Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey: Florida roundup

Florida is holding elections, including for municipal offices, on March 21, 2023, and Nov. 7 2023. A number of candidates running in these elections completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

Below is a selection of responses from the candidates who filled out the survey as of Feb. 16, 2023. To read each candidate’s full responses, click their name at the bottom of the article.

Eric Parker (L) is running for Jacksonville City Council At-large Position 1 and the general election is on March 21. Here’s how Parker responded to the question: “What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?”

“Ending corporate welfare, cutting spending and cutting taxes.”

Click here to read the rest of Parker’s answers.

Ky Velez (nonpartisan) is running for mayor of Orlando and the general election is on Nov. 7. Here’s how Velez responded to the question: “What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?”

“Orlando is a diverse place to live. When we come together as one people beyond labels, we can create a better future for everyone. I believe laws and policies should be unbiased and represent everyone. As your mayor, I promise to always listen to your concerns and speak up for you. My top priority is representing what it’s like being a part of the working class and creating policies that protect workers rights. Another area of public policy I am so passionate about is protecting our basic human rights. With our rights coming under attack by our representatives, we need someone who is willing to stand up for what’s right for everyone regardless of labels. As mayor, I will ensure that everyone is protected and equally represented in our city.”

Click here to read the rest of Velez’s answers.

If you’re a Florida candidate or incumbent, click here to take the survey. The survey contains over 30 questions, and you can choose the ones you feel will best represent your views to voters. If you complete the survey, a box with your answers will display on your Ballotpedia profile. Your responses will also populate the information that appears in our mobile app, My Vote Ballotpedia.

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