Just like in 2016, we’re again asking every candidate, including incumbents, to complete a questionnaire we believe offers an interesting, albeit, thumbnail sketch of who they are and why they are running.
If you are a candidate and would like to complete the questionnaire, email Peter@FloridaPolitics.com.
Significant other? Kids?
I have no significant other, and no two-legged children, but plenty of four-legged ones.
Political Science Degree from University of FL.
Upon graduation, went to Washington, DC to work for Congressman Bill Young, a Florida Republican, from St. Petersburg. Served as his aide on Defense and NASA appropriation matters.
What was your first job?
Elevator operator at the Citrus Tower in Clermont, FL, when citrus was as far as the eye could see. Gave elevator speech to tourists.
In 25 words or less, why are you running for office?
I am running to give back to the community that raised me. I have had a very successful career. My only purpose is to do good for the people of the 32nd district.
Did you speak with anybody in your political party before deciding on running? Receive any encouragement?
I met with the Democratic Party of Lake County. After making a long list of the reasons to not run versus why to run, I can say that my above answer is the only one on the list for running. The negative list was very long. My nephew was a strong advocate for me running because he thought I was the only Democratic candidate that had a chance of winning this district.
Who do you count on for advice?
I know my district, and I have a good sense of what the people need and want. I also rely on my nephew, family, and friends for advice.
Who is your political consultant? Campaign manager?
Deliver Strategies is my direct mail company. I have multiple campaign advisors and managers.
Who was the first person to contribute to your campaign? Why did they donate?
I reached out to my former clients and associates in the shipbuilding industry. They came through big time. I also reached out to my family members who also came in big. They all respect me for my accomplishments and know that I will do a good job for district 32.
Who, if anyone, inspires you in state government?
As you know, the state government has been run by Republicans for more than 20 years. They have passed terrible legislation regarding our environment and public-school funding. So, no one inspires me.
Why do people mistrust elected officials and what are you going to do about it?
People mistrust public officials because they think they are all bought off by big business and special interest. I can assure all 32nd residents that no one will buy my vote. I have had a very successful career and am doing this only for the people of the 32nd district – not special interests where they conflict with my agenda of reinvigorating our public schools, giving our teachers the pay raise they deserve, protecting our environment, supporting our agricultural community, and working for high paying jobs in the district.
What are 3 issues that you’re running on? (You’re not allowed to say education or “improving the schools”)
Please see above answer.
What is a “disruptive” issue (i.e. ride-sharing) you are interested in?
I don’t understand the question.
What does your legislative district need from Tallahassee?
More school funding to give our public schools the resources they need to exceed and to pay our teachers what they deserve. Infrastructure funding to make sure we have the roads to keep up with explosive growth. Environmental cleanup funds to keep our lakes clean.
Who was the best governor in Florida’s modern history?
If you could amend the Florida Constitution, what would you change?
Support amendment #4 to reinstate felons voting rights once they have served their time and probation. This amendment doesn’t apply to murderers or sex abusers. It is a shame what Gov [Rick] Scott has put these people through – many times 10 years and lots of money in legal fees – it is criminal what Tallahassee is doing to the people who have served their time for their crime.
Are yard signs an important part of campaigning in your district?
I don’t know. I had very few yard signs in the primary. I am putting out a lot more in the general because I do believe it helps with name recognition. But who knows the ultimate value.
What’s the first thing you read each morning?
The lower third on MSNBC.
Where do you get your political news?
Daily Commercial, CNN, MSNBC, and local news channels.
Who do you think will be the next President of the United States?
60 Minutes or House of Cards?
House of Cards is why I subscribed to Netflix. Love 60 Minutes.
Social media presence? Twitter handle?
Facebook, cynthiabrownfor32, twitter is @brownfor32.
In 140 characters, what’s a Tweet that best describes your campaign message?
Raised in the 32nd district, a champion for public and vo-tech schools, our teachers, our environment and agriculture.
Bridge, Horse-back riding.
Favorite sport and sports team?
Tennis player and NFL, go Gators!