To the Editor:
In my class yearbook in 1978, most people wrote things like "hope to see ya over the summer."
Gary Aubuchon, at 16 years old, wrote this: "You have a good head Kathy, and with your abilities you'll go far."
His leadership skills were emerging even then. He was a good student, started working at a young age and got involved in every activity he could squeeze into a day. He not only held a core belief in the American way that he could do anything if he put his mind to it, but he encouraged everyone else to believe in it, too.
Aubuchon headed south after college with nothing but a work ethic, strength of character, and confidence in himself, which I have encountered in few people in my lifetime. He has since built a successful business in Southwest Florida and navigated it through tough times in one of the hardest-hit industries by using smart, conservative business practices.
I know Aubuchon still profoundly believes in the American way, and his sole reason for running for office is the opportunity to preserve and defend it at a time when some are questioning it. Combine that with his proven experience as a businessman, SWFL community leader and state legislator, and that is why I believe he is not only the right choice, but the right choice for the right reasons.
I would be honored to have him representing all of us as a U.S. congressman. Please vote for Aubuchon in the District 19 primary Aug. 14.