[Courtesy of the League of Women Voters of Manatee County]
I was born and raised in Saint Petersburg and currently reside in Manatee county. I graduated high school in 2007 and am currently attending State College of Florida, Bradenton campus, finishing up on my associates degree. I also hold a Real Estate license with Keller Williams Realty Select in Lakewood Ranch, and I wait tables at Café Baci in Sarasota. I am engaged to Jessica Luty, and plan to be married the beginning of next summer.
In what community organizations have you been active?
I have been involved with the Salvation Army of Sarasota mentoring members of the recovery community. I am also a member of student government at State College of Florida.
Why are you running for this office, and what qualities, experience and skills do you bring to this position?
I am running for office to offer some positive representation for our district. I believe the district is in need of a representative that can unify our needs with the state’s agenda. I operate under an “Open Door” policy and will strive for win-win deals. I am very open to individual ideas, as I look at the position from a trusted servant point of view. At the end of the day, it is our district. We deserve the best possible legislation.
What do you see as the most important issues facing this office, and how would you deal with them if elected?
The most important issues I see are:
• Improving our public education system,
• Creating better paying jobs for Floridians • Reforming criminal justice
• Breaking the system of perpetual poverty.
I would like to see a bill that increases our per capita student funding allowing schools greater access to revenue. This increase in funding will be an increase in accountability. I would like to see our legislature sit down with superintendents, principals, teachers, parents, and the private sector to develop a system that works for all sides.
I would like to see an increase in legislation that creates better paying jobs through state incentives dedicated towards the creation of high wage jobs. We also need to focus on freeing up the backlog for Floridians seeking clemency. These are the hard working Floridians that have turned their lives around and are being denied the chance to regain their rights.
Finally, breaking the system of perpetual poverty makes the top legislative agenda. Our system is broken and needs to be reworked to assist Floridians in getting off of social services.