As we saw this morning the county offered assistance for people from the CARES act. They ran out of funding in less than 5 minutes. It is clear that our current elected officials have no idea what the people of Pasco County are going through at this time.
We had so many people struggling before COVID 19, but in the new normal we have more people struggling because businesses are not opening or they were self employed and their business has dried up. We need to start working to try fix the cracks in our very broken system because so many people are falling through them at this time. Our current elected officials seem to have forgotten that they have a responsibility to the people that they govern. It is time for us to start reminding them. We need to call them out and we need to vote them out!
I have been working with a lot of volunteers to make sure everyone has access to voting during this time. One of the ways that people can make sure that they can still vote, they can sign up for vote by mail.
You will be mailed your ballot 6 weeks before the election, so you can sit down and google all the candidates that are running for office. You can then track your ballot online after you have sent it in at pascovotes.com. We need to make sure that everyone can vote safely during this time.
I am tired of elected officials being more concerned about being reelected than they are about the health and welfare of their people. Those are not leaders and we in Pasco deserve better and we will get better when we elect someone like me who wants to make sure that the people of Pasco are represented and lead through times of crisis.
I am so proud of the changes that we have made this year when it comes to mom’s running for office. We now are allowed to have children on the floor of the Senate thanks to amazing women like Tammy Duckworth, and we can now count childcare as a campaign expense thanks to countless advocates. I am a mom. People who know me and follow my campaign know this. Zoey goes with me to meetings and to events. If I can find a person to watch her, then I go on my own. She is a part of my life and is the future of this party. Involving children at an early age in the political process helps to create future voters and voters that are engaged. We need to start thinking outside the box when it comes to engaging voters. If we keep our meetings not accessible to parents, then we will not be able to get them involved in the process. I am fortunate that Zoey has made a lot of friends at these meetings and has been welcomed into the Democratic Party. As the political landscape changes it is the responsibility of the party to evolve with it. I am proud that we have had minimal issues with Zoey going with me to meetings. She is the future of this party and the most important person in my life.
As some of you know, I ran and worked at a small non-profit that helped people living with AIDS. Our agency closed it’s doors today. We worked hard in the area fighting for people to get the care and the help that they needed but the state of Florida felt that our program was unnecessary. So today I said goodbye to all of the hardworking case managers at our agency and wished them will in their future endeavors. It has been a difficult day for me, because I worry about the staff and the people that we served.
I always benefited from knowing the people we served. They were amazing individuals who had a lot of strength. I learned from all of them that it takes inner strength to continue on, even when it seems like life is hard. I have known that life is hard my whole life, but working with my people I learned how to keep going on when it seems like you want to shut down. This transition in my life has been difficult but it got me involved in the political world again. I always said that I would not run for office because of my loyalty to the people that I serve, and it is because of that loyalty that I am running. I believe that we need a politician that is loyal to the people they serve, not the developers or the people that fund their campaigns. We deserve someone that believes that people are important and that people matter. Someone that can set aside their own personal pain and issues and continue on for the betterment of the people. I know that it is my inner strength and conviction that has my opposition scared, and I have all of the people I have served over the years to thank for that. I appreciate all of the support that I have received and all of the support I will receive.
I am pending for an endorsement from Our Revolution. All I need is for people to complete the online poll. The more people I get the better. So if you believe that I can change the way that Pasco is governed the way that i believe it can be, then please complete the poll. Thank you!
I enjoy being invited to come out and speak to all of the local community groups! They have been very welcoming and I like hearing what issues that they are having. I cannot wait to work on those issues for the people of Pasco. We will be working a lot on building a strong base of supporters to bring this county back to the people here. If you are interested in volunteering please let me know. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to all of the people that have been out there helping me and other campaigns. We cannot do this without you!
So I was looking at my petitions to qualify and I have 3,115 approved of the 3,360 needed to qualify. I currently have 318 still at the SOE that they have to verify for qualification. Thank you to all of the volunteers that have gone out and knocked on doors to get me on the ballot.
I will still be out there knocking on doors to get the vote out for other candidates and to get petitions signed so that they qualify as well. So thank you to all of the volunteers that have been out there helping to make this possible.
With the legislation that impacts our unions passing the Florida House and the Florida Senate, we need to help protect our workers rights more then ever. It has been shown in the past that collective bargaining works and matters. Yet we do not support the rights of workers like we should. We continue to to devalue what the Unions represent. So I am asking that we go out and support the Teamsters at their Rally! They are meeting on March 29th at 5 pm at the corner of Little Rd and Citizen’s Drive by the Government Center. They have been fighting to protect the rights of the workers of Pasco and fighting for the raise they were promised back in October. I hope to see you there.
We have been out Canvassing again. We have a lot of dates coming up in March. We are working to Get Out the Vote for the City elections! We will be out in New Port Richey, Port Richey and Zephyrhills. It has been a lot fun. We have met a lot of people and gotten a lot of people energized to Vote. So if you want to help us out, you can come and join us. Bring a friend. We will teach you how to canvass. We have had a lot of people coming out and helping us.
The Dates and Locations are:
New Port Richey Library March 11th at 12:30 pm and March 25th at 12:30 pm
Port Richey Town Hall on March 31st at 10:30 am
Zephyrhills Library on March 17th at 10:30 am
If you are interested in coming let me know. I will also be out canvassing at the Chasco Fiesta. You can help there as well. We have a lot of volunteers getting signatures.
Thank you to all of the volunteers that have been coming out and helping! Without all of you we would not be as far as we are at this time.
So Votefest is happening again. It is a chance for candidates to get out there and to talk to the constituents. It is a chance to hear the candidates and for you to get to meet them. It is free but there are vendors there as well. So if you are in town on April 8th come out to Gil Dawg in Port Richey and listen to some music and some Politicians.
I of course will be there because I am not afraid to talk to the people and I know that people matter. So hopefully I will see you there!