I am running to represent District 25 in the Florida House of Representatives because I believe our citizens need a voice in Tallahassee. I have been an advocate for Florida’s natural resources since I was 11 years old, when I started writing letters about issues that I believed were important. I am a Ph.D. trained scientist who believes in using data and common sense to inform decision-making. Today, I am actively engaged in efforts to help the Indian River Lagoon and our springs in Volusia County, among other statewide efforts.
For the past ten years, as the Director of Science and Conservation for the Save the Manatee organization, I have worked at the local, state, and federal levels to advocate for our natural environment in Florida. All too often, I have felt that my concerns and those of other citizens, have fallen on deaf ears. I am not a person who complains. If I encounter something I don’t like or agree with, I actively work to change it. I don’t believe in “politics” or that elected office is only for the wealthy and privileged. I do believe in public service, hard work, and leading by example, which is why I am running for this office.
In addition to my deep concern for Florida’s environment, I am greatly troubled by efforts to undermine our public schools. I am a product of the Pennsylvania public school system, where I received an amazing education. My mother taught in public schools for 32 years so I have a deep respect for teachers and our public education system. We have to invest in our public schools, which means investing in our teachers.
A movement begins with just one person. I am troubled by the divisiveness and hateful rhetoric that has dominated politics in my lifetime. I believe that compassion should drive all that we do and while our political system cannot be transformed overnight, I will work for a day where our leaders demonstrate by example, how to treat one another with respect and dignity.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about me and my campaign for Florida’s House of Representatives. Please call on me with questions, comments, or concerns. I value everyone’s views and always appreciate hearing new perspectives- that’s how we learn and grow.