Thank You

Thank You

I am so incredibly proud and grateful to be surrounded by such wonderful and dedicated individuals, people who wake up every day with a commitment to making this state a better place for man and animal alike. We were joined in this fight by hundreds of generous volunteers who helped propel this challenge to move from behind the speaker’s podium to behind the dais. That fight continues and its importance and urgency grows as every day passes.

This being our first attempt at storming the castle, it was truly a learning experience for all of us. Every time that we faced an obstacle, there were friends to help us over it. At times when it seemed we could not go on, folks like Katrina and Steve provided a leg up to reach a higher level. There were so many great friends that made this happen that I am reluctant to start naming them here. It will take me until Christmas to acknowledge everyone, from volunteers who collected petitions to phone bankers who called up through Election Day.

Some days you teach and some days you learn. Today we learned. We also have made a great friend in our next Senator Randy Bracy. I congratulate him as well as Senator Gary Siplin and Commissioner Bob Sindler on a hard fought campaign that focused on the issues without getting into negativity.

Together we pulled out a record number of primary voters. We gave voters choices that they had not previously had, largely due the League of Women Voters hard fought battle for fair districts. So we all won last night, our democracy won and the voters won.

Our next Senator Bracy and I have enjoyed a good relationship together even as we competed for the same office. I have offered to be his Vice Senator and help him establish a legacy as an environmental champion in the Florida Senate. He has agreed to carry our banner in Tallahassee and I encourage you to reach out and support him in that cause.

For now, I’m going to spend some much needed time with my loving and patient wife, Doris. She has sustained me in the realization of this dream – to run for public office. Now we have the time to travel and enjoy some quality time together.

It is time to rest, relax and reflect on the battles ahead. Thank you, my friends, and take heart – we are as committed to saving this state as the day we embarked on this journey.

Peace and Love to you all.

Election Day

Election Day

Election Day is finally here. Thank you to everyone that’s been a part of this campaign! I am honored by your support.

We’ll be at the Orange County Democratic Primary Watch Party at the Hammered Lamb tonight after polls close – hope to see you there!

Have you already voted? Not sure where to go? Find your polling place here: floridadems.org/vote Polls are open until 7pm. If you are in line, you will be allowed to cast a vote. Please take the time to go vote today, and bring friends.

Rick Scott’s Worst Nightmare

Rick Scott’s Worst Nightmare

Thank you to everybody that joined us last night at An Tobar. Your support makes me strong.

Election Day is just a few days away now. Have you seen our final commercial and closing message? I will be Rick Scott’s worst nightmare. Take a look:

TV commercial
Election Day is Tuesday, but you can early vote now. With Invest 99-L heading our way and maybe turning into a tropical storm or hurricane, please take the time to vote today. In Orange County, early voting locations will open every day through Sunday, 10am-7pm. You can vote at any location in the county.

Find an early voting location near you >>

Clean energy jobs

Clean energy jobs

Election Day is less than a week away now. We’re knocking doors, making phone calls and talking to voters every day. Hope to see you at the thank you party for all volunteers and donors at An Tobar Irish Pub in Maitland this Thursday from 6-9pm! Have you seen our second commercial on TV yet? Take a look:

Chuck O'Neal for Senate TV Commercial
Clean energy can mean jobs in our community, and lower electric bills in the mail. It’s a win-win.

Please chip in $5 or more by Thursday (the last fundraising deadline) to help us air our commercial to bring fresh energy to Tallahassee.

Our Children’s Future

Our Children’s Future

Almost there — Election Day is less than 2 weeks away! This week I had the honor of accepting endorsements from the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida and Emerge USA. I also launched our first TV commercial. “How can we expect to clean up our waterways when we keep electing politicians that are funded by the largest polluters in the state?”

As an environmentalist I’m in favor of recycling everything except politicians.

Please chip in $5 or more to help air our commercial to undecided voters in the district before Election Day, so we can elect fresh new voices in Tallahassee.

Chuck O’Neal Endorsed by Emerge PAC

Chuck O’Neal Endorsed by Emerge PAC

Chuck O’Neal is honored to announce that his campaign for Florida Senate 11 has been endorsed by Emerge PAC. We are proud to have the endorsement of Emerge USA in recognition of our work to protect the civil rights of all Americans.

Emerge PAC, which aims to endorse state and federal candidates based on their support for minority rights, civil rights, and the idea of a diverse America, rolled out a list of endorsements in several Central Florida races.

Chuck O’Neal has also been endorsed by Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida, Florida Young Democrats, SaveOrangeCounty, Orange County Democratic Disability Caucus, League of Humane Voters of Florida, Eric Rollings, Chair of Orange Soil & Water Conservation District and Johnny Miller, Mayor of Fernadina Beach.

Chuck O’Neal is a proud progressive Democrat, entrepreneur and environmental advocate. He directed the efforts of the League of Women Voters of Florida in passing 2014’s Amendment 1 – Florida’s Water and Land Legacy amendment, fought to stop the sale of conservation land from parks and wildlife refuges, drafted an early version of the Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act, drafted the Florida Black Bear Habitat Restoration bill and led the charge to stop the hunting of Florida Black Bears.

Chuck O’Neal Endorsed by Democratic Progressive Caucus

Chuck O’Neal Endorsed by Democratic Progressive Caucus

Chuck O’Neal is honored to announce that his campaign for Florida Senate 11 has been endorsed by the Democratic Progressive Caucus.

“Thank you for stepping up to run for Florida Senate District 11 and for representing our progressive values. We recognize it takes commitment and teamwork to drive a progressive agenda and look forward to working with you to make that a reality.”

Chuck O’Neal has also been endorsed by Florida Young Democrats, SaveOrangeCounty, Orange County Democratic Disability Caucus, League of Humane Voters of Florida, Eric Rollings, Chair of Orange Soil & Water Conservation District and Johnny Miller, Mayor of Fernadina Beach.

Chuck O’Neal is a proud progressive Democrat, entrepreneur and environmental advocate. He directed the efforts of the League of Women Voters of Florida in passing 2014’s Amendment 1 – Florida’s Water and Land Legacy amendment, fought to stop the sale of conservation land from parks and wildlife refuges, drafted an early version of the Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act, drafted the Florida Black Bear Habitat Restoration bill and led the charge to stop the hunting of Florida Black Bears.

You’re invited to our Thank You Party in Maitland Aug 25th

You’re invited to our Thank You Party in Maitland Aug 25th

Thank you so much to all the volunteers and donors that have powered my campaign so far! We’re almost to the finish line, August 30th is just a couple weeks away. I wanted to take a moment to look back at what we’ve done and celebrate together. Together we’ve knocked on thousands of doors and talked to voters across the district, spreading the word that Florida’s future starts today. Thanks to you.

Please join us for a thank you party at An Tobar Irish Pub in Maitland on Thursday August 25th, from 6-9pm.

All volunteers and donors from around the state are invited! If you’d like to help out but haven’t had the chance to pitch in yet, you can sign up now as a volunteer to make phone calls, knock on doors, hang doorhangers, or host a house party in the final days of the campaign.

Hope to see you in Maitland, and to represent you in Tallahassee next year. As an environmentalist I’m in favor of recycling everything except politicians.

P.S. Don’t have the time to volunteer? Please chip in $5 or more to our progressive people-powered campaign today.

Chuck O’Neal Endorsed by Florida Young Democrats in State Senate 11 Race

Chuck O’Neal Endorsed by Florida Young Democrats in State Senate 11 Race

Young Democrats Support Proud Progressive in State Legislative Race

Apopka, Fla. – Chuck O’Neal, Democratic candidate for State Senate District 11, announced he has earned the endorsement of the Florida Young Democrats in the primary election.

“Chuck O’Neal is a champion for environmental justice in Florida,” said Ricky Nettina, President of Florida YoungDemocrats. “Chuck has fought vigorously for policies that protect and preserve our state’s treasures from our springs to the Everglades. All the while, he continues to run an admirable campaign with a robust, progressive platform—and has even employed several young people who each earn $15 an hour. Here is a man who walks the walk.”

“I am humbled by this endorsement from Florida Young Democrats,” said Chuck O’Neal. “Our future is bright when we have youth involved in our local and state races. I am eager to work with Florida Young Democrats to ensure that young people are elevated to leadership and that they have a voice in Tallahassee who will be an advocate for our shared progressive principles.”

Chuck O’Neal has also been endorsed by SaveOrangeCounty; Orange County Democratic Disability Caucus; League of Humane Voters of Florida; Eric Rollings, Chair of Orange Soil & Water Conservation District and Johnny Miller, Mayor of Fernadina Beach.

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Chuck O’Neal Endorsed by SaveOrangeCounty

Chuck O’Neal Endorsed by SaveOrangeCounty

APOPKA, FL — Chuck O’Neal announced today that his campaign for Florida Senate 11 has been endorsed by SaveOrangeCounty, a grassroots environmental group striving to stop urban encroachment into rural and natural areas of Orange County.

“The SaveOrangeCounty, Inc. Board of Directors is pleased to report we fully endorse your candidacy for the Florida Senate 11 race. By a recent unanimous vote by the SaveOrangeCounty, Inc. Board of Directors we determined that your demonstrated strengths as a community advocate and willingness to be responsive to residents makes you the ideal candidate for the Florida Senate 11 race. This becomes extremely important in the Florida Senate 11 race as you are a recognized strong advocate for environmental protection and sustainability. Most importantly you actually listen to citizen concerns and are not beholding to the campaign funding of Developers pursuing urban sprawl.

The SaveOrangeCounty, Inc. organization has experienced what it is like when politicians support Developers “wants” over citizen “needs” in East Orange County. We need honest politicians willing to support the will of the people. We need your voice in the Florida Senate because you are recognized as someone that will always consider CITIZENS FIRST in all decisions.”

Chuck O’Neal has also been endorsed by the Orange County Democratic Disability Caucus, League of Humane Voters of Florida, Eric Rollings, Chair Orange Soil & Water Conservation, and Johnny Miller, Mayor of Fernadina Beach.

Chuck O’Neal is a proud Democrat, entrepreneur and environmental advocate. He directed the efforts of the League of Women Voters of Florida in passing 2014’s Amendment 1 – Florida’s Water and Land Legacy amendment, fought to stop the sale of conservation land from parks and wildlife refuges, drafted an early version of the Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act, drafted the Florida Black Bear Habitat Restoration bill and led the charge to stop the hunting of Florida Black Bears.

View the endorsement letter here. Learn more about Chuck by visiting http://chuckforflorida.com/

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