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Williams, democrats in D.C. for young officials event

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Florida House of Representatives
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Rep. Alan Williams (D)

By Sascha Cordner

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Tallahassee, FL – Four Democrat Florida legislators were in Washington D-C Friday. As Sascha Cordner reports, the politicians, ranging from ages 30 to 36, accepted an invitation to go to the White House for a reception, honoring young elected officials.

Before the reception, the four state Representatives, Dwight Bullard, Alan Williams, Joseph Abruzzo, and Martin David Kiar, will participate in a policy briefing with senior White House and Administration officials. Democratic Representative Martin Kiar of Davie says one of the main issues he wants to bring forth for discussion is the state's unemployment rate.

"Florida's unemployment rate is one of the highest in the entire nation, and I do want to talk to President Barack Obama and ask him what his thoughts are, and how he plans to address the unemployment rate as a whole, but particularly, for Florida."

Democratic Representative Alan Williams of Tallahassee says as a ranking Democratic member on the energy utilities committee, one of his main goals for the briefing is renewable energy.

"I also plan to hopefully have an opportunity to talk with them about some of the renewable energy plans that they have. We know that in the state of Florida, it's important that we continue to move the needle forward on renewable energy."

Other topics up for discussion include housing, immigration reform, and the economy.