Defending the Second Amendment and reducing
healthcare costs top Harding’s conservative agenda
Joe Harding today announced that he has filed to become a candidate for the Florida House of Representatives in District 22. Harding, a conservative Republican and seventh generation Floridian who was born and raised in Williston, is a local business owner. The seat is currently held by Representative Charlie Stone, who will not be seeking reelection in 2020 due to term limits.
“I know and love this community,” said Harding. “I believe it’s the best place in the world to raise a family, start a business, and retire. I plan to fight every day to make sure it stays that way.”
Harding cites ending illegal immigration, outlawing sanctuary cities, and supporting agriculture as key components of his platform. Also topping his agenda are defending Second Amendment rights, protecting all human life, and addressing skyrocketing health insurance and prescription drug costs.
“Throughout my career, I have seen the negative impact of government overreach firsthand,” said Harding. “Wasteful government spending and growing bureaucracy do nothing but stifle innovation and job creation. Too much government involvement in the wrong issues is harmful, but so is inaction on issues like opioid addiction, which I’ve also had the experience of witnessing firsthand in friends and employees.”
Harding learned the value of hard work and good stewardship of resources in his large family of eleven siblings raised by his pastor father and homeschooling mother. While studying construction management at Florida International University, he worked multiple jobs to support himself, eventually working his way up into project management roles in which he managed multi-million dollar budgets, diverse clients, and demanding timelines. Currently, he owns and operates a lawn maintenance company and horse boarding and training facility.
Harding and his wife, Amanda, have three children. District 22 includes Levy County and part of Marion County.