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House Education gets new Democrat as member

Rep. Margaret Good was elected in Sarasota County earlier in the week.
Rep. Margaret Good, D-Sarasota, was elected on Feb. 13 and joined the House Education Committee on Feb 15, 2018. [The Florida Channel]
Rep. Margaret Good, D-Sarasota, was elected on Feb. 13 and joined the House Education Committee on Feb 15, 2018. [The Florida Channel]
Published Feb. 15, 2018|Updated Feb. 15, 2018

Having won a special election Tuesday to a previously Republican seat, Rep. Margaret Good of Siesta Key quickly found herself thrust into Tallahassee politics on Thursday.

Her first assignment? House Education, as it debated a host of hot button issues.

Good, a lawyer by profession, introduced herself as a "big supporter of public education," and said she was "very happy" to get the committee assignment.

To which chairman Rep. Michael Bileca jokingly said, "I am sure ranking member [Shevrin] Jones told you, whatever you do, always vote with myself and chair [Manny] Diaz."

"Or the total opposite," Jones countered, while Good sat by smiling.

Jones need not have worried, though.

Good quickly asserted herself, asking several pointed questions about the need to create a new tax credit scholarship for third graders who do not pass the state reading test, suggesting the funding would be better left within the school system.

(The idea, originally in HB 7055, was amended into HB 1035 on personalized learning, which passed the committee with Good casting the only "no" vote.)

She spoke long enough for Bileca to comment with a laugh that Jones should not have shared all his talking points with Wood.

Good also took pains to explain her position against a school board term limit proposal that only one other Democrat opposed with her.

She's one of (now) seven Democrats on a 21-member committee.

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