Q What experience and qualifications make you the candidate best suited for this office?
A I am married with three children, the oldest of whom attends local public schools. I also own my own small business and am involved in a number of local business organizations, and I am active in the local elementary school PTA. Prior to and during my service in government, I have been actively involved in private enterprise and my local community, such that I am very familiar with the problems and issues facing everyday citizens in my district.
Q Which services to children and families would you support with federal funding (Head Start; preschool programs; parenting education; early intervention programs; adolescent employment/training; Guardian ad Litem)?
A I would support all of these programs with both state and federal funding. I am especially supportive of Head Start and preschool education programs as a means of accelerating the educational development of our young children.
Q What is your position in regard to reproductive choice and access to voluntary family planning?
A I agree (with privacy in reproductive choice). I support the right of privacy and the right to be left alone by government.
Q Are you in favor of increasing taxes or creating new taxes to fund education?
A I support substantial additional new money for education, provided that the money is targeted to reducing class sizes and provided that it is spent in the classrooms and not on further bureaucracy or administration. I also favor using all of the lottery money for education. I favor prohibiting the Legislature from spending lottery funds for anything else except enhancing education.
Brian Rush, Democrat, of Tampa, has been a state representative since 1986.
Republican candidate Tom Ash did not respond.