Charles Parker Opinion Column
In an email, Taylor said his polling suggests otherwise, noting, “(a) poll completed on April 17, two days before the Tea Party Event shows a very different story than the Tea Party Poll. This poll was conducted across all of District 2 and even breaks down the district into 9 key geographical areas.
“Although (the) headline declared it a two man race, it is not a two man race and I have provided the polling data to back up my claim. Our campaign team includes regular Republican guys and gals, homeowners, and small business owners, who are fiscal conservatives. And even some Tea Party members. We have built an effective ground game that is broad-based and competitive with Hartman’s Tea Party team. And we have sufficient campaign resources to match both Barfield’s personal donations and high profile donors.”
The confidential poll results, which Taylor shared exclusively with Brevard Times, show Taylor, Hartman, and Barfield in a statistical tie – with about 2/3 of voters undecided.
Tim Harber, a fourth candidate in the race, was not part of the polling, which was conducted by Gravis Marketing, a non-partisan research firm headquartered in Florida.
Barfield responded about his status in the race, “I am happy with where my campaign is today. We continue to build support everyday throughout Brevard County and our volunteers are dedicated to the campaign's success.”
Hartman, as well, said, "In my opinion, Mr. Parker's previous column stuck to the facts about Jim Barfield and myself. In relating the facts, he noted the differences between Jim and myself as to how we would conduct ourselves if elected District 2 Commissioner. I believe his previous column provided many pertinent facts that will assist the voters in making an informed choice in the upcoming election."
Harber, who was not mentioned in the opinion column, said, “I think we still have a long way to go before calling the race. Some of the candidates have made statements that are not based in reality and some wish to live with the status quo.
“I have a very large Realtor community behind me. 3800 plus members who have been waiting for the right time. I think if you attend this week’s Commission meeting you will see what we are capable of doing.”