In their words: Candidates take gloves off as primary nears

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

Almost two weeks ago the Bronson Area Chamber of Commerce political rally was a pretty calm affair with candidates talking about themselves and what they would do to be elected.
Last Friday, in a political rally sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5625 the words were more heated in several races.
With three weeks left until the Aug. 14 party primaries, the candidates are making their final pitches in political forums around the county. One publicly announced forum remains, the Inglis Recreation Advisory Board Activities Committee's Candidate 'Meet and Greet' on Aug. 2.
In the race for the newly created Congressional District 3, write in candidate Kenneth Willey of Orange Park, Democrat J.R. Gaillot of Fleming Island, Republican Steve Oelrich of Gainesville and a representative for U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns of Ocala spoke.
Willey, who will be on the general election ballot, said, “I am of the political philosophy that we want to be left alone” by government. He said if he wants to go  to Washington, D.C., to send governing to the state and local government.

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