THE FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
The Florida House of Representatives is the lower house of the legislature of the State of Florida. The Florida Constitution establishes the legislature’s powers and duties that include passing laws, developing annual state budget and making investigations.
Member serves 2-year term; term limits- 4 contiguous two-year terms. 120 House seats.
All candidates were asked the following questions:
- BACKGROUND: Why are you running for this office and what qualities, training, experience and skills do you bring to this position?
- GUN VIOLENCE: Do you believe the Second Amendment leaves room for limits on gun rights? What protections do you favor? Your view on background checks and loopholes?
- EDUCATION: Do you favor current student performance and school and teacher measurement and evaluation? How can Florida best improve outcomes?
- ENVIRONMENT: How do you propose to protect our water supply, Biscayne Bay, the Everglades National Park? Please specify.
HOUSE DISTRICT 107 – Mary Estime-Irvin (DEM)
HOUSE DISTRICT 107 – Barbara Watson (DEM)
HOUSE DISTRICT 108 – Taj Collie-Echoles (DEM)
HOUSE DISTRICT 108 – Fayola Delica (DEM)
Fayola Delica, BSHSE, BSN, RN
Democratic Candidate for FL House District 108
PO BOX 530471
Miami Shores, FL 33153
Public Figure page: https://www.facebook.com/DelicaFayola
HOUSE DISTRICT 108 – Moise Duge (DEM)
HOUSE DISTRICT 108 – Roy Hardemon (DEM)
HOUSE DISTRICT 108 – Francesca “Fran” Menes (DEM)
Much like the lives of people in our community – my life hasn’t been easy. I was raised by working class Haitian immigrants who worked tirelessly to provide for me and my two sisters. That’s why I have spent my life’s work advocating alongside working families, immigrants, women, the elderly and our youth and I have learned throughout my service that together we build. Together we build our path to success by fully funding public schools. As a product of public schools, I know the importance of early childhood development and after school programs. Together we build by raising the minimum wage to $15/hour which will strengthen the foundation of our families. We can have the community that we want, need and deserve but we must build it together.
My candidacy provides an opportunity to elect a true champion for working families. I am honored to be endorsed by the Florida AFL/CIO, AFSCME Florida,UNITE HERE Local 355, SEIU Florida, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 78, Teamsters Local Union No. 769, Florida Young Democrats, Ruth’s List, United Teachers of Dade, Florida Planned Parenthood PAC, National Women's Political Caucus of Florida, Haitian Americans for Progress PAC, Equality Florida Action PAC, SAVE Action, PAC, Miami Dade County Commissioners Daniella Levine Cava, Sally A. Heyman and Barbara Jordan, State Representative Jose Javier Rodriguez , Miami Shores Councilwoman Ivonne Ledesma and Miami Shores Councilman MacAdam Glinn.
These organizations, elected officials, and residents believe in me to fight for them and for our community. They are behind me not just for their own wellbeing, but for their families and the future of their children. If you believe in our vision, for building a stronger community together, then please vote for me, Francesca Menes for State House District 108 August 30th.
As a progressive leader, I stand with survivors and affected families of gun violence to bring attention to the need for sensible gun policy and to demand change before more members of our community lose their lives. The tragedy in Orlando has brought renewed media attention and political debate to this extremely important issue, but there are dozens of less news covered tragedies that happen everyday in our communities. Our community, State House District 108, has experienced too much loss of life, and each of these tragedies leaves a hole in our families, in our neighborhoods, and in the very fabric of our society. You can count on me to be a champion for strict background checks, closing gun show and terror watch loopholes, but also to address systemic issues that result in our youth getting drawn in a cycle of violence. I am committed to reforming zero tolerance school policies that have created a school-to-prison pipeline for our youth. By investing in education and afterschool programs for our youth, we can provide more productive opportunities for them to grow.
I am a product of head start and public education and I know Florida needs to give our children and teachers the resources they need to achieve. Public education is about equal access and reducing inequalities. I believe in fully funding our public schools so that every child, regardless of the neighborhood they live in, can receive a high quality education and foundation for a bright future.
I believe our local communities, including teachers, parents, and school board members, know what is best for their students. I stand behind the right of individual states to manage their education system and to establish benchmarks, but I do not support having our students taught to a test. I feel strongly that we should not continue with this pattern of evaluating our children with more standardized testing. By teaching toward a test, students lack the necessary skills and exposure to be more creative beings. They lack the ability to think critically and look beyond the test. I also believe we must invest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) programs, in order for our youth to be able to compete on a global scale.
Ultimately, I believe that by investing in our teachers we can best improve outcomes for our students. I have close friends who are teachers and in order to ensure they have the resources to properly educate our children, on the very reduced pay they receive, they personally buy supplies. Florida’s teachers pay is ranked 47th in the nation. This is nothing to be proud of. The fact that those responsible for cultivating the minds of our future generations are not adequately paid should be a concern to us all. We must provide adequate pay and benefits to teachers in order to recruit and retain the highest quality educators.
Protecting our water supplies is often overlooked as a lesser priority. Florida has one of the largest amounts of natural water sources, but we have seen the devastating effects on the environment that comes from abusing the natural flow of water, and bottling natural springs. The recent state of emergency caused by algae blooms in Lake Okeechobee is a painful reminder that we should stop playing politics when it comes to issues concerning our environment, and the health of our communities.
While the environmentally disastrous effects of toxic discharges from Lake Okeechobee have recently garnered widespread – and even national – visibility, we in South Florida have seen for years what happens when we mismanage the Everglades ecosystem and local natural resources such as Biscayne Bay. When toxic substances are released into our water sources and make their way to more populated areas, they inflict damage on not just our state’s fragile environment and ecosystem, but also small businesses that rely on tourism.
We must have stronger regulations for protecting our environment as well as consequences for polluters, which Governor Scott and the legislature in Tallahassee have been unwilling to implement. I will be a voice for ensuring that our Amendment 1 dollars are properly spent to purchase lands for conservation, restore the wetlands, protect the water quality in our streams and rivers, and preserve our coastline. I also support initiatives to expand water storage in our state, and feel this is particularly important in areas that are experiencing large population growth. Protecting our water supply and environment will require investment, but we can not afford to short change future generations.
HOUSE DISTRICT 108 – Henry Patel (DEM)
HOUSE DISTRICT 108 – Marie Erlande Steril (DEM)
HOUSE DISTRICT 112 – Nicholas X. Duran (DEM)
I’m a born and raised Floridian with deep roots in the Miami-Dade community. I’m a graduate of the University of Florida and New York Law School. After working a few years at a Miami law firm, I took the lessons and example of my mom, a public school teacher, to heart and in 2010 became an organizer for The Children’s Movement of Florida, advocating for increased funding for outreach and access to programs that aid Florida’s children. Following a family medical emergency in 2013 that would have devastated my family if not for my family’s access to health insurance, I became State Director for Enroll America in Florida in order to ensure that every Floridian had the protections that his family enjoyed.
After helping Enroll America become the a national leader in coordinating healthcare signups and education under the Affordable Care Act, I shifted my focus to those caught in the coverage gap and became the Executive Director of the Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, a position I holds today. Most importantly though, I’m a husband and married to my best friend Danielle and a lucky father to two kids Mason (5) and Michaela (2).
There is general consensus among Americans in favor of implementing smart, effective gun laws. It’s time to act and implement effective, pragmatic gun regulations that will make our communities safer. If elected I’ll focus energies on this issue and will look pass legislation that will include an array of policies including much needed background checks on all firearm purchases, limiting the number of guns someone can buy at once, eliminating the gun show loophole and/or getting high-capacity magazines off our streets.
I believe all our state’s children, no matter what zip-code they live in, have a right to receive the highest-quality education our state provides and invests in. I believe the Common Core curriculum provides our students with the opportunity to learn to think deeper, and learn to support answers with reasoning and evidence but believe we need to strive to always ask if we are providing all our children with an environment that stimulates learning and personal growth while ensuring we support our teachers.
Our state undervalues and underpays our teachers and while we should focus on merit-based pay, we currently do not foster an environment to recruit more teachers into the profession. My mother was a public-school teacher for 32 years and retired a little over a year ago so this is is an issue that I’ve seen through her and her colleagues.
We need to renew our emphasis in recruiting high-level science based staff to join the DEP. Reinvestment and focus in ensuring we have a strong water management districts.
More specific actions to this district including continuing to support efforts to make FPL move faster toward water cooling towers replacing the cooling canals for Turkey Point. Work to reverse the recent Environmental Regulation Commission's recent decision and ensure they include the two additional members to the committee. Work against any effort trying to allow fracking in this state.
HOUSE DISTRICT 112 – Waldo Faura-Morales (DEM)
HOUSE DISTRICT 112 – Michael W. Davey (REP)
HOUSE DISTRICT 112 – Rosa Maria “Rosy” Palomino (REP)
HOUSE DISTRICT 113 – David Richardson (DEM)
HOUSE DISTRICT 113 – Rey Valdes (DEM)
HOUSE DISTRICT 114 – Daisy J. Baez (DEM)
From serving my community to serving my country, I am committed to fighting for what is right. Underlying my success as a veteran, healthcare executive, and social worker is my passion to work for others. I bring years of managerial experience, but most importantly, I bring a unique perspective -- as someone who worked relentlessly to fulfill the promise this country offered.
I am running for House District 114 because I believe that a government that protects the middle class, supports public education, and seeks to serve all its constituents is a government worth fighting for. Tallahassee should protect and improve the quality of life for Florida families, not something that is for sale to special interest groups.
I believe that I have the background, qualifications, and experience to be a true voice for Floridians in Tallahassee. Below is a summary for your review and consideration.
· Economic development that brings well paid, skilled jobs to the district and Florida
· Resolving the issue of 800,000 Floridians without access to affordable health care insurance
· Developing collaborative strategies to improve safety and reduce crime in our communities
· Addressing traffic and infrastructure needs in our cities that increase productivity and enhances services
· Protecting our natural resources and water supply
· Education funding and reforms so that all of our children can be prepared for college and beyond
· Former Member, Board of Directors, Merrick House Museum, Coral Gables, Florida
· Member, Barry University Graduate Health Professions Advisory Board
· Member, Board of Directors, Dominican American National Round Table
· Founder & Member Board of Directors, Dominican Health Care Association of Florida
· First Dominican American to achieve nomination for Statewide office in Florida, 2014 (State House 114) after winning Democratic primary.
· Past President, Democratic Hispanic Caucus, Miami Dade County
· Delegate, Democratic National Convention, 2012
· Delegate, Democratic National Convention, 2016
· White House working group, Colombian Free Trade Agreement, White House, 3/2012
· White House working group, Florida Leaders on the Fiscal Cliff, White House, 11/2012
· Woman of Impact, Women History Coalition Miami Dade County
· Hispanic Woman of Distinction, Latina Style Magazine
· Thelma Gibson Award, Women’s Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Army, 1st Cavalry Division, Division Surgeon’s Office. Honorable Discharge.
Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Department of Defense Certificate of Achievement, Department of the Army Certificate of Achievement, 1st Cavalry Division Soldier of the Quarter, 15th Medical Battalion Soldier of the Month.
M.A. Counseling, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.
B.S. Social Work, University of Central Texas, Killeen, Texas.
25 year of progressive executive experience with local and national health care companies including Elements Behavioral, Inc., Larkin Community Hospital, GEO Care Inc., Metropolitan Hospital, Tenet Health Care, Select Specialty Corporation, HCA Corporation, and HealthSouth Corporation.
Yes, I will support legislation that ensures that the following are priorities:
- Individuals subject to domestic abuse charges are not able to obtain guns
- Individuals with mental illness are not able to obtain guns
- The gun show loophole is closed
- Safety training is required to obtain and register a firearm.
While I understand the utility of some standardized testing, I am against using the FSA or other forms of standardized testing as the sole measurement of achievement and teacher performance. I think student performance on assessments like the FSA are a good marker of proficiency and a good metric to compare schools, but we also need to keep in context the different learning styles and environments of our students.
A well-rounded education and exposure to a variety of subjects, interests, and experiences are the hallmarks of a well-rounded education, which is what every child in Florida deserves.
Recent events in Florida such as Algae Bloom in the St. Lucie River and connecting waterways and beaches, radiation pollution in the Turkey Point plan water canals, increase in the allowance of toxic levels in our water supply, and misuse of amendment two funds for other than its intended use are very concerning to me and will be a priority for advocacy when I reach the legislature.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection must ensure that it supports and enforces the many projects specifically targeted at assuring our state’s water supply and water quality. Furthermore, our State legislature should recognize the importance of monitoring, improving and maintaining the quality of water both at the source level and as a vital aspect of life in Florida. I feel it is important that we continue to enhance water quality and guarantee water supply to Floridians through environmental regulations. We should increase state funding for alternative water supply projects as a way to help urban municipalities with groundwater shortages and reduce the effects of drought.
Campaign phone: (305) 215- 5880
Campaign Address: P.O. Box 141642, Coral Gables, FL 33114
HOUSE DISTRICT 114 – Alberto L. Santana (DEM)
HOUSE DISTRICT 115 – ROSS HANCOCK (DEM)
I am challenging an incumbent state representative because no one else was, at the time I filed, despite the fact that he voted for fracking and for open carry of guns on college campuses. I think that is enough to justify taking his office from him. I have many years of experience on public issues as a former newspaper editor in our county, and as a former advocate for vocational education and American manufacturing jobs at a non-profit organization. As a lifelong environmental activist, I am accredited by the state as a Florida Master Naturalist. I am the only bilingual English-Spanish candidate in this race.
I think the Constitution overall provides for the right of people to be secure from guns in public places. I believe that locally appropriate gun regulations should not be preempted by the legislature. I support nationwide gun permitting with background and other checks to prevent sales or transfers of guns to potentially dangerous individuals.
Legislators who have imposed excessive industrial-type metrics on public education have done our students a disservice. We should pursue best practices built on evidence-based educational expertise of educational scholars and professionals worldwide. In Miami-Dade, especially, we need to recognize the impacts of our cultural diversity and not shortchange language, arts, and vocational-technical education. We need to ensure that Miami-Dade College is affordable to the county’s students, so they can all look forward to career-enhancing opportunities.
Biscayne Bay, the Everglades, and our local water supply have about a dozen separate threats right now. My campaign is devoted to protecting the people’s water, which our home values and community’s future are dependent on. Turkey Point must fix its cooling system quickly so that it stops hyper-salinating the public aquifer. There is also saltwater intrusion due to excessive draw-down of our public water resources and loss of open wild acreage for rainwater capture. We need construction growth to be in sync with available water (as well as traffic capacity) and we must increase water conservation. Sugar lands south of Lake Okeechobee need to be acquired and converted into water storage and cleaning acreage. This will help restore the Everglades, reduce sea grass loss in Florida Bay, and stop the algae blooms in the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers and elsewhere that result from excessive Lake Okeechobee discharges. We need to restore inspections of septic tanks and further regulate agricultural, commercial and residential fertilizer runoff. We need to investigate children’s cancer clusters and determine if water pollution is a factor. We need to keep fracking out of the state. We all need to work together to increase Florida’s resiliency with regard to climate change and sea level rise. The legislature needs to support the conservation lands acquisition amendment that Floridians overwhelmingly voted for in 2014.
HOUSE DISTRICT 115 – Jeffrey Doc Solomon (DEM)
I’ve had a sincere passion my whole life to serve people and make the lives of others better. I have done so very effectively, with my family, in my practice as a health professional, and in my community involvement. While I have thoroughly enjoyed all those roles of service, I am prepared to take my community service to a more productive level. Because of my 56 years of life experiences and much wisdom gathered, I have a tremendous amount to offer in a public leadership role in my sincere intent to support the common good of all of the citizens of Florida. I have served my community for over 33 years through volunteer efforts with youth sports as a health care provider and a coach for Optimist, YMCA, University, and Public School programs. I am presently the Vice Chair of the Pinecrest Zoning Board, and a past Vice Chair of the Miami-Dade Sports Commission. Additionally, I have served on Miami-Dade County Public Schools Health Advisory Committee representing school board member Dr. Larry Feldman. Proudly, I am also a graduate of Leadership Florida Statewide Community Foundation.
I do not support open carry laws. I believe they create fear in the mostly and preferably unarmed public. I also believe that law enforcers find open carry a threat and would prefer not to feel challenged by individuals that can compromise their effectiveness in enforcement. I am fine with concealed carry of properly trained and permitted individuals, but I support legislation that restricts the locations that one may carry a concealed gun such as schools, government, entertainment and bar locations which are dedicated to large numbers of children or where people who may be impaired by alcohol are located. I support legislation banning the purchase of assault weapons, large ammo magazines, and armor piercing ammunitions. I believe we must require background checks for all people in all circumstances including gun shows, person to person sales as well as online sales, and we should not allow anyone on a no fly list to purchase any guns unless properly vetted and cleared from the list.
Because Common Core academics consist of goals intended to be what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade from K - 12. And because they were created to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life, regardless of where they live. I recognize the value and need for consistent learning goals across Florida. The standards provide a clear and consistent framework for educators are evidence-based and consistent and I believe should be a standard in every school in Florida.
I believe we need to invest more in training teachers, and their administrative bosses. The quality of a child’s teacher is the single most-important school-related factor in their success. We should not focus on punishing bad teachers, but learn how to make good ones instead. Modernize the teacher’s job and don’t isolate teachers from peers. Think in terms of trade offs, not absolutes; such as extend the school year and compensated for that by making classrooms a little bigger. Let kids learn at their own pace. Get families involved earlier because early childhood education is key to kids’ achievement in the long-term. Address the issue of poverty.
Merit pay faces several key challenges and was prematurely employed. First, student outcomes are difficult to define and measure. Second, the contributions of individual teachers to student outcomes are difficult to disentangle from student background and prior achievement. Serious analysis shows significant deficiencies in several measures of teacher performance. Policy makers should not be adopting any measures without careful analysis of its properties and a plan to monitor how it is performing. The key issue is whether the incentive and sorting effects of an admittedly imperfect merit pay system can improve the quality of the teacher workforce.
Admittedly, public school jobs do offer a living wage. However, compared to other specialized jobs that involve degrees and training, the salaries don’t stack up. This is a serious, intellectual job that demands more serious pay. Census data, shows that teacher wages have declined relative to comparable private-sector workers over the past several decades. If not so, then it is curious that teaching is not an employment magnet comparable to other jobs like the financial sector.
I would start by pushing forward land purchases South of Lake Okeechobee, because environmentally harmful polluted waters contaminated by agricultural business interest is being stored in Lake Okeechobee, and because the polluted waters have been flushed out to the Gulf and Ocean creating toxic algae blooms along the waterways and coastline. The results of the flush have historically and most severely at present caused an environmental disaster that costs Florida and its citizens a fortune in damages of various sorts. The intended goal of the purchase is to stop the environmentally damaging rapid trans coastal flush, and to provide a more natural filter for the reinvigoration of a dehydrating dying Everglades environmental system by providing fresh waters that safely travel South through the purchased holding lands. It is a scientifically practical approach that serves the interest of all Floridians. What is most egregious about Gov. Scott and the state legislators neglect of purchase and follow up is that they were given a directive by the citizens of Florida through constitutional amendments to move forward on this project. They have turned their backs on the people who elected them in favor of the interest of big agricultural business that funded their political campaigns. To make matters worse the funds that have been allocated are being misappropriated and intentionally diverted by those same elected leaders. Additionally, the agreements between the state and the owners of lands intended to be purchased will expire soon and the landowners intend to use much of that land for other purposes more profitable to them in today’s market.
After consulting with environmental engineers that are experts in the area, I’ve confirmed resolution of the Lake issue would lend to the reduction of the nuclear plant salinization issue by increased depth of freshwater flow South. The approach would also require the inclusion of an Eastern flow toward the plant with appropriate flood avoidance of the South Dade agricultural lands that can be accomplished by additional projects similar to that of the Palmetto Bays Deering Flow Way further to the South. That would support the Biscayne Bays Coastal Wetlands Project in returning natural habitats, reducing salt water intrusion, and decreasing hyper salinization of Southern Biscayne Bay. The solutions are not too complicated, but the key to success of such an effort begins with the land purchases South of Lake Okeechobee.
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HOUSE DISTRICT 118 – Lynda Bell (REP)
HOUSE DISTRICT 118 – Carlos Pria (REP)
HOUSE DISTRICT 118 – David Rivera (REP)
HOUSE DISTRICT 118 – Anthony Rodriguez (REP)
HOUSE DISTRICT 118 – Steven A. Rojas Tallon (REP)
HOUSE DISTRICT 120 – Kevin Diaz (DEM)
HOUSE DISTRICT 120 – Dan Horton (DEM)