Candidate Responses - Kathy 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:
Absolutely. The fact that the VRA is even a subject of debate is lunacy. It is settled law and should be enforced as such. There is no excuse for voter registration not being automatic. If registering for the draft is compulsory, so should the ability to vote. Gerrymandering is as unconstitutional as it gets. People pick representatives, not the other way around.
Seeking broader rights and better wages for workers:
My campaign is one of the few to advocate for a $18 minimum wage. Unions provide protection to workers that capitalism does not automatically afford them. The right to unionize should be codified into law. Starting a family should NOT be a barrier to finding a career. The American Dream should be available to single parents as well.
Seeking to maintain a strong economy:
I hope we can address this problem before it becomes a national emergency. Infrastructure is outliving its intended life span and isn't properly maintained.
Seeking to provide a quality public education for all children, as guaranteed by our State Constitution:
This one is simple. Public money stays in public schools. Period. I support ending zero-tolerance policies. The youth incarceration rate is staggering and effectively ends lives before they have had the chance to begin.
Seeking justice and equality for all:
Absolutely. Gender and identity should have no bearing on an individual's suitability for work. Yes. Equal rights under law MUST be a pillar of a fair and inclusive Florida. Reproductive health is a question of personal health, and decisions should be made by women, not overreaching legislators. I oppose the use of private jails and prisons. Any organization that incentivizes incarceration is not welcome in Florida.
Seeking recognition of the fundamental right to affordable housing, health care and retirement security:
Yes. Homelessness is an unthinkable problem for a nation as rich as America. Florida should set the 2020 11 example and provide publicly subsidized housing and care to the underserved and homeless. Yes, I support universal, single-payer health care. Healthcare is a human right.
Seeking a clean and safe environment:
Yes, I support funding for the Land and Water Conservation Initiative. Florida voters have spoken, and the legislators and offices tasked with executing their will should be held accountable. Yes, I oppose all oil and gas drilling. Protected land should remain that way. Yes. Our public works need to modernize and set the standard for companies.
Seeking a peaceful and secure world:
I support the full repeal of Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law. Few laws have been as destructive as this one. Gun control is a central pillar of my campaign.