What office are you running for?
State Representative, District 11
With which party are you running for office?
November 3, 2020
Why are you running for office?
So many Floridians are struggling right now and their needs aren’t being represented in Tallahassee. That’s why I’m running for State Representative. My opponent would rather vote against a special session to fix Florida’s broken unemployment system, rather than look out for the Floridians he was elected to represent. Our community needs better jobs, expanded healthcare, a refocus on our public education system, and continued commitment to our pristine beaches, coastal waterways, and local parks. As State Representative, I’m committed to putting the people first and placing their needs above corporate interests.
What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
Expand healthcare. I believe healthcare is a right, not a privilege. And the current COVID-19 crisis has made clear that we’re all relying on each other to stay healthy. Here in Florida, with nearly 3 million Floridians uninsured, we must expand Medicaid, which would cover more than 400,000 low income Floridians and get us closer to every Floridian being covered. I also believe that no one should be denied coverage for pre-existing conditions or go bankrupt getting the care they need. I’ll work to expand affordable coverage options, so that we can lower healthcare costs for you and your family.
How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
As I’ve talked to community members, I keep hearing how tired they are of misplaced priorities and inaction, especially when our state and country are facing the greatest challenge of our lifetimes. Our community deserves a leader who will work with others to solve problems, and that’s why I’m running against an out-of-touch incumbent who has placed partisanship above people time and again.
I’ve spent my career in the non-profit sector working to empower people to do good in their communities. There will be issues in which compromise will not be possible… that’s politics. My values are important to me. But it’s time to return to the days of treating each other with respect and if you hear a good idea, from the other party, embrace it and stop looking for ways to tear each other down. I was born and raised in North Florida – it’s time we return to the days of having conversations around the dinner table, without yelling. You can disagree but still be respectful – that’s the State Representative I’ll be in the Florida Legislature.
Who is your hero?
My mom – she was a single mother, raising 3 boys, who had 5 jobs to take care of us. She will always be my hero.
What are your hobbies?
Tennis, Golf, College Sports (Florida State fan), Love Theatre, Running
What is the most recent book you read?
Currently reading “The Founding Treason” – it’s a book by Jeremy Burns, a high school friend. Just finished reading “1776” by David McCullough
Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
Pets – 4 dachshunds – Dexter, Dirk, Lady and Max. My husband and I are on an adoption website in the Jacksonville area, waiting to adopt. We are excited about becoming parents in the near future.
How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
Small dollar donations (and recurring donations) are always important – we have a big fundraising goal by the end of May to show that this campaign is viable: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/votejoshuahicks Otherwise, go to the website: http://www.votejoshuahicks.com – sign up for the email list and offer to volunteer. Because of COVID-19, this campaign will have to be different – we are going to text voters, phone bank, do heavy social media campaigns… we might not have as much face to face campaigning as in the past, but we’ll make up for it by outworking my opponent.
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