Sayd Hussain, a 21-year-old Republican looking to challenge Democratic state Rep. Emily Slosberg in House District 91, says HOA reform and preventing elder abuse are two of his top priorities should he manage to flip the seat in 2020.
That’s according to a new interview Hussain conducted with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
“My main campaign focuses are reforming the HOA and condo associations in the state of Florida so that we can bring rights back to the homeowners so that people can feel comfortable in the homes that they live in,” Hussain told the paper.
“I do believe elder bullying is a real issue. It was covered by the press for a reason, so it has to be a pressing matter. I believe elderly people should also feel comfortable where they live. They shouldn’t have to be harassed by anyone in their own community.”
Hussain is attending Florida Atlantic University to pursue an environmental engineering degree and has interned at the White House.
The challenger also listed environmental issues as another primary focus of his campaign. Hussain told the Sun Sentinel he’s a moderate who is attempting to highlight areas where there is bipartisan agreement.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican or a Democrat. I’m avoiding issues that are extremely partisan. And even if I’m asked that, I go right in the middle. At the end of the day, this is a Democratic district and the only way for a Republican to win is to not go hardline on their party. You have to talk about things that nobody talks about.”
Indeed, a Republican has not mounted a challenge in HD 91 for several election cycles. Slosberg won the seat in 2016, taking over for her father, former state Rep. Irv Slosberg. She faced a write-in candidate that year but ran unopposed in the 2018 general election.
Hussain filed in the race in mid-October to attempt to change that. In the month-and-a-half since, he’s shown just $35 in contributions. Slosberg has raised $8,000 this cycle, adding another $100 loan back in May.