Emma Collum: Taking action means just that!

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Florida Politics recently ran a column calling me out for raising campaign dollars in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas massacre and did so without the benefit of several key facts, nor asking my input.

Allow me to offer both now.

First, in the immediate wake, we used our team of supporters to raise funds for the families and victims. We turned our network of campaign supporters into a team of people who wanted to help the families and survivors of this horrific event. We attended and, in some cases, organized the rallies, listening sessions, vigils, and community leader roundtables, each of which changed all of us forever.


We heard loudly and clearly that we must have change. We must have action. And taking action means (follow the logic here) actually taking action.

Contrast our response — help our campaign win so we can be part of the solution — to that of County Commissioner (and my opponent) Chip LaMarca who, during two votes on the matter, miraculously had “technology problems” and was unable to cast a vote on two resolutions related to the Stoneman Douglas massacre.

Let me repeat that.

When it came time to vote his convictions — either in support of or in opposition to — resolutions related to gun safety, mental health funding, and rebuilding Stoneman Douglas High, LaMarca — who had been present for the entire Commission meeting via phone — suddenly went through a tunnel, entered a bad cell zone, dropped his phone in the toilet, or Lord knows what. Twice he was listed as present but did not vote. It must also be noted that immediately following the second vote, he somehow re-entered the modern world, exited that tunnel and, once again, miraculously found himself back in cellphone range. Technology problems solved!

Let’s be a little frank here; Chip LaMarca didn’t have technology problems, he had strength of spine problems.

I won’t make that mistake.

I stand by our effort to take real action. I stand firmly with the families. I stand firmly against the NRA and will continue to demand real common-sense gun-safety reform. I will continue to ask those who agree with me to help our campaign and donate to our efforts to oppose cowards like Chip LaMarca who would rather hide behind faulty cell service than vote his conscience — whatever that may be.


Emma Collum is a small-business attorney, President and Founder of Women’s March Florida, and a Democratic candidate for House District 93.

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  • Beth Freidland

    March 5, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    Your opponent is Stephanie Myers. Just sayin.

    • Tiffany

      March 7, 2018 at 11:34 am

      The mark of a true servant leader is one that takes a stand and doesn’t let themselves get dragged down into the gutter with negative people like this Emma Collum. Commissioner Lamarca issued a statement before the Board of County Commissioners even had these items on the agenda for grandstanding to the local press and activists. He will always have this NPA’s vote, no matter what he runs for, mostly because he’s always accessible and answers the tough questions (and I ask him plenty!)

  • Ryan

    March 6, 2018 at 11:11 am

    In a recent mailer she references district 94… I believe she’s also registered in district 94… just saying

    Also, If she were laying attention, Chip wasn’t the only one on the phone attending other county obligations. This loudmouth is so out of touch with reality and the process, she would be a huge liability for the constituents of district 93 (NINETY THREE).

    • Ryan

      March 6, 2018 at 11:16 am


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