Who am I?
Wife, mom, County Commissioner and now Vice Mayor of Broward County. For the past 14 years I have built a record of results by bringing people together to solve problems. Ive been recognized for my work as a champion for sustainable growth, clean water and smart public transportation and last year I was named by the Obama administration to lead a national council on ocean and coastal policy.
Starting as a neighborhood activist, I quickly earned the trust of my community by identifying problems, organizing divergent groups to work together building consensus, and bringing about change. This is the same problem solving approach I draw on as a County Commissioner where I have worked with leaders from both parties as well as dozens of local governments to get positive results for neighborhoods throughout the region.
All through my career, I have fought tough fights and won by building coalitions. I took on big corporations to keep toxic ash from being dumped near our waterways and stopped Enron from building dirty power plants. I brought together four South Florida counties to sign a historic compact to speak with one voice to federal and state government about the unique needs of our region.
I have worked to expand affordable housing, revitalize neighborhoods, and protect women and children from domestic violence. I have championed equality and human rights issues such as Broward Countys Human Rights Ordinance, and offering domestic partnership benefits not only to county employees but to all who contract with the Broward County.
In 2002, I forged consensus on the County Commission to pass a Living Wage Ordinance that guarantees a decent salary for county workers and those doing work under government contracts.
I have a proven record of solving problems and getting results. Thats exactly what we need right now in Washington. In Congress, I will bring people together and get the results we need to improve education and economic opportunity, strengthen Medicare and Social Security and reduce our dependence on foreign oil and protect a womens right to choose.
Why am I running?
Like so many Americans, I am frustrated and disappointed by the name-calling in Congress. Members of Congress are too focused on placating special interest groups and do not work toward achieving viable, productive solutions to the problems facing this country. As a member of Congress, I will continue to do what I have done for my entire career in public service; identify problems, organize divergent groups to work together to build consensus and bring about real change. I will work to elevate the discourse.
Throughout my tenure as a public servant, I have worked diligently on many critical issues facing South Florida including transportation, environment and sustainable communities. These issues require a champion who will give her energy, resources and dedication. I am that champion.
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My Campaign is People Powered!
Upon entering the race in late February I decided that I would get on the ballot by petition - including people in the process is at the heart of this grassroots campaign. In a little over eight weeks we secured over 2,600 signatures from voters in South Florida to successfully qualify. I was thrilled to have completed this effort so quickly and know that people power is invaluable.
Our campaign is building aggressive grassroots and volunteer programs that use traditional methods of identifying more supporters to reach our win number through door-to-door canvassing, phone banking and community events. We are also employing cutting tactics including on-line advertising and on-line organizing to make our grassroots campaign even more effective.