Dear Friends and Neighbors,
In the summer of 2012 you encouraged and supported my campaign for the Florida House of Representatives. After 12 short weeks from beginning to end, we won the election. I was re-elected in 2014 without opposition. I am so privileged to represent House District 113, including all of the City of Miami Beach, North Bay Village, downtown Miami and Little Havana.
Since taking office, I have been non-stop with district events and legislative activities. I received great committee assignments as part of my work for you in the State Capitol. During my first legislative session, I called for stricter oversight at the Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, including the establishment of an Office of Inspector General. My bill was included in an Omnibus Insurance bill, and I’m proud to have drafted the law that requires stricter oversight for Citizens.
In the most recent legislative session, I filed an amendment that repealed the 38-year-old statute preventing gays from adopting children in the state of Florida. While the courts overturned the law a few years ago, families worried that the Florida Supreme Court might someday reverse this lower court decision. This is the first-ever legislative action that has actually “moved the ball forward” for Florida’s LGBT community.
In the district, I encouraged the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to re-open the roadway re-construction design for Alton road in Miami Beach. I’m happy to report that this project is all but complete, and we now have a much better design, including wider sidewalks and some landscaped center medians.
I appreciate so much that you have supported my legislative efforts. I want to be the most effective State Representative possible. I hope you will support my re-election efforts, so that I may serve a third term in the Florida House of Representatives.