Candidate Responses - Robert L. Doyel
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:
As a former law school professor of constitutional law, including at the University of Mississippi, I am well aware of how mostly southern states interfered with the right of black people to vote. The Pandemic proves that we have to make it easier for everyone to vote. We have a constitutional amendment requiring "fair districts." I favor the use of a commission to ensure the amendment is followed.
Seeking broader rights and better wages for workers:
Income equality should be the law, so that minorities, immigrants, and women are paid what they are worth and can live on what they make. In prior campaigns I was endorsed by and financially supported by labor unions because of my views on the right to organize. I count as two of my main advisers two of the top-ranking labor leaders in Central Florida. The right-to-work laws were designed to prevent collective bargaining. I support universal day care as essential for poor people, minorities, and women to be able to work. I am less certain about attaching the day care to public schools.
Seeking to maintain a strong economy:
In addition to maintenance of existing roads and bridges, I think we should build new roads or expand old ones to relieve the traffic jams in the eastern and northeastern parts of the county which have the fastest growing populations.
Seeking to provide a quality public education for all children, as guaranteed by our State Constitution:
I have been an outspoken and well-known opponent of charter schools for years. "Zero-tolerance policies" because the term means different things to different people. I believe that arbitrary rules that cause students to be suspended are among the causes the school-to-prison pipeline, but it is the pipeline itself that we must close, regardless of the causes.
Seeking justice and equality for all:
I spoke on behalf of the Human Rights Ordinance at the Davenport City Commission, and if elected to the Polk County Commission, I will introduce an HRO for adoption by the commission. I published an article in the Oklahoma Law Review when I was in law school opposing sex discrimination at a time when Supreme Court decisions had not yet adopted the sex discrimination rules now in effect. Even with those rules, adequate protection from discrimination based on gender is not adequate. Of course. Intrusions by the state have increased every year. Some of those intrusions came from statutes sponsored by Polk County legislators Colleen Burton and Kelly Stargel. My experience as a judge makes me well aware of the abuses inherent in a system based on the profit motive.
Seeking recognition of the fundamental right to affordable housing, health care and retirement security:
I was the tenth child of a single mom born in a one-bedroom shack with no running water or electricity or gas. When I was four, that shack was burned down and my mother and the seven kids still at home were homeless, so we moved into a chicken coop. Of course, I support the right of every person to be to affordable, habitable housing and other initiative to deal with poverty and homelessness. I know firsthand how the Poor can be and often are denied adequate care. My mother had all her teeth pulled before my birth. I needed glasses for astigmatism but didn't know it because I was never tested until I paid for a test from part-time earnings when I was a freshman in college. As a judge I dealt with many families who did not have any medical care or whose insurance was inadequate or too expensive. The only solution to these problems is universal, single-payer health care.
Seeking a clean and safe environment:
The refusal of the legislature to utilize funds set aside by Amendment 1 is despicable. Our endangered environment must be protected, and that means both the shorelines and Everglades as well as the air and water. Although clean, renewable energy sources are a critical goal, I'm not real keen on leaving it to the companies to establish "voluntary" targets.
Seeking a peaceful and secure world:
As a judge I presided over cases involving self-defense as it has been recognized for centuries. We don't need Stand Your Ground for defendants to claim the right of self-defense or the defense of others. These laws were promoted by the Koch Brothers as a way to expand gun rights, even the right to kill. I am an active member of Moms Demand Action. As a Vietnam veteran, I know the devastation caused by weapons designed only to take human life.