To have a truly prosperous state, we must also ensure a healthy environment. In many cases, economic development depends on environmental conservation. I am particularly concerned about the protection of our water resources. No one wants to live near polluted streams or with the threat of flash flooding. Wise development includes generous stream buffers, greenways, and conservation areas that moderate and cleanse water flows.
We can balance social, environmental, and economic goals by being thoughtful about how we seek growth and development. Every day we are seeing advances in sustainable development that protect our communities from environmental degradation. Part of that is having goals for watershed protection and sticking to those goals by finding development partners who respect the environment and have track records to indicate such. It also means holding those development partners accountable. This complementary approach requires a regional vision rather than piecemeal decision making. If this is done right then our children and future generations will have both clean water and a prosperous community.
The coming years will bring the threat of water shortages and massive costs associated with cleaning up our reservoirs, rivers, and streams in order to ensure drinkable water. These are the unintended negative consequences of lax accountability standards and a lack of regional governance that properly balances economic and environmental needs.
I will support all laws that ban hydraulic fracturing also known as fracking. More science has demonstrated the risk of fracking, a general term for various ways oil companies pump chemicals into a well to either dissolve or break up underground rock formations to stimulate oil and gas production, which is detrimental to health and promotes water pollution. in addition, I will support all efforts to prevent offshore oil drilling.
Every year, Marion County parents enroll their children in schools with the trust that they will be safe, well educated, and well prepared for the future.
Our future prosperity depends on our children. We must ensure that all of our children have access to high-quality early childhood education. We must also invest in excellent public schools for our K-12 students to prepare our children for entering a competitive workforce. Additionally, we must provide our adult population with access to an affordable, flexible, and highly effective system of community colleges and universities as well as trade schools so that our workers are prepared for a rapidly changing economy.
We must value, our hard-working public school teachers. In Marion County, we need a concrete plan to raise teachers' pay to the national average as a baseline and then raise the bar to once again become a leader in teacher compensation. We must also restore incentives for our teachers to earn advanced degrees, ensuring that our students benefit from this added expertise and experience.
In addition, I have already consulted with our law enforcement agencies to set up a program for our future law enforcement officers. Classroom in The Blue will be the first program of its kind in the state allowing our young adults to choose the prestigious profession of law enforcement.
Floridians value our countryside. Even in our biggest cities, they still remember their roots. Nevertheless, we are struggling to support rural economies after the collapse of our manufacturing and agrotourism base. Carl believes that the best opportunities for job creation and economic development in rural areas are through expanding markets for existing small businesses and providing incentives for businesses that will invest in our small towns.
Small businesses have found a home in the country, taking advantage of technology and transportation resources that allow them to move products to worldwide markets. These individual endeavors have developed a people-driven, community-oriented movement creating local jobs and helping small towns.
This type of economy depends on highly motivated and innovative County individuals. People who have knowledge and skills that are fostered by investments in the County. Carl knows that our needs to maintain its commitment to supporting horse farms, businesses, and ranches that are owned and operated by hard-working Floridians dedicated to making their communities better.
Government’s role is to create and maintain a level playing field so that all citizens can have the access and opportunity to obtain gainful employment and to support both small and large businesses so that they can grow and create jobs. Our current government is failing at meeting this responsibility.
Florida deserves better. Over 33.5 percent of our state’s children live in poverty with a 13 percent dropout rate, 12.3 % less than a high school degree and 38% with high school or GED, less than 30.9 percent of the adult working population holds some college or associate degree. Investing in people to prepare them for a knowledge-based economy is the lynchpin of our future prosperity.
At the same time we invest in people, we need to invest in both rural and urban development to connect individuals to the resources they need to succeed in the ever-changing 21st century economy and education, A commitment to research, technology, and innovation will provide the foundation of a stable economy that provides the environment to create jobs in our rural, suburban and urban communities.
I will make sound decisions when it comes to economic policy, balancing short and long-term prospects as well as the benefits and costs that legislation will have on all citizens. My goal is to give individuals, families, and businesses in Silver Springs and Ocala a fair chance, and not to support policies that favor a select few. We need to provide the framework and resources for individuals to build their own future. Ie. better access to computer and internet.
Throughout our history, people have fought and died for the right of every eligible citizen, regardless of race, gender, or status, to vote in free and fair elections. Our electoral environment must be a reflection of those courageous efforts: an expansion of voting opportunity, ease of accessibility, and inclusiveness of all voters. I will push for universal voter registration, expanded opportunities to vote by mail, and for a non-partisan redistricting process. This fight is not borne out of ambition or a legislative agenda. It is borne out of the belief that a healthy democracy is more important than any political party.
As a U.S. Coast Guard Veteran, Police officer, State Trooper, Prosecutor, and Attorney, I have pledged to support and defend the Constitution of this United States. I have been asked again by Democrats, Republicans, and Independents to serve again as such I have sworn and Pledge to put Principles before Politics.
My three-part pledge is part of the commitment made by the group known as Veterans Serving With Honor.
1. I will always speak the truth and prioritize the public interest above my self Interest.
2. I will respect my colleagues, focus on solving problems, and work to bring civility to politics.
3. I will defend the rights of all Americans and have the courage to collaborate across the aisle and find common ground.
Politicians don’t make great doctors, and politics has no place in a private and deeply personal decision between a woman, her faith, her family, and her doctor. I will fight to uphold a woman’s constitutional right to exercise her right to choose.
Women should have control over their own healthcare decisions, and the legislature should be more concerned with ensuring increased access to health care rather than restricting it.
I will support all access to birth control. Birth control is a fundamental preventive health benefit. Increased access to birth control has decreased the rate of unwanted pregnancies while increasing infant and maternal health. Access to birth control is essential in leveling the playing field for women enabling women to fulfill an increasingly diverse range of educational, professional, social, and political aspirations.