Why am I so darn independent?

The fastest growing political party in our state is “no party.” For whatever reason, most voter registrants don’t feel the urge to commit. Plus, we had an independent senator (Bernie) running for president (and winning many states). We recently had a lifelong Republican (Charlie) run as a Democrat for Florida’s governor. Apparently, things are not as black and white as they once were.

And in the district I am running in, almost one out of every three voters is not registered either as a Democrat or a Republican!

I am a lifelong Democrat, but I am committed to representing the interests of ALL the families in the district. I will do that with no binding commitment to any special interests.

Generally, we South Floridians are best served by three principles which, I suppose, are traditionally within the “Democratic” spectrum of things, but we should all hold them dear:

  • Protection for our water and environment.
  • No discrimination.
  • Quality public education.

Due to gerrymandering, many districts in the state are solid red or blue. That’s where the career politicians like to run—where it’s easy to raise money and the winner is virtually decided in the primary. That wouldn’t interest me.

I like State House District 116 because it’s a very balanced mix of Democrats, Republicans and Independents.

Mathematically, I will need the vote of a majority of independent voters.

If you are a Democrat, you can be confident that I am there for working people and people in need, and I am supported by labor and teachers.

If you are Independent, your interests are incorporated in every vote I will make.

If you are Republican, I don’t dare to ask for your support. But I will humbly work to be the best representative I can be, always committed to protecting your family, your home, and your children’s futures.