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Margaret Good knows we deserve a representative who understands that solving our community’s challenges takes more than three-word slogans and partisan name-calling. That means changing the kind of people we send to Washington. We need a representative who will listen to people, work hard, and do the right thing; even when it means working with those you don’t always agree with or standing up to your own party. That’s what Margaret’s done in the Florida House, and that’s what she’ll do in Congress. Rep. Good currently serves in the Florida House of Representatives.
US Congressional District 16 includes parts of Sarasota and Hillsborough Counties and all of Manatee County.
Attorneys, Judges, and community leaders trust Betsy Young because they know she has the experience and track record our community deserves in the State Attorney’s Office. In her two decades as a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, Betsy Young has developed a deep, well-rounded understanding of the justice system. After graduating from the FSU College of Law, Betsy has served as Assistant State Attorney where she’s protected us by prosecuting career criminals, white collar crime, and defending our constitutional rights. Betsy lives in Lakewood Ranch with her husband and two daughters. She is a PTO member and serves on the School Advisory Council for her daughters’ schools. She is the former Vice President of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys Sarasota Chapter and an active member of the Sarasota/Manatee County Bar Association and Florida Association of Women Lawyers.
Manatee and Hillsborough County Democratic leaders selected Anthony Eldon to replace Amanda Linton, who was the only Democratic candidate to qualify for the State Senate District 21 seat, but withdrew from the race,
Eldon is a teacher at Buffalo Creek Middle School. He is also a social media influencer, running the Instagram account Blk.Thought with over 70,000 followers, as well as writing a book, 50 Inspiring Black Stories: That Aren’t Taught in School. “I am honored to have the nomination of the Democratic Party and I am ready to make some noise about protecting public education, addressing the COVID-19 crisis and access to healthcare, and policing and criminal justice reform,” said Eldon. Contact Tony at TonyforFlorida@gmail.com.
Andy Mele’s mantra is The Environment IS the Economy. “The environment and economy is the core issue, particularly in Florida,” said Mele in an interview. Andy's career has included published writing, a Master's degree in Environmental Science, Executive Director for a New York environmental group and, most recently, Director for Suncoast Waterkeeper. Andy's goal in Tallahassee is to revitalize the legislature’s environmental caucus and write bills to prevent further environmental degradation. He will also push for common sense firearm laws and regulations and advocate reform among Florida’s law enforcement.
To volunteer for Andy, contact Megan Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Fairey is running to lead district 73 to a better vision in 2020. He describes himself as first and foremost a father and husband - a hopeful, yet pragmatic advocate for real, paradigm-shifting change. David will fight for the benefit of all people, not just the privileged few. He was born and raised in in Tennessee, and has lived in Bradenton, Florida for the past nine years. Professionally, David is a CPA and holds a master’s degree in business administration and accounting. He currently serves as the CFO for a technology company in Sarasota and has worked internationally in other corporate finance and advisory roles in manufacturing and healthcare. David is running to bring logical and common sense leadership to the State House.
To volunteer for David, contact Hanna Nussair at email@example.com.
Dominique Brown, Esq. is a lifelong Democrat who was raised in Manatee County. She has two sons and is the owner of two small businesses, The Dream Law Firm, PLLC and Dream, Succeed, Become LLC. Dominique received an honorable discharge for her service in the US Air Force , after serving for 12 years and also serving a combat tour in Kandahar, Afghanistan (2007). Prior to returning to Manatee County, she earned a Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Master of Applied Social Science - Criminal Justice, from FL A&M University in Tallahassee. She went on to earn her Juris Doctor from NC Central University in Durham, NC. Dominique is active in the community and involved in multiple organizations. To volunteer, contact Dominique at VoteDominiqueBrown@gmail.com.
Entering the race in June, Chris believes that the public sector can improve people’s lives, and he is committed to helping build trust in government to solve problems. Chris is a resident of Bradenton. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Chris earned a B.A. in American Studies from Eckerd College in 1997 with a concentration in Environmental History. He has worked in communications and customer relations for several large employers. Chris prepared for the Certified Public Accountancy exam in an Honors Accounting program at the University of Louisville and is currently studying financial planning. Chris has served on the City of Bradenton’s Tree and Land Preservation Board for five years, two as Chair, where he built successful working relationships with residents. Chris can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charles N. Williams, Jr. is a lifelong Manatee County resident, maried for 25 years with children and grandchildren. He has an Associate's degree from Florida Baptist College and a Bachelor's degree from Emmaus Baptist College. He is the founder of King of Kings Baptist Church, which recently merged with St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church, where he is a pastor. He is a board member of Oasis Middle School and currently works for the Manatee County School Board. Charles Williams advocates that he is an agent for change and will work to ensure his consituents that he will conduct Manatee County elections with fairness. He promises to provide leadership in all areas of the wide array of requirements for this office.
With deep family roots in local public service, Harold Byrd received a B.A. from Eckerd College with a major in business management, a Juris Doctor from Florida A & M College of Law and Master of Public Administration from Phoenix University. He has served as Ward 5 Councilman in the City of Bradenton from 1989-1995 and 2007-present, serving twice as Vice Mayor and currently as Vice Chairman for the Bradenton Community Redevelopment Agency. He has a long involvement in community service, serving on many boards. He is an active member of the Florida League of Cities, where as Chairman of the State Intergovernmental Relations Committee, he lobbied for the passage of the William E. Sadowski Affordable Housing Act. Harold Byrd is also actively involved with the Florida Black Caucus of Local Elected officials (FBC-LEO).
As a fourth-generation Bradenton resident, Pam recognizes the need to plan for progress and partner with community members and businesses to make Bradenton work for all. She earned Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of South Florida, has worked for more than 30 years in speech pathology and is the proud mother of two sons. From 2004-2010, she was deeply engaged with the Teen Court program for the Manatee County Clerk of Courts, learning first-hand the importance of having an advocate for people in our community who feel like their voices are not heard. Her goals on the Bradenton City Council are to work with other council members to promote the interests of businesses and develop infrastructure in Ward 5.
Charles B Smith grew up in the Palmetto are and has a wide background in public service and leadership in community organizations. He is a graduate of the Florida Redevelopment Academy and was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree from Bethesda Biblical Institute. In 1990 at age 26, Charles was elected the first African American to serve on the Palmetto City Commission and later served as Vice Mayor of Palmetto. He established the first Housing Authority in Palmetto, designed to improve housing conditions and create small business partnerships. He most recently served as Manatee County Commissioner, where his priority was to protect the local economy and advocate for local businesses. His vision for Palmetto includes economic development, affordable housing, transportation and infrastructure solutions, and fair treatment of Lincoln Middle School. Reach him at email@example.com.
Sheldon was born and raised in Palmetto and is from a family with many genertions in Manatee County. He served in the U.S. Army from 1986 to 1993, and has worked for the U.S. Postal Service for more than 20 years. Through his job Sheldon has gotten to know the community and its residents well. He is focused on bringing diversity, accountability, new business in Palmetto. He hopes to add diversity to the Palmetto Police Department and improve response times. He would like to bring in new, quality businesses to Palmetto through new incentive plans. Another priority is roads, streetlights and other infrastructure, especially in central Palmetto. Sheldon can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congrats to Michele Rayner, Democratic Primary winner for State House Dist. 70! Much appreciation for candidates Keisha Bell, Michelle Grimsley and Mark Oliver, who ran excellent campaigns. Our thanks also go out to Bridget Mendel for bringing important Manatee public school issues to light in a top-notch campaign.