Florida Times-Union: Soderberg, Yarborough are solid choices

U.S. HOUSE, DISTRICT 6

Nancy Soderberg (D), Michael Waltz (R)

Our pick: Nancy Soderberg

Election Day: Nov. 6

Early Voting: Underway through Nov. 4

Candidate info: Find bios, questionnaires and news at www.jacksonville.com/election-news

When Ron DeSantis left his congressional seat to run for governor, he left a vacuum for newcomers.

One of them is Democrat Nancy Soderberg, a former ambassador who worked in the U.S. Senate and the White House.

In recent years Soderberg has been teaching students at the University of North Florida about foreign affairs.

She has been running for this congressional seat for about 14 months, knocking on doors and meeting people.

Her opponent is Republican Michael Waltz, who served as an advisor and policy director for counterterrorism in former President George W. Bush’s administration.

Waltz didn’t submit bio information or questionnaire replies to the Times-Union Editorial Board; he also declined to be interviewed by the board.

Soderberg said she would be an independent-minded Democrat in D.C.: for example, Soderberg has vowed not to vote for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to become House speaker if the Democrats gain control in November.

Soderberg said her proudest moment in public life was working on establishing a ceasefire in Northern Ireland; it remains in place 20-plus years later.

Soderberg said her main issues as a candidate are:

• Protecting health care coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.

• Safeguarding Social Security and Medicare.

• Working to create more sustainable, well-paying jobs in America.

About 70 percent of the district is located in Volusia County, which gave Donald Trump 54 percent of the vote in the 2016 presidential election.

So if elected, Soderberg would have a pragmatic reason to act in bipartisan fashion and work across the aisle.

We think that’s exactly what she would do in Congress.

District 6 voters should elect Soderberg.

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