Thursday, June 25, 2009

Meeting Legislative Candidates

It's hard to believe that legislative candidates for the 2010 fall election are already out in the community meeting voters and raising money for campaigns. But regardless of what you might say about how early it seems, FHCA has been right in the thick of it, educating some of these early birds on our important long term care issues.

On Wednesday, June 24, Senator Jack Latvala, who is running for Senate District 16 (he previously represented a nearby area) visited Palm Garden of Clearwater and Administrator Roy Meredith and his staff provided a tour followed by sandwiches and sweets. Great job!

That evening we headed to Bradenton to the home of Senator Mike Bennett (R-21), where we joined FHCA Executive Director Emmett Reed and FHCA Vice President Nina Willingham at a fundraiser for Greg Steube (R), candidate for House District 67. Warm breezes off the Gulf and good food and drink enabled everyone to relax and meet the candidate, who is an Iraq war veteran and the son of the local sheriff. We look forward to having Greg visit some local nursing homes in the near future.

We encourage our FHCA members to invite their local legislators and 2010 candidates into your building to help educate them about the valuable work you do in caring for Florida's nursing home residents. First-hand visits are a great way to help them learn more about our long term care issues and help your residents and staff meet the lawmakers who impact their lives. You can visit the Members Only Legislative Section on the FHCA Web site for tips on how to conduct a successful legislative visit, and be sure to e-mail me an update and photos so we can share it with the rest of the membership.

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