Candidate Name: Ryan Terrell
What office are you running for?
Florida House of Representatives, District 7
With which party are you running for office?
Why are you running for office?
I am running to rebuild our Florida panhandle communities that were destroyed by Hurricane Michael, the third-most powerful storm to hit the continental United States. I am also running to lift struggling families out of generational poverty and give everyone a fair chance to reach their God-given potential in House DIstrict 7!
What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
Hurricane Michael left thousands homeless, unemployed, and facing serious trauma and desparation. Some of the most pressing issues include a lack of affordable housing units, small rural cities and counties not having the available access to grants and low-interest loans for debris clean-up and rebuilding efforts, water and natural resources in danger of being polluted by oil drilling and effluent run-off that will threaten local fishing/oystermen jobs, and access to affordable healthcare. As a former legislative aide, I have been fighting these issues everyday since December 2018 and have specific proposals outlined on my social media platforms.
How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
First and foremost, by recognizing the real threat to our democracy: a fundamental lack of compassion and empathy toward one another that has premeated through the ranks of the ultra wealthy and corporate leaders. If we can elect leaders who legislating with a philosophy in improving people’s lives, instead of what makes them the most money, we can make this country truly great.
Who is your hero?
What are your hobbies?
Fishing, Political Cartography, Fiddle-playing, Karaoke, Community Service
What is the most recent book you read?
Leviathan – Thomas Hobbes
Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
One goddaughter – age 3
How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
Please visit my website www.voteour850.org and sign up for emails, to volunteer, and especially contribute to our effort to help save our families in the Florida panhandle!
What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?
What’s the most unusual job you ever held?
I was the House Democratic Caucus analyst in charge of redistricting during the 2011 Florida redistricting cycle. My job was to stop or mitigate as much damage as possible from the Republican majority while coordinating a caucus that was in the super-minority at the time. Despite the challenge, I corralled enough votes to almost defeat the state senate maps in the House. The final vote passed with the bare minimum 61 votes.
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