On August 19th at noon at the Ferguson Law Center, Tampa Tiger Bay Club welcomed in State Senate candidates for District 19! This program was recorded and aired on the Tampa Bay Arts and Education Network!
Additionally, we are welcomed judicial candidates from Circuit Court Group 24, Isabel “Cissy” Boza Sevelin, Gary Dolgin, Melissa Polo, and Lanell Williams-Yulee, for a meet and greet.
District 19 is covers a large portion of Tampa, goes north to Temple Terrace, east to Brandon/Riverview/Progress Village, and south to parts of northern Manatee County. It even goes across the bay to grab a portion of south Pinellas County. Senate District 19 Map
Vying for the seat vacated by the legendary Arthenia Joyner (cannot run due to term limits), are Edwin Narain, Betty Reed, Augie Ribeiro, Darryl Rouson, and John Houman. Houman is the only Republican in the race.
Narain was first elected to public office in 2014 to the Florida House of Representatives, District 61. Professionally, Ed is a Regional Director with AT&T and is a three-time Florida Top Performance Manager of the Year (2009, 2010 & 2013). He has also earned two AT&T Summit Awards given to performers within the top two percent of the company (2005, 2013). A member of Leadership Florida’s College Leadership Florida (Class I) and Connect Florida (Class IV) statewide leadership programs, Ed earned a BA degree in Psychology and a Masters in Business Administration from Saint Leo University. In 2013, he completed a Leadership Certificate and earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Stetson University College of Law where he also received the Dean’s Award for outstanding service to the law school. From http://www.edforflorida.com/bio/
Reed previously served four terms in the State House, from 2006-2014. She came to the House as a former educator. While in the House, she served on the Economic Development Policy Committee, Education Committee, Healthcare Services Policy Committee, State Universities and Private College Appropriations Committee and Legislative Auditing Committee. Her website highlights a few bills that she sponsored, including bills related to homelessness, infant mortality, and water conservation. From http://www.votebettyreed.com/about/
Ribeiro does not come with any experience in elected office. Ribeiro is a civil justice attorney that has sued BP
Oil on behalf of the people and City of St. Petersburg after the environmental disaster. He has also represented families against General Motors for injuries resulting from General Motors’ ignition switch defects. He personally volunteered his time to fight for families hurt by the tragedy and aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks, for which he was nationally honored. Augie currently represents hundreds of individuals for serious injuries resulting from dangerous drugs and medical devices produced and sold by international pharmaceutical companies. From http://www.voteaugie.com/about
Rouson, like Narain and Reed, comes to this Senate race from a stint in the House. Rouson cannot run again for his House seat due to term limits. During this most recent term in the state legislature, Representative Rouson passed a number of bills including his Juvenile Civil Citation bill which gives police officers the discretion to issue juveniles a citation for three separate misdemeanors as an alternative to arrest. Another major piece of legislation he passed was his Backyard Gun Range bill which bans recreational shooting in densely residential areas. Mr. Rouson received a college degree in 1977 from Xavier University in New Orleans and graduated from law school at the University of Florida in 1980. He practices law in the Tampa Bay area with the Dolman Law Group. From http://darrylrouson.com/about_darryl
Houman, a/k/a “Mr. Manners”, is the lone Republican in the race. From his website: “First question you may ask is what type of Republican are You? Right, left, or Tea Party. No I’m G.O.P. “Gallant Old Party“ or What I call Old Republican. My Ideology is reflected in the First Republican slogan – 1856. “Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Speech, Free Men,”. Free labor referred to the Republican opposition to slave labor – Wages; and belief in independent businessmen. Free land referred to Republican opposition to the plantation system whereby Rich 1% could buy up all the Good Real Estate, leaving the Poor the leftovers. Equal right for all, not an Elite few and “Embrace a morality and politics based on respect for free minds, free spirits, and free individuals” Einstein.” From http://www.mr-manners.com/