Florida is holding elections, including for municipal and legislative offices, on 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 Oct. 31. To read each candidate’s full responses, click his or her name at the bottom of the article.
Tom Keen (D) is running for Florida House of Representatives District 35, and the special Democratic primary is on Nov. 7. Here’s how Keen responded to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?
“I’m committed to policies that promote clean energy, conservation, and sustainable practices to ensure a healthier environment for future generations. … I advocate for affordable access to education, from pre-K to college, to level the playing field and empower our youth. … I’m dedicated to ensuring everyone can receive quality medical care without financial barriers. … I’m committed to addressing critical financial issues, including fixing the property insurance crisis in Florida and making housing more affordable. … I’m a staunch advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights. … I strongly support reproductive rights and bodily autonomy for all individuals.”
Click here to read the rest of Keen’s answers.
Tony Vargas (nonpartisan) is running for mayor of Orlando, and the general election is on Nov. 7. Here’s how Vargas responded to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?
“I am passionate about bringing our community together. I promise as, the next mayor of Orlando, that 100% of my focus is on a promising future. In my heart I know the only way that Orlando’s future can rise to the ultimate level in every way is that the people have to feel like they belong. A sense of home. Orlando needs a mayor who respects family, safety and prosperity for all. I’m saying to you Orlando… I’m that guy!”
Click here to read the rest of Vargas’ 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.