Consultant and current member of Florida House of Representative, District 45
Educational Background (limit 75 words)
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology (1999) from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia; Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Sports Business Management (2007) from University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida.
Civic Organizations (limit 75 words)
Member of the League of Women Voters, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), West Orange Chamber of Commerce and a former Board member of the YMCA.
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)
As a member of Florida House of Representative and a former educator, I’ve worked tirelessly to improve our education system. We must change the current evaluation system for teachers and we must fund pay raises for our Public school employees. Must begin to be competitve with teacher salaries and must provide more funding for pre-school education.
As a current member of the Florida House, I was a vocal leader in the effort to expand medicaid and draw down the federal funds to insure our poorest among us and I will continue to lead the effort to draw down those federal funds. In general, I support making care affordable and accessible.
As the ranking member on the Criminal Justice subcommittee, I have worked hard and will continue to work hard to reform the system to decriminalize low level drug use. I also proposed a Prision reform bill that due to pass the House floor before the legislature adjourned early in 2015. I will continue to work on criminal justice reform.
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)
As a current member of the Florida House, I was a vocal leader in the effort to expand medicaid and draw down the federal funds to insure our most vulnerable among us and I will continue to lead the effort to draw down those federal funds.
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)
As a Member of the Florida House of Representative, I have been a leader for Medicade expansion. I do support tapping federal funds to care for the people of Florida. Too often the hospital emergency rooms are being used to provide health care for the uninsured. Many of these uninsured are seniors who have lived and worked in this State for many years. They deserve better.
As the leader in the House on the Criminal Justice subcommittee, I support a ban on assault weapons and calling for a common sense reform on our gun laws in the State of Florida. A through background check will provide added security and safety of Floridians. After the June 12th gun violence at Pulse nightclub, I asked the Governor to have an emergency session to deal with the issue of background check and gun violence. He refused to respond. I will continue to work for common sense gun laws.