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Linda Jack, Florida State House District 36
Linda Jack is proud to be a native Floridian, the daughter of an Air Force officer, and an elementary school educator. She lost both parents when she was relatively young but continued to pursue her goals, putting herself through college and launching a successful musical career, traveling throughout the U.S. and internationally playing country, blues, rock, and pop. In addition to performance she’s had the joy of teaching music to hundreds of children and adults.
Her Christian faith is central to her life. She’s attended seminary and served on staff at several churches as a worship band leader, educational director, and ministry leader.
Growing up she dreamed of becoming a veterinarian and when she was nearly 40 she went back to school to take the required courses to pursue a second career. She obtained her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2006 and loves being able to help people and their animals.
Barbara Cady, Florida State House District 42
Barbara Cady believes that a state legislator must be connected to the people of the district and knowledgeable about the issues that affect its quality of life. She is active in community service as well as local politics by way of advocacy groups for women and working families.
She is a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, the Osceola County Planning Commission, and the Osceola Affordable Housing Committee. She is on the board of directors for FLNOW (National Organization for Women), Democratic Women’s Club of Florida - Osceola; Osceola and Polk County DEC, a member of Kissimmee NAACP, Democrats of Celebration, and Osceola and Polk County LGBT Democratic Caucus. She also holds a FL Professional License - Community Association Manager (FL LCAM).
Jennifer Webb, Florida State House District 69
Jennifer Webb is a proven problem solver and committed community leader who comes from a long line of dedicated public servants, health care professionals, small business owners, teachers, and principals. Her family taught her the importance of hard work and the value of giving back.
Growing up, Jennifer met tragedy and hardships with a grace and perseverance she learned early on. A week before her second birthday, her father died when his motorcycle was hit by a truck after coming home from the third shift. With the help of an expansive family and a constellation of Catholic nuns and teachers, Jennifer’s mother raised her and her brother while fighting to retain minimum-wage, entry-level secretarial jobs to provide for her children. Although her mother is intelligent and hardworking, Jennifer’s family was vulnerable until her mother was remarried. Jennifer was raised by her community and now strives each and every day to give back to her community.
Jennifer gives back by tackling some of the most pressing problems for families in Pinellas County. She attracted employers to lower income communities and helped employees acquire the skills they needed to do these jobs. She also developed training programs that would lead to higher skill and higher paid jobs.
After earning her Masters from the University of South Florida, Jennifer taught faculty members how to conduct research with the community and how to teach hands-on classes that help Bay area residents. As the Director of Community Partnerships, Jennifer built projects that bring together business, the university, non-profits, and residents to create stronger communities. Through these projects, she worked to reduce violence and increase employment, to eliminate hunger, to bring justice to victims of crime and abuse of power, to assist student veterans and military members, and to support high quality public schools and the children who attend them.
Jennifer is now a small business owner in the private sector. She is currently focused on finding solutions to transportation/traffic, affordable housing, and community health.
Jason Haeseler, Florida State House District 21
Jason Haeseler never planned on running for office. While he always believed in serving his country, running for office was something for politicians, not him. He joined the army at eighteen and served for seven years before becoming an engineer, working to build better cities. He believed he did his duty and he did it well and his country gave him plenty back: he had a job he loved, a community he adored, and he was eagerly awaiting the birth of his first child.
And then everything changed. His daughter was born and diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. This meant months of constant doctors, nights on uncomfortable hospital beds, and carefully moving IVs and breathing tubes to hold his baby girl as she was connected to life-saving machines.
As he and his wife struggled through those difficult times, Tallahassee politicians began cutting back on funding for heart research and options for medical care, leaving thousands of families like his without access to the very doctors that had saved his daughter’s life. He knew he had to step up and fight for those families that need a voice in Tallahassee. Now he is running because Tallahassee isn’t serving the people anymore, just the special interests and it’s time for that to stop.
As the next Florida State Representative from District 21, Jason will work to: support Florida’s education system, protect Florida’s water and natural environment, defend local control for Florida’s cities, ensure everyone has access to affordable healthcare, and stand up to special interests and bring common sense ethics reform.
Jeffrey Solomon, Florida State House District 115
Jeffrey Solomon is a husband, father, doctor, entrepreneur, and community leader. He grew up in South Florida and went to college at the University of Georgia followed by Life Chiropractic College. He returned to Florida to start his practice in 1983.
He and his wife, Jennifer, believe that they are very lucky to be raising their four children in the best of neighborhoods in South Florida. His children have attended, and are still attending, Miami-Dade County public schools.
Jeffrey has had the pleasure of participating in statewide and local community leadership and activism as a graduate of Leadership Florida, serving as the Vice Chair of The Miami-Dade Sports Commission, on the Miami-Dade Public Schools – School Medical Health Advisory Committee, and as Vice-Chair of the Pinecrest Zoning Board.
Jeffrey has held a Doctor of Chiropractic degree since 1982. He earned a post-graduate Diplomat of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, and in 2005 he was honored to be selected and to serve as the United States Olympic Team Staff Chiropractor, in the 2006 Winter Olympics, Torino, Italy.
Over the years he’s served in many professional leadership roles including: President of the Florida Chiropractic Association and the American Chiropractic Association Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness. In 2004 his colleagues selected him as the Florida Chiropractic Association “Chiropractor of the Year.”
Anna Eskamani, Florida State House District 47
Anna V. Eskamani is an Orlando native and daughter of Iranian immigrants who has worked relentlessly to protect all members of her community through effective advocacy, bold leadership, and smart management. Anna has been a lifelong community builder, and she will bring her passion for helping people to Tallahassee.
The Eskamani family is no stranger to adversity. Anna’s father worked full time as a waiter in college and graduated with an electrical engineering degree from UCF in 1994.
He would work at Florida’s Space Coast for nearly 10 years but in an effort to make ends meet, also worked as a customer service representative at Walt Disney World on the weekends. During this time, Anna’s mother worked minimum wage jobs at fast food restaurants and K-Mart. Anna, her twin sister Ida, and older brother Arya, would spend late nights helping their mother at K-Mart clean the shelves and refold clothes.
After fighting a five year battle with cancer, Anna’s mother passed away in 2004. Anna was 13 years old. This loss in her family, coupled with the challenges her parents faced, inspires Anna every day to work hard for the most marginalized members of her community.
Anna and her siblings are graduates of Orange County Public Schools. They each attended Bonneville Elementary School, Corner Lake Middle School, and University High School.
It was an AP Government teacher during her senior year that brought Anna back into the field of civic engagement.
Anna would continue her education at the University of Central Florida. Here she became engaged with environmental issues, international human rights, and the College Democrats at UCF. Anna soon began serving as the organization’s Women’s Caucus Chair and eventually the State Women’s Caucus Chair. She was also member of the Iranian Student Organization, the Political Science Honor Society (Pi Sigma Alpha), along with many other social justice groups. Anna led the Keep PBS in Orlando campaign in 2011, a community-based campaign in support of WUCF-TV. Anna did not have cable growing up, and her family relied on PBS for objective and educational programming.
Anna earned two bachelor degrees at UCF in Political Science and Women’s Studies along with a certificate in Service Learning. She continued her pursuit of higher education at UCF and received dual Masters in December 2015 with graduate degrees in Nonprofit Management and Public Administration, along with a Certificate in Gender Studies.
Today, Anna continues her academics as a PhD student in Public Affairs at UCF, serves as an adjunct professor when she has time, and for the last six years served as a Senior Director for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida where she managed a team across 22 counties and is known in the legislature and across the nation as an advocate for women’s health and equality.
Anna serves on numerous community boards and has proven herself as a leader who works hard, delivers results, and gets things done.
Javier Estevez, Florida State House District 105
Javier Estevez is a Millennial Democrat who was born, raised, and educated in Miami, Florida. Both of his parents immigrated to Miami from Cuba. They worked hard to build a bright future for themselves and their children. His parents instilled in him the pride and privilege that he feels in being able to call himself an American Citizen. They knew how hard it was to lose those rights and be forced to leave their home country and to arrive in a brand new place where they had nothing and didn’t speak the language.
Javier has always stood for what is right and best for our city, state and country. That’s why he’s running. In the legislature, he will focus on middle-class families and the children of our state.
He believes Florida’s economy needs to not only protect but elevate working and middle class families. He believes Florida needs to build an education system that ensures public schools have increased funding in order to give children the best education possible and to give teachers the resources and pay they deserve. He believes Florida needs to build a healthcare system that is not only accessible but affordable, and a healthcare system that finally focuses on preventative care. No one in Florida should die because they can’t afford healthcare.
Joy Goff-Marcil, Florida State House District 30
Earning the confidence and trust of neighbors and peers through her integrity, honesty and love of community, Joy Goff-Marcil proudly serves on Maitland City Council having just ended her year-long term as Vice Mayor. Inspired to enter public service, she was elected to Maitland City Council in 2013, re-elected in 2016 unopposed, and chosen by her peers as Vice Mayor in 2017.
Prior to serving on Maitland City Council, Joy served her community as an enthusiastic wellness advocate and community volunteer. She worked with the Florida Department of Health to implement the national Communities Putting Prevention to Work program at the local level. As the program’s regional coordinator, she helped found the Walking School Bus initiative at Lake Sybelia Elementary, promoting health, safety, and friendships among Maitland’s children. Joy donated hundreds of service hours to the success of this program and other school activities as an Orange County Public Schools and PTA volunteer.
Her other accomplishments include serving as a founding member of the Maitland Public Library’s Learning and Cultural Committee. She also worked with the Winter Park Health Foundation’s Healthy Central Florida program to help develop the Healthy Maitland Thursday morning walks, which are sponsored by the Library.
Joy is an attorney in private practice focusing on wills and probate. Raised in Maitland, she attended Lake Sybelia Elementary, Maitland Junior High, and graduated from Winter Park High School. She earned a degree in political science from Florida State University and played flute with the world-renowned Marching Chiefs. Joy earned her Juris Doctorate from the Stetson University College of Law and has been an active member of the Florida Bar Association since 1993.
Joy is married to Rich Marcil, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist. They have three children attending local public schools and Florida State University. Joy enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking, and cheering on her children at chorus concerts, video production events, and softball games.
Florida is a perennial bellwether state. Only once in the last 50 years has the winner of the presidential election lost Florida (Bill Clinton in 1992).
Despite this, Republicans have long held control on the state level. Republicans have controlled the Florida State Senate since 1994, and currently have a 23-16 majority (with one vacancy). Republicans have controlled the Florida State House since 1996, and currently have a 76-41 majority (with three vacancies). Florida is a Republican trifecta state, with Republicans controlling the governorship and both houses of the state legislature.
This year, however, there are meaningful opportunities for Democrats to win back power.
To win the majority, Democrats need to pick up 5 seats in the State Senate, and 20 seats in the State House. This year, Democrats have the opportunity to win back both chambers.
EveryDistrict’s Legislative District Index (LDI) ranks state legislative districts on a scale from 100 to -100, using statewide elections data. Districts with a score of 100 would vote for statewide Democratic candidates by 100 points (with the Democratic candidate receiving 100% of the vote); districts with a score of -100 would vote for statewide Republican candidates by 100 points (with the Republican candidate receiving 100% of the vote).
EveryDistrict divides winnable districts into three categories: Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III. Tier I districts lean Democratic but are held by a Republican state legislator. Tier II districts lean slightly Republican, with a range of 0 up to -5. Tier III districts lean slightly more Republican, with a range of -5 up to -10. For more information about EveryDistrict’s LDI, please click here.
Only the even-numbered State Senate districts are on the ballot this year. In the State Senate there are two seats that lean Democratic (Tier I)-Senate Districts 18 and 36 in Tampa and Miami areas, respectively-and one Tier II seat, District 8, centered around Gainesville, home of UF. Then, there are another three seats in the Tier III category: Senate Districts 20, 22, and 24. Districts 20 and 22 are along the I-4 corridor, while 24 is in St. Petersburg.
In the State House, there are two seats that lean Democratic (Tier I): House Districts 103 and 120, both in South Florida. There are another 18 that lean slightly Republican. In the Tier II category are House Districts 30, 47, 63, 67, 69, 105, and 115. In the Tier III category are House Districts 21, 27, 36, 42, 53, 59, 72, 83, 89, 93, and 119. Perhaps not surprisingly, these districts are clustered mostly around the Orlando, Tampa, and Miami metro areas.
What’s At Stake
Florida, like many Republican-controlled states, has been on the front lines of fighting the Affordable Care Act and has refused to expand Medicaid. Florida was the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit brought by 26 states seeking to declare the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. Florida has consistently performed poorly in assessing its health care system; the nonpartisan Commonwealth Fund ranked it 48 out of 50.
In Florida, more than 10 percent of the adult population is prohibited from voting because they’ve had felony convictions. While most states restore voting rights to felons after they’ve completed their sentences, Florida’s arbitrary system requires those who have completed their sentences and probation to ask the governor and other Cabinet members to restore their right to vote. In November, voters will have a choice; they can vote on a constitutional amendment on the ballot that would restore voting eligibility to most felons once they’ve completed their sentences.
EveryDistrict endorses candidates in competitive districts that are committed to moving their communities forward, have strong connections to their districts, and have a campaign strategy in place to win. In Florida, EveryDistrict has endorsed: Janet Cruz (SD 18), Jason Haeseler (HD 21), Joy Goff-Marcil (HD 30), Linda Jack (HD 36), Barbara Cady (HD 42), Anna Eskamani (HD 47), Jennifer Webb (HD 69), Javier Estevez (HD 105), and Jeffrey Solomon (HD 115).