Q: For the people who may not know you, who is Gavin Rollins?
A: I’m a small-town guy. I was Captain in the Florida National Guard, a veteran in the global war on terrorism, and I served under President Trump fighting terrorists in East Africa. After serving, I dedicated my career to education, where I serve as a History Teacher. I have a Masters Degree in education leadership. and I am passionate about making sure the next generation understands what it means to live in this great republic. I also served two terms on the Clay County commission and fought for our values leading efforts to term limit politicians, stand up for the second amendment, and implement tax-saving innovations.
Q: You’re a staunch conservative. In your opinion, what does it mean to be a conservative in 2020?
A: It means following the United States Constitution and making tough decisions to limit government and reduce the size and scope. It also means standing up for our fundamental values when they’re under attack. Anyone can say they’re for the Second Amendment, but when there’s a room full of angry liberals one needs to stand there!
Q: What made you want to run for Florida’s 3rd Congressional District?
A: I believe our nation is under attack from communism around the world and sadly socialism here at home. We need people who are going to go to DC and fight, not just collect a paycheck and wear a suit! I believe this is my generations’ great struggle. As a student and teacher of history, I am committed to doing my part in this great struggle.
Q: What issues are most important to you, and what will be the foundation of your platform?
A: National security, market-based reforms to healthcare and other programs, and returning power to the states.
Q: What’s the biggest issuing facing Florida right now?
A: Every Floridian is negatively impacted by overreach from the federal government, overly expensive health care, and Florida also has specific environmental concerns. Returning freedom to everyday citizens will help everyday Floridians!
Q: When it comes to candidates, you’re a bit of an anomaly. Unlike most people who are career politicians, your background is one of service — both to country and community. Do you think it’s important to have more candidates like this in our political process?
A: Every election cycle you hear politicians promising the world and talking about how they’re going to do all these things, My simple question is what have you already done? what’s your record.. have you been a fighter? Have you stood up for our values...have you been in the arena?
Q: You’re a big proponent of the 2nd Amendment. Why is the right to keep and bear arms so important?
A: The right to keep and bear arms protects all the other rights, and is very clearly written in the constitution. As an example, I believe in the right of a pregnant mom trying to defend her home from an intruder and to defend herself with an AR-15.
Q: You’re also a fervent Trump supporter. What do you like most about him, and will you be voting for him in 2020?
A: I will absolutely be voting for our President again! The first time I voted for him was from a combat zone in East Africa. I like that he’s a fighter, a warrior and very decisive! I also like that he believes in a strong military but doesn’t use it to often, to engage in pointless foreign wars.
Q: You’re friends with some of the state’s best conservatives. Who are some of the top Republican leaders in the state?
A: Governor Ron DeSantis has done a great job of fighting for conservative values. I’m also a fan of the market-based solutions Speaker José Oliva has implemented. Congressman Matt Gaetz has also been a warrior in Washington!
Q: Who are some of your heroes?
A: Jesus Christ is the perfect model — strong but also the Prince of Peace. From history, I like figures like Ronald Reagan, Winston Churchill, and William Wilberforce. I love history because it informs us today.
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