Good people can disagree, but twenty years of one party rule in Jacksonville needs to be challenged. I am running for Florida State Representative district 12 because for too long we have been sending party establishment button pushers to Tallahassee who continue to thwart the will of the people.
The most troubling example of this is how our one-party establishment leaders have continually ignored Article IX, section 1 of our state constitution which states it is “a paramount duty… to make adequate provision for all children residing within [our] borders.” Yet, our legislators continually vote to take vital resources away from our public schools to benefit well-connected corporate conglomerates. They have truly given up on our schools but we have not and we will fight to ensure that all students, regardless of their economic circumstances, have the opportunity for the best education possible.
Jacksonville is a great place to live and work. We know it and many other Americans as well as fellow Floridians are finding this out as well. Our city is growing at an ever expanding rate but we need to mange this growth with forward thinking commitments. We need to ensure that our vital infrastructure — roads, bridges, waterways — remain safe, viable, and convenient modes of transportation. We also need to look to ways of developing a safe and reliable means of public transportation to boost tourism, create jobs and maintain revenue for our public needs.
As a progressive running with the Democratic party, I understand the need for compromise to craft legislation which will benefit most Jacksonvillians. We need to work with one another with malice toward none and understand that, for the most part, we all have the best interests of Florida and Floridians in mind. Contrary to popular belief, progressives do not believe that government solves every problem, rather we believe that government should work as efficiently as possible for the maximum number of our citizens. We can achieve this goal with principled compromise and working together. When I was a young Petty Officer stationed in Mayport, I learned the importance of working with individuals from a variety of backgrounds with different viewpoints but to achieve a common goal.