B.S. Electrical Engineering Tuskegee University 1983
Masters Coursework towards Masters Electrical Engineering (26 of 36 hours completed) Tuskegee University 1983-84
Graduate of IBM Marketing and Sytems Engineering School Dallas, Texas 1984-85
Graduate Studies in Public Administration University of Central Florida 1993-94
Civic Organizations (limit 75 words)
Member of Carter Tabernacle CME Church
Previous member of NAACP, SCLC and other community organizations
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)
I have always supported and fought for increased funding for Public Education, requiring additional accountability for Charter and Private Schools accepting taxpayer dollars and providing additional funding for afterschool, tutoring and sports programs that benefit our youth. I believe we should expand access to healthcare by accepting federal dollars to expand Medicaid via The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. I also believe we should continue to identrfy and fund alternatives to jail and incarceration for juveniles and adults that commit non-violent crimes. We must invest in quality afterschool, intervention, mentoring and prevention programs in districts like mine, in order to reduce the number of individuals incarcerated. The School to Prison Pipeline should be addressed via alternative discipline methodologies.
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)
I support President Obama’s plan to provide access to affordable healthcare by expanding Medicaid. The State of Florida should expand Medicaid using the federal dollars that would be available via The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 1.3 milliion additional Floridians would be eligible for access to high quality healthcare if the Florida Legislature accepted the federal dollars provided by Obamacare also known as The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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 support a ban on assault weapons and more thorough background checks. In addition, we must identify and pass legislation that severely punishes individuals that dump free and cheap guns into inner city communities like District 46.