Florida Congressional District 18: Scott Franklin vs. Keith R. Hayden Jr.

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Okeechobee County – Monday, October 31, 2022: In Florida’s U.S. Congressional District 18 race, GOP incumbent Congressman Scott Franklin faces a challenge from No Party Affiliation (NPA) Keith R. Hayden Jr.

Okeechobee County is part of the 18th District.

Incumbent Republican Congressman Scott Franklin

Based on responses provided and/or compiled by Ballotpedia.org*

Scott Franklin was born in Thomaston, Georgia. Franklin served in the US Navy for 14 years and the US Navy Reserve for 12 years. degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1986 and an MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Franklin’s career includes working as a naval pilot in the US Navy and owning and operating a business.

Incumbent Scott Franklin defeated Jennifer Raybon, Wendy Schmeling, Kenneth Hartpence and Eddie Tarazona in the Republican primary for US House Florida District 18 on August 23, 2022.

Key votes: 117th Congress, 2021

* Cong. Franklin Voted NAY for the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 – Passed 220-210

* Cong. Franklin Voted NAY on For the People Act of 2021 – Passed 220-210

* Cong. Franklin voted NAY for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act – passed 228-206

* Cong. Franklin Voted NAY on SAFE Banking Act of 2021 – Passed 321-101

* Cong. Franklin voted NAY on the Build Back Better Act – passed 220-213

* Cong. Franklin Voted NAY for the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021 – Passed 218 to 211

* Cong. Franklin Votes YES on National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 – Passes 363-70

* Cong. Franklin Votes YES on COVID-19 Hate Crimes Bill – Passes 364-62

Key messages:

Congressman Franklin did not complete the Ballotpedia 2022 Candidate Connection questionnaire. The following key messages were compiled by Ballotpedia.

Franklin’s campaign site: “As a U.S. Congressman, Scott will advance President Donald Trump’s agenda to keep America great.” They will ensure that our nation builds a wall to keep our borders secure. He will defend the Second Amendment and fight for the unborn.”

Franklin criticized former Congressman Spano over the investigation into Spano’s alleged campaign finance violations. Franklin’s campaign website said, “With Scott Franklin in Washington, DC, Florida’s 15th congressional district will regain the trust, respect and integrity that the people of Central Florida deserve.”

Sources: Scott Franklin’s 2020 campaign website “Meet Scott Franklin” opened on August 14, 2020; YouTube, “Scott Franklin for Congress”, launched on August 14, 2020

Challenger (NPA) Keith R. Hayden Jr.

Based on responses provided and/or compiled by Ballotpedia.org*

Who you are?:
Keith R. Hayden Jr. (born April 12, 1975) is an American military veteran and businessman who resides in Florida’s 18th Congressional District in The City of Sebring, Highlands County Florida, who has announced his candidacy for the US House of Representatives for Florida. 18th Congressional District as an independent candidate with no party affiliation. He is a constitutional conservative. He is also an FCC licensed amateur extra radio operator, Call Sign W9OMW.

Three key messages:

  • A strong conservative who wants to go to work and fight for you.
  • A real voice for the people who live in the community, not a party puppet.
  • Let’s bring back family values ​​and put America first.

The public policy issues you are most interested in?:

Florida Agriculture and Water Supply, Economy and Inflation, Veterans Services, Health Care, Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security, 2nd Amendment Rights.

The biggest challenges for the US:

Food supplies and renewable alternative energy sources.
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