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Florida House District 63
Rep. Shawn Harrison is not a moderate voice in Tallahassee. He has voted with Rick Scott virtually all of the time. This includes two reckless budgets, voter suppression legislation, and the breaking off of the Lakeland USF campus. As a teacher, I understand the impact of the state's massive education cuts. Seniors also felt the impact of cuts for nursing homes. Over the last three decades, I have had the pleasure of teaching thousands of students. During that time, I have created an open dialogue with parents, administrators, and legislators. I know what it takes to affect change and represent the needs of my community.
Florida House District 66
As a proud veteran, small business owner and community leader, I am honored to serve the residents of this community and all citizens of Florida. I bring commonsense solutions and business practices and principles to Tallahassee. Government works best when its role is limited and defined. As a small business owner here for 30 years, I created jobs, made a payroll and know how hard it is to provide for a family. As your representative, I will work for you to get our economy back on track by helping to create jobs in our state and improving our public education system with more dollars directed to our classrooms. I will continue to fight the war on prescription drug abuse, reform our property insurance to make coverage more affordable and accessible and force government agencies to be more efficient and effective. You and I get it. Now let's get it done.
Florida House District 67
My opponent is a slick fundraiser and politico. To win this $29,000-a-year job, he's raised $270,000. And he's spending lavishly on misleading campaign literature and TV ads.
So, I urge you to check his voting record, particularly since he votes with Gov. Rick Scott nearly all of the time.
My roots go deep in this area. Our family has provided good food, good service, and good jobs for almost 35 years at Lenny's Restaurant in Clearwater. I am a job creator and come from a family of job creators and problem solvers.
I'm tired of hearing excuses for why our basic issues of education, jobs, and energy can't be solved. It's not a question of why they can't be solved. It's a question of how we can solve them.
I have the drive and ethics to do what's right and the experience to see it through.
Pinellas County Commission
Four years ago, Pinellas voters sent me to the Pinellas County Commission to make our government smaller and more efficient. Today, Pinellas' government is over 30 percent smaller. We have carefully watched our spending, improved services and set new priorities.
We are building on our strengths, a great environment, an emphasis on public safety, building up our economy and making Pinellas an even better place to live.
Today citizens want a commissioner that looks carefully at every budget item and will not rubber stamp spending, a commissioner who knows we face a tough economy and that anyone with an agenda to make living in Pinellas more expensive is out of step with the mainstream.
That's not how I work. I am working to keep public safety our number one priority, improve our economy and watch our spending dollar by dollar.