Byram for FL House Dist. 22
Our state legislative process offers neither transparency nor accountability. I want to change that. We live in a democratic republic, which means voters should be an active part of the governing process. Not only do voters choose people to represent them, but they also should be choosing representatives who will listen to them when it comes time to pass or reject proposed legislation. That is how democracy works.
Too often, we choose a representative who says all the right things while campaigning but, once elected, disappears from sight until the next election cycle. Our representatives offer voters no information on what's happening in chambers, or what legislation has even been proposed for the legislative session. And those voters who try to keep track of what's going on during a legislative session find little more than a mountain of confusion.
I believe in:
* Being responsible to the people who elect me;
* Maintaining open communication with the people so they know what's going on and I know how they feel;
* Making sure my communication is honest and without any hidden personal bias;
* Ensuring that voters understand all of the facts surrounding a piece of legislation; and
* Ensuring that I understand why voters want me to take a particular stance on a piece of legislation.
We, as a state, are facing some very tough choices now and over the next several years due to the effects of the pandemic and its consequent toll on our economy. It will be up to legislators to get creative in initiating ways to bring our economy back up to full speed without sacrificing the future of the people. Yes, Florida is a balanced budget state, but I do not believe in putting profits over people's lives.
We can craft a future that leaves no Floridians behind. And I will make sure we do just that.