Editor's note: Candidates not recommended by the Tampa Bay Times are given an opportunity to reply.
Florida House District 69
I appreciate the kind words the Tampa Bay Times editorial board said about me, but they made the wrong choice in this race.
As a certified financial planner, I've seen the effects of Tallahassee's extreme policies on family and small business budgets. Over the last few years, they've slashed Bright Futures, allowed property insurance to rise by double digits, and given our tax dollars to out-of-state corporations. We must elect a representative who will not be rubber stamp for Rick Scott.
I will fight to make sure we invest in our schools to prevent teacher layoffs and keep class sizes small. I will fight to keep taxes low for small businesses, and fight against massive tax giveaways to special interests. I will be a voice for Pinellas County families and our values. If you play by the rules, I will make sure you have a fair chance to get ahead.
Florida Senate District 24
The Times recommended my opponent saying "he has a solid feel for Brandon, Plant City and Fishhawk." What about the rest of the district: New Tampa, USF, Temple Terrace, Riverview, Seffner, Mango, Dover, Sun City, Valrico? I will represent all of District 24.
Republicans have controlled the state for the last 14 years, leading to total arrogance and hubris. Senate President-elect Don Gaetz handpicked my opponent for this district — talk about arrogance!
Do you believe that Florida is on the right path? I do not! Florida is No. 1 in public corruption. Students are being taught to test, not learn. The Citizens Insurance mess has been "kicked down the road" as far as it can go. Florida is "bribing" large corporations with scarce tax dollars to relocate here.
I am running on the 4 E's: Ethics, Economy, Education and Environment and yes, "I am the best choice."