The opioid epidemic is one of the most compelling issues facing our country, today!
Since the crisis began in the late 1990’s, more than 700,000 people have died from drug overdoses. The opioid epidemic has killed more Americans than guns or car accidents and doing so at a pace faster than the H.I.V. epidemic did at its peak. At a rate of 175 deaths a day, the total number of opioid deaths now exceed the number of American killed during the Vietnam War.
As a military war veteran, I have proudly served my country! I am running for the legislature to continue my public service and to improve the lives of my neighbors. Too often politicians run for office and lose sight of why they originally wanted to serve the public. Our current legislator has exceeded his term limits by exploiting loop holes in the system.
I have no intention of becoming a career politician and pledge not to serve more than eight years in office. Isn’t it time that we elect public officials based upon their record and ideas rather than their name ID?
With the fourth largest economy in the United States, it’s embarrassing that our school system ranks near-last.
We can all agree that Florida’s education system is in dire need of help. According to a report in USA Today, Florida “receives some of the lowest funding of any state school system in the country. The state allocates only 2.7% of its taxable resources to school funding, well below the 3.3% average funding across all school systems.” Recent funding cuts has resulted in teacher layoffs and the elimination of many activities including music, arts and athletic programs. Temporary fixes are barely keeping the system together and it is our children who are paying the price!
Florida is one of three states that lead the nation in Income Inequality!
According to the Economic Policy Institute, a non-partisan think tank, Florida has one of the largest income gaps between the very rich and everyone else! The report cites that in Florida, "the top 1 percent had an average income of $1.54 million, or 39.5 times as much as the $39,094 average income for the bottom 99 percent.” In addition, “the disparity is so lopsided in part because the average Florida wages for the bottom 99 percent are well below the national average.”
As a gun owner and combat veteran, I believe in the right to safe gun-ownership. Yet, with 22 veterans committing suicide a day (more than 2/3rds from firearms) and tens of thousands of Americans dying by guns each year, it’s time for a change to our gun-laws. I am committed to supporting legislation that enforces comprehensive background checks for all gun purchases. States that have passed these types of laws have shown a significant decrease in gun-related violence!