Campaigning for McKalip
All politics are local, and if we wish to take back our nation, we must first start in our cities. The Republican Liberty Caucus of Tampa Bay (RLCTB) is taking on that task. In lieu of their regular meeting, they will host their monthly Regional Meeting at the campaign headquarters of Dr. David McKalip, who is running for St. Petersburg City Council, District 4 (bio and positions outlined below).
RLCTB will provide a catered pot luck lunch to all volunteers. Dinner will be provided by locally owned pizzeria Valentino’s Little Italy (http://facebook.com/valslittleitaly). To RSVP to the event, please visit and join: http://facebook.com/events/207089766081922/
The event will take place on Saturday, August 17th from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM (with dinner held afterwards) at McKalip Campaign Headquarters, located at: 431 Southwest Blvd North, Suite 101, Saint Petersburg, FL 33703.
About Dr. McKalip
Dr. David McKalip is a brain and spine surgeon who has lived in St. Petersburg since he was a few months old. He has a wife of 22 years and 3 kids, and is an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church. He has been practicing medicine privately in St. Pete since 2000. He has also been involved in organized medicine (the FMA, AMA, etc.) and fighting against Obamacare.
Dr. McKalip will work to lower taxes, return St. Petersburg from the “political class” and return it to the residents. He believes the well-connected that are controlling the city government are treating the people as “walking ATMs” to fund projects and grand vision for the city, who expect the people to pay taxes and keep quiet. Dr. McKalip has a history of fighting City Hall over mismanagement of taxpayer dollars, going back to 2006. He worked to get a property tax cap amendment on the ballot, but it was thrown out by an activist Florida Supreme Court.
Dr. McKalip wants to lower the cost of living for residents by reducing property taxes by $10 million and lowering the taxes the city levies on utility bills. He is the only candidate in District 4 who seems to actually understand the various city budgets. According to Dr. McKalip’s analysis, the city has $81 million in reserves above and beyond the rainy day and emergency funds required by law. He wants to use part of these reserves and future spending cuts to pay for the tax cuts, while using part of the excess to give government workers a modest raise (more if they agree to pension reform), and using the rest to begin filling the $325 million gap in unfunded pension and retiree benefits that no other candidates are willing to talk about.
He believes spending should be prioritized to core services: police, fire, roads, sewage, and parks. He believes that special projects are of a much lower priority and that the government needs to tighten its belt and live on less especially during lean economic times, the same as the rest of us.
A small business owner himself, Dr. McKalip has a history of fighting against business regulations that hamper small businesses, especially when there are carve outs for big businesses. He has fought to allow sign spinners, is fighting against electronic signage restrictions, and is a big proponent of allowing food trucks to operate in the city.
Dr. McKalip is the only candidate in this race who signed the Stop the Lens petition, and he also worked to gather petitions. He is against the plan to build a new pier on taxpayer dollars and is the only candidate to offer a real alternative, and one with no cost to the taxpayers. He proposes that the city lease the Pier to a private developer (with public use stipulations for fishing etc.) who can build and manage a new Pier that can be profitable on its own by meeting market demands, turning the Pier from a tax taker (in maintenance and subsidies to the businesses that operated there previously) to a tax payer. Similar arrangements have been very successful for the Chelsea Piers in Manhattan, as well as Bayfront Medical Center, and the Mahaffey Theater locally, to name a few.
Dr. McKalip has proposed a “Good Neighbor Reward Program” as an innovative way to put the citizens’ money back in hands and reduce government dependency. Instead of trying more expensive, failed government programs to help Their communities, he wants to reward residents who volunteer time to make the community a better place (volunteering with charitable organizations, being a Big Brother/Big Sister, helping a released prisoner succeed in society, tutoring children, helping the elderly, etc etc) with tax rebates, parking ticket forgiveness, or access to city amenities such as golf, Mahaffey Theater tickets, St. Pete Grand Prix tickets, or some of the Rays tickets the City gets for every home game. The program is designed to create a community of neighbors rather than a community dependent upon the government.
Dr. McKalip is opposed to a 14% sales tax increase (for a total of 8% that would be the highest in the state) or any other scheme to pay for light rail between St. Pete and Clearwater with government money. He believes it will operate at a loss, cause the bus system to lose even more money, increase congestion by taking away driving lanes, and is an all-around bad idea.
Dr. McKalip is against universal recycling, saying the people should be free to decide whether or not to pay for recycling on their own (he pays a private company to take his recycling), and points out that some cities who are adopting universal recycling have cut garbage pickup to once per week.
He is opposed to building a new stadium for the Rays at taxpayer expense, and thinks the Rays should honor the contract.
Dr. McKalip is completely against Red Light Cameras, for all the reasons ranging from the increase in rear end collisions, to due process concerns, to being simply another government fundraiser at the expense of the people.
Dr. McKalip writes a news blog at www.sunbeamtimes.com. He is also the creator of the “Founders Corner” monument in St. Petersburg, which pays homage to the principles of limited government upon which this nation was founded. You can visit it at the corner of 62nd Ave N and 4th St, or learn more at www.founderscorner.us.
He has the support of Senator Jeff Brandes, Republican State Committeeman Dan Tucker, former County Commissioner Nancy Bostock, Pinellas Republican Party Chairman Michael Guju, the Pinellas Hispanic Republican Club, and restauranteur Jon Le Budde, among many others.
Dr. McKalip has been active in the liberty community, worked to elect Dr. Ron Paul in the Republican primaries, would like to make St. Pete a drone-free zone, and is rumored to have Ron Paul and End the Fed stickers on his car. He is a gun owner and enjoys golf.
His campaign has raised approx. $35,000 so far, and he is a registered Republican.
To learn more about Dr. McKalip, please visit these pages:
About the Republican Liberty Caucus of Tampa Bay
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