Candidate Responses - Kathy Lynn Lewis
In addition to answering the 20 survey questions, this candidate provided the following elaboration on several progressive issues.
Seeking a fair, honest, and open government that works for all:
We need to make it easier, not harder to vote. Republicans at every level of government are still working to disenfranchise people of color, so the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is still relevant and necessary. Nobody should be allowed to manipulate the district lines to gain favor in an election. An independent, non‐partisan commission to create fairly drawn electoral districts is the only way that Florida will be able to achieve truly fair elections. People who have paid their debt to society should be able to fully reintegrate back into civil society by having their civil rights restored.
Seeking broader rights and better wages for workers:
Nobody who works should struggle to make ends meet. Collective bargaining is a crucial tool that gives employees control over their work environment, and we must protect that. Workers would be better off if they were able to unionize more easily. The current daycare system is too expensive for many families. Universal public daycare would be an amazing development for working families.
Seeking to maintain a strong economy:
We cannot neglect major infrastructure projects, and recent events have shown that we can't trust private companies to get the job done in many cases.
Seeking to provide a quality public education for all children, as guaranteed by our State Constitution:
We need to be pouring money into our public schools. Charter and private schools that are not accountable to state standards should not receive public funding.
Seeking justice and equality for all:
We must continue the important work of eliminating discrimination in our state because there's still a lot to be done on this issue. Men and women still do not have equal rights in the United States, and that needs to change immediately. Women should have full control of their own reproductive health. Private jails and prisons have one goal: to make money. They do not aim to rehabilitate people who have made mistakes, and that is a fundamental problem.
Seeking recognition of the fundamental right to affordable housing, health care and retirement security:
I would love to learn more about the creative reuse of abandoned properties to reduce homelessness issue, but I'll support almost anything that will reduce homelessness.
Seeking a clean and safe environment:
The Legislature is not doing enough right now to protect our natural resources, despite the fact that voters consistently prioritize these issues. The Legislature has been ignoring the will of the voters for too long, and that needs to end. Drilling for oil and gas in Florida is just too risky because these practices can irreversibly harm our environment.
Seeking a peaceful and secure world:
Florida's Stand Your Ground law has codified a "Shoot first, ask questions second" mentality that is incredibly dangerous, particularly for people of color.