Candidates are listed in ballot order, with lots of links provided so you can check things out and decide for yourself. Author endorsements marked with ⋆stars⋆ for your ease and convenience.
Florida State Senator, District 19
Ed Narain:Augie Ribiero:
- Experienced in the Florida House
- Sponsored a lot of bills, mostly good stuff, though little of it passed
- Mixed bag issues page; lots of good ideas, but a focus on "Reducing Crime" rather than criminal justice reform irks me (YMMV)
- Doesn't think fast food workers deserve to make $15/hr which is pretty gross imo
- Has sent me fully one fucktillion mailers
- Seems like a fairly stand-up guy
- Issues page checks out, including and especially on issues that disproportionately affect Floridians (environment, utilities, education)
- Apparently isn't popular enough to get invites to events like this forum?
- Also experienced
- Voting history is a big mixed bag. Tried to put Kratom on Schedule 1, and ban the sale of "powdered alcohol" - but also sponsored some decent bills that would have helped support people in poverty. None of these bills have actually passed tho so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
- Issues page is decent, and specifically mentions reproductive rights, so that's cool
Florida State Representative, District 70
(Which happens to be Darryl Rouson's current House seat)
(Which means ideally I'm looking for someone who is better than Rouson, if possible.)
- I found his Facebook page and this red-white-and-blue HTML monstrosity before I found his official page, and I hate to admit that's coloring my view of him but there it is
- His issues page is decent, focusing a lot of attention on the needs of communities of color
- Pulled a Bernie and announced endorsements he didn't have
- Issues page is mostly cool, but is more notable for what it leaves out, namely any mention of discrimination by race, gender, sexuality, etc. The only reference he makes is about refunding Planned Parenthood, which is good, but not enough. Great stances on labor, though!
- One of the things I found is his response to a paper's endorsement of someone else, which is informative for both its content and its tone. I am less than impressed
- His website looks like something I might have made in Geocities in the early aughts and it hurts us, precious
- I was really hoping his issues page would redeem him, but... ugh. Nope. I'm sorry. I am having trouble seeing the substance through the lack of style
(None of these are better than Rouson, from what I can see. I endorse no one. Good luck.)
County Judge, Group 8
- Lead trial attorney for domestic violence unit at the Pinellas-Pasco Attorney's Office.
- Her record (which I assume is reflected on her News page) is reflective of her experience, involving DV cases
- Runs civil / personal injury law firm, served as a traffic judge for 11 years
- I didn't find much about his record, but I did find this news story about his unprofessional behavior, which makes me question dude's judgment
- He also included some subtle digs at his opponent in that TBT interview which turned me off
County Judge, Group 9
- Served in the Florida House, representing District 68, for which his record is pretty decent
- The second page on his website (and his attack mail) claims his incumbent opponent is inexperienced, because... she got admitted to the bar later than he did? That's super gross, dude.
- Neither of these
jerksfine upstanding folks has a proper issues/history/news page, but Myriam at least includes a video of a forum they both attended
School Board Member, District 1 (At Large)
Based on the info I've found on Ballotpedia, especially their answers to the TBT forum questions, I am likely voting for ⋆Joanne Lentino⋆ as she:
- Is a retired teacher
- Is actually endorsed by teachers' and educational associations
- Seems to actually know what she's doing, including basic stuff like "answering the questions as asked" (you would think this wouldn't be a problem, but seriously, check out some of her competitors' answers).
- Basically "Do you want solar power equipment to be exempt from property taxes Y/N?"
- I like solar, so I'll probably say yes
- More info on Ballotpedia
Check out my review of the candidates for US Senate here.
If there is something I left out that you think is important to know about these candidates, please share it with me in comments! The more we know, the better able we are to make good decisions in the upcoming elections.
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