by Javier Manjarres
The newly drawn 6th Congressional district in Northeast Florida is amping up to become one of the most watched Republican primary race in the whole state. Duval County Commissioner Richard Clark has announced that he will run for Congress in this district, joining already announced candidates Navy officer Ron DeSantis and businessman Craig Miller in primary the race.
On recent trip to Jacksonville, Clark sat down with the Shark Tank to discuss his candidacy. Clark is a husband and father of 2, and he runs a small family industrial cleaning business aside from his duties as county/city commissioner. He is also the Chairman of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, and is credited by many for saving taxpayers tens of millions of dollars from the Duval County budget.
Like other candidates running for Congress, Clark does not live within the exact boundaries of the district he is running in. For instance, Congressman Allen West lives outside of the district he currently represents as well as the district he is currently campaigning for.
Clark says that he lives a mere 500f t from living within the sixth congressional district and he will eventually live in the district he grew up in.
“Its home, its where we grew up , its where my family is from”
Clark was both an early supporter of Senator Marco Rubio and Governor Rick Scott, and is currently a staunch supporter of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Clark believes that it’s time for Republicans to coalesce behind Romney, and he also thinks that the contentious Republican primary race between current members of Congress Sandy Adams and John Mica, “will be a very close race.”
As candidates begin to disclose their first quarter fundraising numbers, Clark confidently stated that,”we may double everyone else,” a pretty confident statement considering the fact that donations have been hard to come by this election cycle not only because of the other congressional races in the area, but also because of the ongoing Republican presidential primary.
Clark also says that if and when he is elected to Congress, he will split his time in Jacksonville with his family and working in Washington, D.C. Clark considers himself a staunch fiscal conservative, and says he hasn’t ruled out living in his congressional office, in order to save money.