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STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 49

Editor's Note: The St. Petersburg League of Women Voters asked local political candidates to respond to a series of questions regarding their campaigns. All candidates were given an opportunity to respond. The Times is printing their answers as a public service.

Sandra Barringer

Mortham

Q What experience and qualifications make you the candidate best suited for this office?

A I have continually worked to keep apprised of the issues that are of concern to our citizens and our community. While others talk about what's wrong with government, I've been working tirelessly to make government work to educate our children and provide the necessary services for our senior citizens. I have fought for reform of our state's spending policies, insisting on efficiency and the elimination of wasteful spending, and against the endless tax increases advocated by Gov. Chiles.

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 believe the state must seek and maximize federal funding for effective programs for our children and their families without increasing the burden on the taxpayers of Florida.

Q What is your position in regard to reproductive choice and access to voluntary family planning?

A Supports right to privacy in reproductive choice and access to voluntary family planning.

Q Are you in favor of increasing taxes or creating new taxes to fund education?

A Education is a top priority with me. I fought to get more money into the classroom by eliminating wasteful spending and duplication in the $9-billion the state now spends on education. I do not believe we have yet met our responsibility to the people of Florida to make the system as efficient as it can be in order to justify more taxes.

Sandra Barringer Mortham, Republican from Largo, has been a state representative since 1986.

Brian King

Q What experience and qualifications make you the candidate best suited for this office?

A I have extensive education and training in government and the law. I work for my community as a prosecutor, and have served as a school board hearing officer and a congressional coordinator for the Sierra Club.

I have worked in the Legislature and will be effective there, but I will not be tied to special interests like my opponent who has accepted tens of thousands of dollars from political action committees and lobbyists. I will represent the people.

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 believe an investment in our children is an investment in Florida's future. We must focus our efforts on infants and young children who can be healthy and ready to attend school. That is why prenatal, immunization, preschool and Head Start programs are so important and must be properly funded.

Q What is your position in regard to reproductive choice and access to voluntary family planning?

AI agree with the right of privacy in reproductive choice, and access to family planning.

Q Are you in favor of increasing taxes or creating new taxes to fund education?

A First, we must use lottery revenue as intended, to enhance education spending. We also need to streamline and improve the education bureaucracy so more dollars reach the classroom where needed for teachers, books and supplies, etc. My opponent has voted consistently against properly funding education. I will vote for education, and support closing loopholes and exemptions in our tax code to ensure everyone pays his fair share to properly fund our children's education.

Brian King, a Democrat from Crystal Beach, is on leave from his job as a prosecutor in the Hillsborough State Attorney's Office.

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