Joy Goff-Marcil focuses on public education, pre-emption in first digital ad

Joy Goff-Marcil

Democratic Florida House of Representatives candidate Joy Goff-Marcil is launching her first internet video advertisement for House District 30, focusing principally on her support for public schools and her concerns over Tallahassee’s effort to pre-empt local powers.

A little over two minutes, the video features Goff-Marcil, a Maitland city councilwoman, standing outside the fence of Lake Sybelia Elementary School, talking at length about her concerns about what the Florida Legislature has done to public schools funding, with mentions of other school issues, and a roundup of concerns about state pre-emption of school boards and local governments.

Goff-Marcil faces Clark Anderson and Brendan Ramirez in the Aug. 28 Democratic primary in HD 30. The winner takes on incumbent Republican state Rep. Bob Cortes.

“I will fight to fully fund public schools, invest in teachers, and take away the emphasis on standardized testing,” she pledges in the video. “I do not believe that we should use taxpayers’ money for private school vouchers. I do not believe that teachers should be armed.”

As she talks, the video breaks away for brief images of at least six other public schools in HD 30, which overlays parts of both the Orange County School District and the Seminole County School District.

She also talks about how, on the Maitland City Council since 2013, she’s “seen how the state legislature launched an assault on our home rule,” with state pre-emptions ranging from tree canopies to “how we regulate our businesses and established downtowns.”

HD 30 covers south-central Seminole and north-central Orange, including parts of Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Casselberry, Maitland, Eatonville, and Winter Park.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected].


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