Who am I?

I have lived in Daytona Beach, Florida most of my life. I went to Port Orange Elementary School, Silver Sands Middle School and Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange, Florida. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Florida. Upon graduation, I went to Florida State University College of Law and graduated with honors. I was recognized and selected as a speaker at the induction ceremony on behalf of all new lawyers for attaining highest bar exam score in 5th District Court of Appeal in Florida. I am licensed to practice law in Florida and Illinois. I have started my own Law Firm of Verma & Associates, P.A. in Daytona Beach, Florida.

During my college years, I decided I wanted to be in public life and serve as an elected official. I believe in my ability to make a difference in peoples lives and contribute to the betterment of society. I support recruiting exceptional teachers, funding advance placement, college prep programs, and after school programs for our kids. I encourage open communication between students, parents and school teachers, and investment in our countrys youth. I am a firm supporter for community development, tax incentives for businesses to relocate in our district and create jobs for hard working American people.

Why am I running?

Our great nation is at a crossroads and we are facing unprecedented challenges. It is disheartening to see our Congress fight ideological battles at the expense of the people that they represent. I want to represent great people of Florida in U.S. House of Representatives to create new jobs, a stronger economy, and remind the career politicians in Washington D.C. that their only duty is to represent and fight for the people of this great district, and not advance their own political ideologies, or agendas.

I will make real change in Washington by working with my future colleagues and reminding them the American values that have sustained us for 235 years equality, opportunity, liberty, justice and our will to come together regardless of race, gender, creed, or religion. I believe that Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and other honorable leaders have to work together for the betterment of our future generation.

My Goals

Improve the economy: My detail plain stress public-private partnership, in which the private companies will get tax incentives for hiring American workers and investing in our infrastructure. We need to revitalize our manufacturing industry and work with the industrialist to build new plants in U.S, thus providing jobs for the American people, which in turn will also increase revenue.

We need a corporate tax reform by closing tax loopholes and special tax relief bought by the wealthiest corporations. I will work diligently to eliminate fraud, waste and abuse from government programs, and reduce the national debt. I will work with the Treasury Department, Federal Reserve, and our business leaders to strengthen the dollar, create job opportunities, reduce trade deficit, and once again strive to attain the budget surplus. I will coordinate with IMF and World Bank to reduce the Chinas currency manipulation and fight for fair trade agreement to protect American interests.

Social Security: I will fight to protect and strengthen Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Retirement benefits. While eliminating fraud and abuse from the system, I will fight to protect the benefits promised to you while paying into the system, and carry out reforms necessary to ensure that Social Security can meet its obligations and pay the benefits promised to our citizens during their lifetime. I will continue to provide cheaper prescription drugs for elderly and underprivileged. As your Congressman, I will pass legislation that will prevent nursing home abuse and protect our senior citizens because they are some of society's most valuable people, and they have sacrificed so much for our nation.

Small Businesses: I will fight to provide tax relief for hard working families and small businesses. I will continue to support Floridas history, honor and tradition of having no personal income tax, and one of the lowest sales taxes in the nation. I will work with Small Business Administration to provide loans for small business that invest and provide jobs in our communities. Furthermore, I will work with the insurance companies to lower the costs of providing health care to employees I will create, encourage, and provide incentive programs to promote entrepreneurship, American ingenuity, and spur job growth within our local communities.

Womens Rights: I am a strong supporter of a womens independent right to choose and make decisions regarding her own body. I will fight to preserve Pro-Choice under Roe vs. Wade as a Congressman. While I personally believe an abortion should only be used as a last resort measure, the correct focus should be on education and prevention of unwanted pregnancies.

Military & Defense: I am Pro-United States Military, and I will fight to ensure that the financial resources are available to fund the delivery of food, personal care and required items to U.S. Troops stationed across the world. I am truly thankful for all the sacrifices that our troops have made and I will continue to encourage organizations to provide support for veterans programs, give preference to the veterans, and provide them with access to jobs and job coaching. I will help develop and implement programs to successfully integrate the veterans back in the society and provide tragedy assistance resources for their family. I support Freedom Alliance and their program activities aimed at supporting and honoring our service members and their families including a Scholarship Fund which provides college scholarships to the sons and daughters of U.S. military personnel. I strongly believe that we need to continue our fight against terrorism, but at the same time bring our troops back home from Afghanistan. I will use aggressive and direct diplomacy and any other means necessary to prevent the Iranian regime from developing a nuclear program. I will continue to support the development of new military capabilities, increase first response readiness for Florida National Guard and protect U.S national security interests.

Civil Rights: As your Congressman, I will fight to protect civil liberties and freedoms guaranteed to all citizens from the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Civil Rights Amendments. I will ensure the underprivileged are protected from discrimination. I will work with our leaders to enforce Fair Pay Act, Equal Pay for women and minorities. I will fight for my constituents right for privacy and prevent their rights from being infringed without judicial oversight. I will uphold the rule of law while fighting for equality by ending racial profiling and sentence disparities for similar crimes. I will expand hate crime statues to prevent racially motivated crimes.

Education: I will protect Florida Bright Futures scholarships and work with Congress to provide access to quality education for all Floridians. I will fight to protect the federal grants and students loans that provide all students with access to a higher education. I will ensure that the state tuition remains affordable to all working class families. As your Congressman, I will provide incentive to recruit the next generation of highly qualified teachers for our students. I will fight to eliminate the abuses in pensions programs, while protecting the pension benefits for the hard working teachers. I will implement legislation that will foster open communication between parents, school teachers, students and administrative officials to serve the best interest for the students.

Health Care : I will work closely with all leaders to protect health care benefits for our children, elderly and the poor. I will implement focused and calculated legislation which will eliminate denial of coverage based on pre-existing conditions. I will work closely with our political and business leaders to increase free market competition with the insurance companies to reduce the overall cost of healthcare. I will pass legislation that will provide NIH grants to promote research at hospitals, universities and private sector to create next generation of drugs. In addition, I will strive to promote quality healthcare with access to affordable medication and treatments for all our citizens.

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Voice support

Supporters:

  • Sandra Henson, FL
  • Andrew Calabria, FL


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