Candidate Responses - Barbara Cady

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:

It is essential to make enforcement of the Voting Rights Act as easy as possible to exercise the right to vote. Every citizen should be automatically registered and issued a voter id. We need an end to partisan gerrymandering.

Seeking broader rights and better wages for workers:

Absolutely, we need to raise the national minimum wage. I support unions. My campaign has been endorsed by the Ironworker’s Union Local 808 and others. Absolutely, we need to support working families with quality affordable daycare.

Seeking to provide a quality public education for all children, as guaranteed by our State Constitution:

Florida's public schools are sorely lacking in funding and services. I believe in absolute separation of church and state, safe, quality education for all of Florida’s children and support for teachers. Children do not belong in prison. More social workers and counselors are needed along with ACE (adverse childhood experience) screening programs available to all students entering kindergarten.

Seeking justice and equality for all:

I have been a member of FLNOW and served on the FLNOW Board of Directors. There should be no profits on the incarceration of human beings.

Seeking recognition of the fundamental right to affordable housing, health care and retirement security:

I serve on the Osceola County Affordable Housing Advisory Committees. I support expanded Medicaid.

Seeking a clean and safe environment:

I support the Rights of Nature movement. I support an absolute BAN on all fracking and drilling.

Seeking a peaceful and secure world:

I support efforts to move towards a society that seeks peaceful resolutions to conflict which requires a broad approach to the gun violence issue. "Bans” generally do not work. This is a complex issue that needs conversation.