The purpose of government is to maintain our rights and protect our citizens. Ethical standards, voter rights, respect for women, campaign finance reform, municipality protections of home rule, beach access — these are issues I am proud to support. Our rights and protections are worth fighting for.
I support Home Rule. To the extent possible, government should be as local as possible, because, in such a large and diverse state, the knowledge of local issues, problems, needs and indeed, solutions, is more likely to be found at the local level than to be imposed by a part-time legislature.
The 1986 FL Constitution granted broad home rule power to counties and municipalities. However, Tallahassee continues to assault those rights with frivolous ideas from controlling specific tree removal and vegetable gardens to much more serious and intrusive issues. Luckily HB 17 which would have prohibited local governments from adopting or imposing new regulations on businesses didn’t get to the floor, but a proposed constitutional amendment that expands homestead exemptions did and it will be on the ballot in November. If it passes it will reduce local revenue by an estimated annual $750+ Million, and many areas in the State will have difficulty in meeting their obligations.
We need to repeal SB631 that took away established customary rights to beach access.
I will support and protect the right to vote; we should make it easier to vote, not harder. I oppose the requirement to re-register for “VBM/Vote By Mail” every two years as a form of voter suppression. I support monitoring voter purges and strong measures to ensure accessible voting. We need a non-partisan commission to regulate gerrymandering. Our closed primary system disenfranchises unaffiliated voters and Florida is only one of 14 states with a late summer primary; both of which suppress the vote.
The ghost write-in Candidate has become a common ploy in Collier County, but it is use by both parties in different parts of the state and the process has disenfranchised millions of voters on both sides of the aisle. The current situation benefits politicians at the expense of the voters, harms our democracy and makes people less likely to vote because it creates more cynicism about the political process. Write-in Candidates don’t pay a filing fee or complete any financial disclosure forms, they don’t campaign or seek votes, their names don’t appear on the ballot; they exist only to take away the vote and close primary elections. As a Legislator, I would support, by joint resolution, a constitutional amendment on the next ballot to eliminate this practice.
“… depriving women of contraception information, reproductive rights, a living wage and prenatal and maternal care — as some states in the US want to do — is practically a death sentence and is a contravention of basic human rights” – Margaret Atwood, London 2017 / Author The Handmaid’s Tale, 1984
My opponent believes otherwise and voted to ban the most common and safest legal abortion procedure, putting women’s health at risk. He voted to permanently fund, with 4 million state taxpayer dollars annually, so called Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPC’s), which mislead women about their health, force them to undergo biased counseling or religious seminars, and provide NO HEALTHCARE. Crisis pregnancy centers violate ethical principles by providing misleading information and causing delays and inequities in access to abortion.
Pro-Life or Pro-Choice? I can’t make that decision for anyone else nor should I be required to. That’s personal, moral, philosophical, and religious and I will not impose my beliefs on someone else. I can state that as a Legislator I will not vote for bills that harm women or reduce their rights.
Women’s Rights are Human Rights. Quality, affordable healthcare, freedom from sexual harassment and equal pay for equal work are human rights. For too long, women have gone unrecognized as a force for change and new ideas. For too long, women have been underrepresented in the seats of power. Women are more than half of the population, but less than 25% of the current Florida Legislature – it’s time to change that.
Love is love and privacy is privacy – government must get out of the way. I support the LGBTQ community and will protect their fundamental rights as American Citizens. In Florida there is no statewide law prohibiting discrimination against LGBTQ – although 11 Florida counties do. I support adding that qualification at the state level.