Ross Hancock for Florida House District 114

Who am I?

I am an environmentalist and a former rural newspaper editor. I work for a non-profit (American Welding Society) where I advocate for vocational education and safe infrastructure. I am opposed to the privatization of education, prisons, and other public services in Florida. It is urgent that we establish pay equality for women and ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

Why am I running?

I am an environmentalist who wants Florida to plan for the consequences of climate change. Our water resources, homes, natural environments, and economy are threatened in the not-too-distant future. I challenged the anti-environmental incumbent of this office in 2012 and earned 48.84% of the vote.

My Goals

I will propose directing all state departments to conduct all planning and activities consistently with projected climate change impacts on our region. I will work to oppose privatization and deprofessionalization of public services. I will advocate for clean energy and manufacturing jobs in Florida by creating a climate for a sustainable economy.

My DFA Values

Regardless of one's socioeconomic standing in my district, we all have a shared stake in preparing for climate change and mitigating its effects. That means that all stakeholders, each one of us, regardless of age, race, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or other aspects of what we look like or where we come from, have to contribute to addressing this crisis and share in the benefits of avoiding catastrophe.

My Campaign is People Powered!

My incumbent opponent is supported by his family's charter school investments and has a 100-to-1 fundraising advantage. Our campaign is powered by a coalition of environmentally concerned citizens, pro-equality proponents, senior advocates, and labor. As in 2012, I am qualifying by petition and personally walking door-to-door with the voter database on an iPad. We are conducting group "honk-and-wave" events to show rush-hour drivers that there is an alternative to our unpopular legislature.

Voice support


  • Angel Vallejos
  • Linda Rogatz, FL
  • Sam Feldman, FL
  • Geoff Shelley
  • David Tennis
  • Carol Klopfer, ph.d.
  • andrea santos
  • Sheila Meehan
  • Josefina Batista, FL

About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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