What office are you running for?
State Representative, District 52
With which party are you running for office?
November 3, 2020
Why are you running for office?
Florida is evolving into a progressive state whose citizens demand comprehensive legislative reforms and real leadership on serious issues. We can drive these reforms to deliver affordable healthcare, economic equality, educational reform, climate activism through an aggressive, common sense agenda that serves all Floridians. I am running for State Representative because I truly believe fresh leadership is required to meet these challenges and I want our children to know that we are not powerless in the face of our problems. Because I believe we can build a 21st Century Florida that encourages inclusive and sustained economic growth with a focus on middle-class opportunity. Because I believe healthcare should be considered a right and not just a privilege for those who can afford it. Because I know our education system is good, but can evolve into a true engine of opportunity available as a bridge to the American Dream. Because I know that our climate is changing and if we do not respond with decisive action, our children will suffer the consequences of our inaction. I am running to keep our community and state moving forward by addressing our problems head on through a progressive platform that seeks to unite Floridians in the face of an uncertain future – because there is more that unites us than divides us.
What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
Climate change. As a former intelligence analyst, the military has been tracking the future impact of climate change across the globe and we are not immune to it’s effects. Changes to climate will cause increased flooding, wreak havoc on our 178B tourism industry, disproportionately affect minority communities, and potentially devastate our space industry. However, with every problem there is opportunity. Aggressive climate action will mitigate the impact of climate change and can push us to build a resilient infrastructure that is prepared for any challenges ahead. Preemptive action will ensure we protect our space and tourism industry and ensure our people are safe and secure in the coming years. Preemptive action ensures we can build a BETTER economy with improved jobs that fuels our Florida economy. We are not doing this for us folks, we are doing it for our kids and their kids. This is our time to rise to the challenge and I know we can meet it head on if we work together.
How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
We live in divisive times in which we are told that the other side of the aisle is evil, a rat, and a communist traitor. We know that isn’t the case and that there is more that unites us than divides us, regardless of party affiliation. Floridians want high-paying jobs, living wages, better schools, safe cities, and a roof over their head that can handle a hurricane. The other issues are wedge issues that are meant to make use think that we are farther apart than we really are. We are all just Floridians trying to make a good life for our families.
If you look at my opponent’s record, you will see a career politician who moves to Republican districts where he can win an election and then does virtually nothing for his constituents. Sound dangerous? No. Does it make you mad that your elected leader hides in Tallahassee and doesn’t vote in your best interests? It should.
Listen, my mom and dad raised me to believe that public service, not politics, was something to aspire to. That is why I raised my hand to serve the military and that is why I am raising my hand again–this time to ask for your vote. I am a Democrat in a VERY red district, but I want you to understand that first and foremost, I am a good man who honors his word. And that word comes with a promise to serve Republicans, Democrats, and Independents in District 52 with fierce individuality and an unparalleled commitment to each and every citizen of Brevard. Leaders run towards the fight, not away from it. I run with a military record of inclusiveness, regardless of party and I intend to do the same once elected in order to achieve real and lasting change in Florida.
Who is your hero?
Heroes – my father and mother. Both were different in their only ways, but taught me the value to treating everyone with respect, regardless of class system. Those same values are what I teach my children today. Going a step further, If I had a second choice it would be Tedd Roosevelt. He was a combination of intellectual and adventurer that I both admire and wish we had more of these days.
What are your hobbies?
As a proud native Californian, I am an avid Los Angeles Lakers fan and also play basketball with my sons, Ethan and Aiden. I also play guitar and sing (badly) in a group of musician neighbors.
What is the most recent book you read?
We own the Future – Democratic Socialism American Style by Kate Aronoff, Peter Dreier, and Michael Kazin
Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
Three children – Scarlett (23), Ethan (18), and Aiden (13). We have one cat named Pepper who thinks and acts like a dog most days.
How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
Visit DabbsforD52.com/#contact and fill out the form. First and foremost, we want you to be informed on the issues and vote accordingly, but if you are ready for a dedicated politician with the courage to stand up to the establishment, please consider volunteering!
What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?
What is your past political experience? None and I wear it as a badge of honor in an environment where both sides of the aisle have become obstacles to change. My entire career has been dedicated to tackling toughest problems the military could throw at me and politics is no different. I do not consider myself a politician, but a public servant. As such, I will serve the will of the people with honor and dignity from day one.
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