BA in Political Science from the University of Central Florida. J.D. from Florida International University College of Law
Civic Organizations (limit 75 words)
Former Tallahassee New Leaders Council Co-Director; Young Worker Chair for the South Florida Central Labor Council
Please describe your positions on the legislative responsibility for protecting the public interest in the Education, Health Care and Criminal Justice systems. Do you have any specific proposals to improve these systems? (limit 150 words)
The Legislature’s main responsibility should be in protecting the public interest. In Education this means guaranteeing that every student in Florida has access to an excellent school and that teachers are well-paid and appreciated for their hard work. In Health Care that means guaranteeing that everyone has access to affordable healthcare. In the Criminal Justice arena, it means making sure that the system is just and equitable. There are literally dozens of ways we can reform all these issues. Specifically with Education we need to increase teacher pay, eliminate high-stakes testing, and fully fund our schools. With Healthcare we need to expand Medicaid and other alternative forms of healthcare access, whether through health savings accounts, self-insurance programs, or privately-run health insurance marketplaces. With Criminal Justice, we need real reform to end the death penalty, eliminate mandatory minimum sentences, and provide more diversionary programs for minors who make mistakes.
Over 500,000 working poor Florida citizens remain without health insurance. Would you support tapping federal dollars to cover these people? If not, what kind of plan do you support? (limit 150 words)
Yes I support using federal dollars, and frankly state dollars, to help expand access to healthcare.
An estimated 300,000 people died from gun violence between 2004 and 2014. Here at home in Orlando, the June 12 nightclub shooting saw 49 people killed, and 50 more wounded. Do you support or oppose a state ban on assault weapons and/or more thorough background checks? (limit 150 words)
I fully support a ban on all assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. I support background checks for all gun sales.