is wrong in the richest country in the world to watch our neighbors, our workers, our families--anybody in our communities-- go without food, without housing, without health care, without jobs when we are facing the greatest crisis of our lifetimes”.

About Phil Ehr:
Phil Ehr is a retired U.S. Navy commander and the Democratic nominee challenging Matt Gaetz for Florida’s 1st Congressional District. Phil is a husband, father, community volunteer, and veteran who rose from Seaman to Commander in a 26-year active duty career. Phil flew reconnaissance missions in the Cold War, Desert Storm, and the Balkans. He provided strategic advice to senior leaders in Washington, London, and NATO in the post Cold War and post 9/11 eras. Phil is fighting to restore honor and integrity to Northwest Florida’s representation. With your help, we will prevent, prepare for, and respond to the next national crisis.  We will build an economy that’s fair for working people, families, and small business, cradle to grave. We will correct failing policies on health care, education, the environment, and public safety. We will advance freedom, equality, liberty, and justice for all. We will fight corruption and incompetence to restore trust in American leadership. Join the “Ehr Force” today!