Name: Elizabeth Belcher
Age: no response given
Occupation: retired federal law enforcement officer
Political affiliation: Democrat
Political experience: none
Office being sought: Florida Senate, District 24
What separates you from your competitors(s)?
I am a citizen activist. My opponent is a lifelong politician. The Florida legislature has been controlled by the Republicans for the last 14 years. My competitor was termed-limited out as a state senator in 2006 and lost his bid for CFO of Florida to Alex Sink. Newspaper articles now talk about him being the Senate President in 2018. This was before the primary and is three elections out. I decided to run because I find the path Florida is going on is unacceptable. I will stand against the powerful few in Tallahassee that believe they have total say over the path Florida is on. My competitor, by contrast, can do nothing but walk in lock step with those powerful few and support his benefactor, Rick Scott, if he wants to be Senate President in 2018. I, on the other hand, am beholding to no one but the citizens of District 24 and the State of Florida.
What do you hope to accomplish in your first six months in office?
Pass legislation to bring sunshine into the Florida budget process so the public can see funded “pork barrel” items, the actual cost, and who proposed the items and who gets the benefits without having to read hundreds of pages.
What do you hope to accomplish by the end of your term?
I am running on 4 E’s: Ethics, Economy, Education and Environment. Instill ethics into government by requiring all sources of campaign funding be disclosed by individual, not hidden behind assumed organizations and PACS. Since lack of revenue will be the largest component issue in the future, it is important to insure that any decreases in funding in the areas are carefully considered. Pass legislation to require 60% of the general revenue fund be spent on public education and insure 60% of all lottery proceeds go to the public education system as it was originally ‘sold’ to the voters. Pass legislation to protect Florida farmers and Florida’s farmland. Pass legislation to encourage and develop solar energy in Florida and protect Florida’s precious water and air standards.
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