I was born in Hialeah, FL and raised in a middle class household. I’m a native and lifelong Floridian and a Lee County resident since 1979. I attended Orangewood and Allen Park Elementary, Fort Myers Middle School and graduated from Fort Myers Senior High School in 1988. I attended Edison Community College, majoring in Computer and Information Science. I obtained my Florida Real Estate Associate License in 2007. My full time career has been in Information Technology field for the past 23 years. My wife, and love of my life, Ruth and I live in North Fort Myers with our two rescue dogs and we’re proud to call Southwest Florida our home.My parents are both longtime educators in the Lee County Public School system. My great-grandfather was one of the founding members of IBEW Local 349 in Miami, my grandfather and father were also IBEW Local 349 electricians. My father served in the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam as an airplane mechanic.
My wife and I have worked for years on a wide range of environmental issues as passionate advocates for Florida’s environment, which is amazing and unique. As a legislator I will continue the work I’ve done while serving as Group Chair of Sierra Club Calusa Group, on the board of directors of Caloosahatchee Riverwatch, co-founder of Clean Water Initiative of Florida and as a Climate Reality Leader. I have also been involved with the passage of fracking ban ordinances in both the City Of Bonita Springs and the Villages of Estero and was directly responsible, working with the mayor of Cape Coral and city council, for passage of a fracking ban ordinance in the City Of Cape Coral. As a newly elected Florida State Representative I will work to pass statewide fracking ban legislation.
Our rivers, lakes, beaches, oceans and other various waterways, as well as national treasures like the Everglades, are what brings millions of people here each year to visit and some of them stay permanently. I’ve witnessed the decline of our natural resources and disappearance of the natural beauty of our state at the hands of legislators who take money from big corporate special interests and do their bidding instead of what the people and the state of Florida need. During Matt Caldwell’s time in the Florida State House, we’ve seen a steady decline in the condition of our environment and water quality while Big Sugar pours millions of dollars into political campaigns and Political Action Committees (PACs).
The health of our environment is inextricably linked to the health of our economy. Florida’s biggest industry, our 70+ billion per year tourism industry, affects jobs, property values, fishing, revenue and many other facets of our society. One of the few things we must do to ensure it continues to thrive is conserve and protect Florida’s environment and natural resources. Governor Rick Scott and Matt Caldwell have overseen some of the worst environmental policies our state has ever seen. We deserve better. If you want to stop the destructive Lake Okeechobee discharges that are destroying our estuaries and make our coastal waters look like an oil spill occurred; if you want to see REAL Everglades Restoration move forward by purchasing land south of Lake Okeechobee and move clean, fresh water south into the Everglades; if you want to save our fisheries, tape grass, sea grass, oyster beds, marine life and tourism industry, please support my campaign. Our precious waterways and the natural beauty of our great state should not be partisan political issues.
I am willing to work with anyone, regardless of party, to make our state a better place to live for ALL citizens, not just a select few or for those who adhere to a strict set of rules dictated by a ruling class of people who currently control our state’s government. I look forward to meeting you and serving you as State House Representative for District 79. I respectfully ask for your vote so I can represent YOU and be “The People’s Voice” in Tallahassee come November 8th.