Who am I?

I am a Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress running in Florida’s 11th District challenging incumbent Republican Congressman Rich Nugent.
I am a fiscally responsible and socially progressive candidate, seeking
the opportunity to serve his community and country as the next Congressman
from Florida’s 11th District. I am a 43-year-old local businessman, father of four wonderful daughters, and married to an amazing, strong woman,
my wife Victoria. I have spent my entire life serving people, people in
our community, advocating, educating, and assisting to improve the quality of life of some of Florida’s most vulnerable citizens while respecting the needs of those who are more able.

Why am I running?

The Day after the Government shutdown I witnessed my representative, photo opting and taking down barricades at the WWII Memorial, at that exact moment I knew our country was at a tipping point, my country is in trouble, I committed myself at that time to do whatever it takes to have better representation in our government. Our system won't magically fix the problems.

People will.

I am a problem solver, a solution creator, and most of all an American. I have strong beliefs in family and community. I get things done.

I believe in the words of President and Founding Father Thomas Jefferson who said

“Equal rights for all, Special Privileges for none,”

And Congressional Librarian Archibald MacLeish

“There are those, I Know, who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American Dream.”

I believe the next generation of leadership must set the example of how our country will move forward. I want to be one of those leaders of this next generation. We must focus all our efforts on creating a strong economy, an economy that creates new family wage paying jobs. Working families must be the priority, they are the backbone of America.

Each election cycle we hear the same speeches, about how Congress is broken. Well, I believe in our constitution and our governmental institutions. Our government is not broken, it is the representatives who are broken.

I am optimistic, I believe in the future of the America. I believe that Congress has made some very bad choices in the past, but it does not mean that we have to continually repeat them, we can learn from our past mistakes and start making choices for the betterment of the people and our nation. I offer a solid program of effective leadership for Florida’s future.

I believe in our America and I believe in it’s people!

My Goals

As your representative I will continue to fight for Americas most vulnerable citizens, protect our environment, support a woman’s right to healthcare as well as provide excellent health care for all, support the middle class by promoting the growth of small business, while strengthening Labor Unions, I will continue to create a modern defense force that protects America and will always seek real peace negotiations first before sending our men and women in uniform into war, as your Congressman I promise that my strong conviction shall not waiver in the ongoing struggle to support of our veterans and defend our senior citizens against all attacks that would try to strip them of their dignity. I will bring the fight to our nations capitol that our children, our future is worth investing in and our desire to give a whole education to every American child no matter of their fiscal standing.

My DFA Values

Community: At age 17, I started serving persons with developmental disabilities. At 27, I founded my own agency to help persons with disabilities. Together with the people I serve, we better their lives by creating a greater independence, not by making the choices for them or through handouts, but by educating them to self-advocate, building upon decision-making skills, and encouraging self-created solutions. What this collaboration ultimately instills in the person, is a vested interest in their own futures.

Liberty: Helping people develop their own views, wether it be religious or struggling with sexuality I have dedicated my life to assisting people discover who they are and promote self esteem.

Security: We must be willing to work with all nations to promote human rights and dignity. This is a process best implemented through education not military intervention. We should never turn our back on any nation that wants to better itself but humantarian standards must be set. Knowledge will be our best offensive in creating a maintaining peace.

My Campaign is People Powered!

I have reached out and am supported by some members of The Sunshine State Clean Energy Coalition as well as Awake Marion. My message of our country's future as well an independence of clean renewable energy, protecting the EPA, investing in new technologies gain me progressive support whenever I speak.

The groups mentioned above are networking me through their system of support and connecting me with others who share the same vision.

Voice support

Supporters:

  • Sharon Ambs
  • Judith Callison, FL
  • Barbara Zvirbulis, FL
  • Maurine Elliott
  • Marsha Shearer, FL
  • Vanessa Hunter Hunter
  • kevin gange
  • Betty Hunt
  • Joseph Flynn
  • Kathleen Neidhart
...and 74 more.


About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

If you have questions, or want to let us know about a candidate in your neighborhood, please call us at (802) 651-3200 or email us at [email protected] .

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