Southerland tackles issues with Gulf County high schools


Representative Steve Southerland visited Wewahitchka and Port St. Joe High Schools for a question and answer session on Monday.

Wes Locher | The Star
Published: Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 09:27 AM.

It pays to know your government.

Steve Southerland, Florida’s representative for the second congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, paid a visit to Wewahitchka and Port St. Joe High Schools on Monday to introduce himself to students and give an overview of the responsibilities to which take him to Washington D.C.

“He’s a man of integrity and he’s one of us,” said executive secretary to the Superintendent Mary Lou Cumbie, as she introduced Southerland in Port St. Joe. “He’s an honest, hardworking man and we consider him a friend of ours.”

Southerland, elected in 2010 and who currently serves 14 counties with more than 700,000 residents, encouraged students to be aware of the issues facing the nation, saying that it’s only by being aware of them that they can be involved.

“Some say that they’re not interested in politics,” said Southerland. “But politics is interested in you.”

After polling the crowd to see which students had visited Washington D.C., Southerland encouraged everyone to visit and while in town, make it a point to see the war memorials.

Southerland explained that one of his priorities is ensuring that veterans are properly taken care of after serving the country. He shared the experience of a recent “Honor Flight” that took veterans who had never visited the Nation’s capital from Tallahassee to Washington where they toured the World War II memorial.

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