What office are you running for?
State Representative, District 39
With which party are you running for office?
November 3, 2020
Why are you running for office?
Over the last few years I have felt an increasing call to more fully serve my community. I became a social studies teacher in order to have a stronger impact on youth. I choose to work with some of the most disenfranchised students in my community by teaching children ages 8 to 18 who are incarcerated. Every day I see those who are most in need and learn more about the problems facing so many people in my backyard. I see the results of inequity, poverty, and lack of education and I am passionate about helping to bring about change. We need to address issues facing everyday families, and that is why I feel called to run.
What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
District 39 is the fastest growing area in the state and fourth fastest in the country and the price of that growth is traffic. We need infrastructure solutions today in expanding I-4 and redesigning on-and-off ramps and public transportation solutions for the next generation, including expanding SunRail into Polk County and connecting Tampa and Orlando by high-speed rail. But increasingly, coronavirus has decimated the hospitality and tourism industry in Central Florida and so many of those workers live in Osceola and Polk Counties. District 39 had 2 of the top 4 counties in the state in unemployment rate in May, with Osceola topping the list at 31.1%. We need to completely redesign Florida’s Connect Unemployment website and rebuild it from scratch. And we need to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act in Florida to cover up to 800,000 more people.
How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
By listening. We need to meet people where they are, listen to their concerns, and not retreat to our bubbles, where we don’t hear from the other side. But that can only be effective when everyone is willing to listen. Representatives represent everyone in their district, not just those who voted or donated to a candidate. And we need to elect leaders who listen to the concerns of all constituents.
What are your hobbies?
Golf, tennis, running, video games, movies, TV
What is the most recent book you read?
People, Power, and Profits by Joseph E Stiglitz
Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
12-year-old son, Zachary
How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
Please follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And check out my website, http://www.chriscause.com, where you can sign up to volunteer, donate, or send me an email.
What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?
I wish you asked how many Florida Legislators are millionaires so I could mention that 4 out of 10 Florida Legislators are millionaires. And if millionaires are getting such great representation, who’s representing you?
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