Candidate Name: Amanda V. Linton
What office are you running for?
FL’s Senate District 21
With which party are you running for office?
Nov. 3, 2020
Why are you running for office?
To advocate for students and teachers, bringing a voice of reason to Florida’s state legislature, especially when it comes to public education.
What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
My community is most concerned with public education, caring for the environment, and making healthcare affordable and accessible. I plan to push for fully funding our public schools – Florida currently ranks 47th for teacher pay and 50th for inflation adjusted education spending since the close of the Great Recession. And yet, we have the 4th largest economy in the nation and the 17th largest economy in the world. Florida is booming and our children should be reaping the benefits. Moreover, I will advocate for protection of the fragile ecosystems of Florida. Our waterways make up our tourism economy; we must protect them and punish those who pollute and destroy them. Finally, I propose to push for expanding Medicare and ensuring that more Floridians have access to useful healthcare they can actually afford.
How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
We need to see government working for all people, not just the right or the left. True leadership is non-partisan. It supports and helps every individual. I’m using the hashtag #forallofus not because it’s trendy, but because it’s what I believe will make a difference. Government that works for all of us.
Who is your hero?
It’s a tie – Anna V. Eskamani and AOC
What are your hobbies?
I enjoy running, yoga, reading, and writing novels.
What is the most recent book you read?
Run For Something by Amanda Litman
Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
Yes! I am lucky enough to be the mother of three boys – Mason, 8, Lucas, 6, and Jackson, 5. I also have 4 doggos – a pug, a bulldog, and 2 rescued pit mixes. I have too many plants to list them all and you’d probably think I care too much about them!
How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
Interact on social media! Comments, reactions, and shares really help boost algorithms. Loves are better than likes!
What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?
Q: What has been the most challenging part of campaigning for office?
A: The learning curve. There are so many new things to pick up as a freshman candidate. My Type A personality wants to get it all right the first time!
Post created from answers submitted by candidate to our Meet the Candidate survey.
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