Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates Mary Thomas for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of Florida to oppose higher taxes. Mrs. Thomas is running for the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Rep. Gwen Graham.

Mary Thomas is an attorney and a member of Gov. Rick Scott’s administration. She currently serves as General Counsel at the Department of Elder Affairs where she manages and oversees the legal department of an agency that administers a $900 million budget.

“I want to congratulate Mary Thomas for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Until you take tax increases firmly off the table, real and lasting spending restraint is impossible,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

“The American people are tired of the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington, and they are looking for solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again. Signing the Pledge is the first step in that process.”

Candidates running for office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge requires these candidates to put their rhetoric in writing. It is offered to every candidate for state and federal office and to all incumbents. Nearly 1,400 elected officials, from state representative to governor to US Senator, have signed the Pledge.

“We are ecstatic about her commitment to the taxpayers of Florida. I challenge all candidates for FL-02 to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” continued Norquist.

ATR will continue to follow this race closely and will provide additional updates as more candidates sign the Pledge.