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I am excited to announce that I have filed as a Democrat for U.S. House in Florida’s 6th district for 2022!
We will be reusing @Thripp2020 for 20/20 vision this time.
We will once again put Medicare for All and more front and center!
More to come soon!
Paid for by Richard Thripp for Congress
Update: Although I did not make the cut, congrats to everyone who won! We filled the Board of Directors with left-wing Bernie Sanders Democrats.
My name is Richard Thripp and I am a 29-year-old Democratic activist in southwest Volusia County. I was elected to be the Chair of the Volusia County Democratic Party in December 2020, but stepped down in June 2021 due to an election challenge by my opponent, who discovered a notarial issue with the candidate oaths of myself and others that we were unaware of at the time. Nevertheless, I gained valuable experience in directing a large organization of volunteers and working with various stakeholders. In 2020, I ran for Congress (Florida’s 6th district) with no prior political experience, securing numerous endorsements including Florida for Bernie and Our Revolution Florida, receiving 284 small donations totaling $9,327, and recruiting over 100 volunteers. We achieved 48.5% of the vote in the Democratic primary. I am a strong supporter of a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, student loan forgiveness, and other progressive causes which were core planks of my congressional campaign. My wife Kristy and I have a 2-year-old son, Jonah. We are concerned about his future and other children as the climate crisis worsens.
Immediately prior to launching my congressional campaign, I completed my PhD in Education at University of Central Florida with specializations in instructional design and advanced statistics. My dissertation was on preservice teacher financial literacy and was republished by The International Society for Technology, Education and Science. I taught 11th grade U.S. History and 12th grade U.S. Government at a public high school from October 2020 to June 2021, and am a Florida certified teacher in 10 subject areas. Prior to being a classroom teacher, I taught hundreds of preservice teachers about educational technology as an instructor at University of Central Florida of a 3-credit hour course, EME 2040: Introduction to Technology for Educators, in mixed-mode and fully online modalities in 16-week and accelerated 6-week formats.
At this time, I am continuing to volunteer, to advocate for worthy causes, and to mentor political candidates such as John Navarra, a veteran 10th grade World History teacher who is running for Florida House District 26. I am running to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida in the July 17, 2021 elections to work with progressive Democratic activists and candidates throughout Florida and magnify our positive impact.
I have formed a business named Thripp Enterprises, LLC. There are a myriad of services I can offer including tutoring, dissertation editing, financial advice, notary / notary signing agent, political consulting, and instructional design, as well as training others to do the same. I enjoy some of these tasks more than others and will also have to consider what is most marketable.
I have stepped down as Chair of the Volusia County Democratic Party. Jewel and I had a great conversation yesterday. She will serve as Chair until December 2024 and I will remain an active party leader.
This is a joint statement from Richard Thripp and Jewel Dickson. Please welcome Jewel Dickson as our new Chair!
Yesterday, Jewel Dickson and I, on advice from our respective counsels, approved an amicable agreement that reinstates Jewel as Chair of the Volusia County Democratic Executive Committee. Susanne Raines will serve as State Committeewoman, and Evans Smith will continue as State Committeeman. New elections will be held on July 19, 2021, for the other three offices. At-large committee members appointed during my tenure, and approved by the DEC at large will also continue in office.
Because the applicants’ oaths to the Democratic Party were not appropriately notarized, the election of precinct captains in 2020 proved invalid. The individuals affected are, however, encouraged to apply to the appropriate committee for membership in the DEC. Their applications will be dealt with expeditiously, and, after approval by the DEC membership at large, they will be eligible to vote in the July 19 election. Specific instructions for application will be provided within the week.
I have asked that the following be included in a joint statement of party unity: “In stepping down in favor of Jewel Dickson as the Volusia County DEC Chair and asking the local and state party to recognize and support Susanne Raines as the state committeewoman, it is my hope we can move past the issues with the December 8, 2020, Volusia County Democratic Executive Committee election. I am pleased we were able to reach an equitable solution that allows us to focus our talents and energies on the elections in 2022.”
It was an honor to serve as Chair from December 8, 2020, to June 13, 2021. I will support Chair Dickson through the transition and I will continue to have an active role in electing Democrats who enact progressive legislation and policy. I strongly encourage others to join us.
Dr. Richard Thripp