Democratic Florida House nominee Barbara Cady is releasing her first campaign video on-line Thursday, attacking incumbent Republican state Rep. Mike La Rosa and introducing herself in the House District 42 race.

The 30-second video charges that La Rosa has failed to do anything to improve education, fix health care, or stand up to what the narrator calls “President [Donald] Trump‘s racism and Republican corruption.”

Cady then appears and says, “I’m running for state House to fight for our values. Let’s send Tallahassee a message this year: it’s time for something new.”

Cady, of Kissimmee, is challenging La Rosa, of St. Cloud, in HD 42, which covers most of Osceola County [excluding the northwest corner] and part of east Polk County. The district has a high Hispanic population, particularly of Puerto Ricans, which may be the reason for an allegation of “Trump’s racism,” following the president’s actions and comments toward Puerto Rico, unpopular among Puerto Ricans in Central Florida.

“When I’m talking with constituents, they want bold action to address the issues we face,” Cady stated in the release. “Mike La Rosa has been a yes-man for Tallahassee special interests these last six years. Voters are ready for something new – someone who will work for them and who shares their values.”

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