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Tampa Bay Times Recommends Kathy Lewis

Kathy Lewis

District 20, Democrats

The two Democratic primary candidates embrace a similarly progressive agenda focusing on health care and jobs. Both are personable and believe they would be effective even as first-time candidates for public office. Kathy Lewis has a clearer vision for advancing her priorities and a more practical approach to working in a bipartisan fashion.

Lewis, 56, is a writer and Wesley Chapel resident who moved to the area nine years ago. She said she was motivated to seek public office after experiencing the hardship of working to obtain benefits for a daughter with a disability. "I started looking at other problems in the state," she said. The Baltimore native supports accepting federal Medicaid expansion funds, increasing public school spending and raising the minimum wage. She also wants to impose stronger regulations on companies that care for the disabled. Lewis is a strong proponent of home-rule and criminal justice reforms that would give judges more discretion in nonviolent criminal cases. One of her more creative ideas is a tax on guns and ammunition to provide additional funding for school security.

Joy Gibson, 40, a nonprofit executive who has lived in the district for six years, would focus on Florida’s most vulnerable by working to increase funding for health care, housing and job development. She understands how poverty, opioid abuse, lack of educational opportunities and other problems contribute to a downward spiral. She states her positions clearly, and her progressive platform speaks to the needs of many in the under-served communities across the district, from north Tampa and Zephyrhills to Dade City.

Lewis, though, seems to have a better grasp of the Legislature’s role in improving the every day lives of Floridians. Her potential to help move an agenda makes her the best choice in this race. In the Democratic primary for Florida Senate District 20, the Tampa Bay Times recommends Kathy Lewis.

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