Meet the Candidate: Jan Barrow (Florida)

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Candidate Name: Jan Barrow

What office are you running for?


Florida State Representative HD 40

With which party are you running for office?


Democratic Party

Election Date


November 3, 2020

Why are you running for office?


Florida’s current elected representative does not fight for the people and our voice has been lost. Perfect examples include the following: she voted to over-regulate Medical Marijuana; she voted to over-regulate Amendment 4; she voted to make it harder for our Floridians to get Citizens Initiatives on the ballot for us to decide; and she consistently votes against women’s rights; votes for the NRA; in 2017 she voted for fracking in Florida; and earlier in the month of May, she voted against holding a special session to fix the Florida Unemployment system while tens of thousands line up for free food to feed their families. Burton is a pro-gun, anti-choice candidate that does not fight for the people. I believe that Florida businesses can thrive while paying a livable wage; I believe our teachers, first responders, and healthcare workers deserve better; I believe we need to get more people in Tallahassee that can fight for the people to help those like Anna Eskamani. I am not a politician and HD 40 sends me to Tallahassee, I will fight for what is right and for the people.

What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?


Money (of course) and trying to campaign while social distancing. We have to be creative with Zoom meetings, social media, and hopefully raise enough money to get the word out via traditional platforms. House District 40 (Lakeland) is one of the red districts on the I-4 Corridor and a large portion of those who vote are over the age of 60. Traditional media like TV, billboards, yard signs and mailings need to be strongly pushed.

How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?


We have to be willing to compromise where we can. Also, we need to be able to quickly identify and then ignore the noise that distracts us from governing for the people. Most agree that we need livable wages, most agree that we need clean water, most agree we need an educated mass, most agree that we need better and accessible healthcare for all, but we (as a whole) allow those that make the most noise, those that yell the loudest, distract us from the work and or progress. It is time to stop the noise, to shut out the yelling talking-heads that are exploiting the people’s pocketbooks for their own personal financial gain. I also believe that we need to pay elected officials livable wages and make them work full time so that we can attract better candidates that can work for the people. Right now, a Florida State Representative gets approximately $29,000 per year to work for six to eight weeks. Florida is the 4th largest state and we need FULL TIME Representation and those who will role up their sleeves and truly work. If this position paid $60,000 or $75,000 a year, more could afford to run and younger people could afford to get involved. As it is now, you either have to be wealthy or have two jobs to serve the people. Therefore, much of Florida’s elected officials are wealthy and fail to relate to the everyday person’s struggles like should I pay my electric bill or buy groceries.

Who is your hero?


The everyday person who gets up again no matter how many times they get knocked down and do all over again. Also, Ruth Bader Ginsberg

What are your hobbies?


My family and my dog – exercise and saving the world through volunteerism, feeding people, helping my neighbors, etc.

What is the most recent book you read?”


Why We’re Polarized by Ezra Klein

Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?


One son that I raised by myself without child support who is 38; one granddaughter; a fabulous daughter-in-law; one dog; one fish; lots of plants, but none talk to me; lots of birds, squirrels, and nature around; and my partner of 10 years.

How can our readers get involved in your campaign?


Help me gain more social media momentum; write letters to our editor of The Ledger; donate (of course only if they have it).

What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?

What makes me different than other candidates? Answer: I am not a professional politician, I am someone has struggled as a single parent, worked two jobs to make ends meet and a professional women who fought many battles just become middle class. I understand what it is like to have fight systems not equally designed for all. I want all to have an equal starting point – a fair chance to be successful. I see the imbalances. I want equal opportunity so that there’s a fighting chance for all people and their children, regardless of their background, have access to good schools/colleges, equal access to capital, and are paid livable wages. While people will achieve different levels of success, all should be afforded equal opportunity regardless of their background.

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