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Why I'm Running
Growing up, my father taught me about the importance of service to country and service to others.
I felt the call to service that millions of Americans have experienced and ended up following in my father’s footsteps by joining the Navy. Service isn’t about personal ambitions or profits, it’s about putting others first, giving back to your community, and taking the steps necessary to improve the lives of others.
The truth is, our country is in a moment of crisis: a healthcare crisis, where millions of Americans cannot afford to refill a prescription or see a doctor at a time when our nation is grappling with a pandemic. A climate crisis, where irreversible damage is being done to our planet and coastal communities are in jeopardy. An economic crisis, where millions of Americans are crushed beneath student loan debt and stagnating wages.
And a crisis of leadership. Donald Trump is undermining the very foundation of our democracy, even going so far as to invite foreign adversaries to interfere in our elections. And Republicans like Brian Mast continue to endlessly enable him to further their own political ambitions.
Let’s face it. This isn’t about Right and Left. It’s about Right and Wrong.
For the past four years, I have been reaching out to, speaking to and advocating for people in this community. That effort has given me lifelong friendships and a deep commitment to serving Florida’s 18th District. I can no longer comfortably sit on the sidelines when there’s so much at stake. Right now, I feel that same call to service, to my country and my community, that I did when I chose to join the Navy.