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Dana Lynn Maley

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

A As the parent of a 13-year-old, I am deeply concerned about the future of our children. As an experienced businesswoman, I am acutely aware of the inherent role that fiscal responsibility plays in a healthy state economy. My business know-how complements my community involvement, from the PTA at my daughter's school to my legislative activities with business and professional women's clubs, and both will enable me to bring a unique and dynamic perspective to Tallahassee.

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 As an account executive at Dean Witter Reynolds, I work with investments and future returns everyday. If we invest federal dollars in these programs today, starting at a very early age with Head Start, all Floridians will benefit from a better educated work force, less crime and a higher standard of living in the future. Florida needs to fight for its share of federal dollars and use them for programs such as these, to improve the quality of life for all Floridians.

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

A I support reproductive freedom, including choice and access to family planning for all women regardless of economic status. I believe the decision if and when to start a family is a very private one.

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

A The answer to our education problems may not be in more taxes. We should start with restoring the lottery money as an enhancement to the education budget. I support offering incentives to private enterprise to encourage local community business participation in partnership programs such as the Pinellas Foundation. If we don't pay for a better educational system now, Florida will feel the costs in the future.

Dana Lynn Maley, Democrat from Clearwater, is an account executive with Dean Witter Reynolds.

Republican candidate John Morroni did not respond.