Who am I?
I am a strong, progressive Democratic woman - a wife, a daughter, a sister, a mother, and a grandmother.
I am a leader - the first woman ever elected Leader of the Florida Senate Democrats, and the first Floridian elected to serve as the National President of the National Council of Jewish Women.
I am an advocate for the most vulnerable in our communities - the children, the elderly, the disabled, and the very sick.
I have been recognized as a "Champion of the Middle Class" for my 100% voting record in support of public education, job creation, environmental protection, women's reproductive rights, and social justice issues.
Why am I running?
It has been 14 years since a Democratic governor last led the State of Florida. Since then, there has been an orchestrated effort to undermine and destroy public education, a rejection of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion, a dismantling of growth management and environmental protection laws, a sustained assault on women's rights, a shameful attack on voting rights, and a palpable lack of leadership on social justice issues. I am running for governor to lead Florida in a new direction, one that puts the best interests of people first!
My three top policy goals will be to move Florida from the bottom quartile to the top quartile in public education (from early education to higher ed.), insure access to affordable healthcare for all Floridians, and create jobs and economic development for Florida. By accomplishing the first two goals, we will achieve the third.
Education is the path to prosperity and an educated, skilled workforce is essential in attracting new business and economic development to Florida. By providing healthcare to all Floridians, many new healthcare professionals would need to be educated and trained. Investing in both education and healthcare would help create many good paying jobs while stimulating economic development.
My leadership ability, my understanding of the legislative process, and my commitment to putting the best interests of people first would help me achieve my goals.
My DFA Values
I share DFA's values concerning community, security, and liberty. These essential values are increasingly more vital in this politically polarized environment.
DFA and I share the value that opportunity and equality for all is essential. We recognize that no matter how successful we may be, we didn't do it on our own. Once we enjoy success, we realize that we have the moral obligation to give back to the society that enabled our success.
We believe in fairness, in putting the needs of people first. That translates into insuring the right to health care for all; protecting the most vulnerable in our communities - the children, the elderly, the disabled; investing in public education; creating a sound infrastructure that keeps our economy growing; respecting that the civil rights of every individual must be protected regardless of race, creed, gender, age, or sexual orientation. We must continue to fight for these shared values that will create a better world for us all.
My Campaign is People Powered!
Grassroots organizing is already playing a huge role in my campaign. For over a year, I have engaged the progressive grassroots by traveling across Florida, from the Panhandle to the Keys. I have spoken at more than 200 events, listened to the issues and concerns of voters, and built a strong campaign infrastructure.
Early endorsements from Florida NOW and DFA Palm Beach County will help provide the people power necessary to run a winning grassroots campaign.
I know from my years as a community activist and as a Legislator that grassroots organizing plays a critical role in both the legislative and campaign arena; and certainly that was proven by the election and re-election of President Obama! I know it is the key to victory for me.