Meet the Candidate: Scott “Mr. H” Hottenstein (Florida)

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Candidate Name:

Scott “Mr. H” Hottenstein

What office are you running for?

State Representative, District 57

With which party are you running for office?

Democratic Party

Election Date

November 3, 2020

Why are you running for office?

“We the People” deserve legislators who will represent their interests, not special interests. As a 24 year retired naval officer and current middle school teacher, I’ve proved that I get the job done and take care of people. I am running for office so that District 57 has a Representative who believes in true Public Service and will work on the issues that matter to families in our district, especially in Public Education and Public Health. The current COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated the ineffectiveness of our state government, and I intend to help fix that when I’m elected.

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

Before COVID-19, I would have said that the biggest issue facing our community and state was underfunding of and attacks on public education. We need elected officials who will advocate for fully funding our future and pass legislation and budgets that put the focus on our children, not special interests.

What COVID-19 has made quite apparent is the failure of our state government to adequately provide for all of our residents in the state. The unemployment system is broken – and it was designed to be that way. The devastating effects of COVID-19 are apparent in populations who did not have health care because of the failure to take Medicaid expansion. eLearning was a failure because it made the inequities in our education system even worse. The way to repair our broken state government systems is to put the people first by listening to their needs and working to meet them.

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

There are many partisan issues that actually have bipartisan support, but because of the leadership in Tallahassee, are used as wedge issues. Two examples are public education funding and gun sense legislation. All around the state, voters have been 100% in approving referendums by local governments in increasing revenues for public education, yet the legislature continues to underfund it. Gun sense legislation, such as criminal background checks and tougher laws for securing guns in homes and vehicles, have approval ratings above 80%, but because Republican leadership represents special interests instead of the people, these bills aren’t even brought up for a vote. We need to elect Democratic majorities so that we have leadership who will listen to the people. As a State Representative, I will not be afraid to challenge leadership to represent the people interests above special interests.

Who is your hero?

My parents. They sacrificed so much to help me become who I am today.

What are your hobbies?

Reading, riding a bike, cooking, and (pre COVID-19) travel

What is the most recent book you read?

Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?

Two teenage sons; one just finished his freshman year in college, the other is a rising high school junior. One cat, who wonders why the humans are home all the time now…

How can our readers get involved in your campaign?

Go to my website or social media and tell us you want to help! We have a wide variety of things that you can help with, and most of them can be done remotely.

Candidate Social Media:

Website| Facebook | Twitter

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