Shevrin Jones kicks off Senate re-election campaign with new video
Senator Shevrin jones officially expelled from re-election campaign for the Florida Senate on Friday with a new video highlighting his past efforts, accomplishments and commitment to helping the communities he serves and Florida as a whole bounce back from the pandemic.
The Miami Gardens native and Democrat described his public service work as “deeply personal,” citing friends he grew up with, neighbors he knocked on doors with, vital small businesses as inspiration. he supports and the families he serves across the region.
“This is why I have focused on creating a direct and meaningful impact for our communities,” he said in a written statement. “While we have made incredible progress, there is still a lot of work to be done as we recover from the pandemic, protect civil rights and our democracy, and look to the future to pave the way for prosperity and human rights. opportunities for every Floridian. “
Jones’ legislative activity backs up his words. This month he introduced a bill that end driver’s license suspensions for Floridians liable to certain legal fines. In Miami-Dade County alone, more than 665,000 licensed drivers – about one-third of the county’s 2 million motorists – carry a suspended license, caught in a “debt spiral” particularly impacting for black residents.
He has also tabled legislation in recent months to, among other things, ban physical businesses from refusal to accept cash, a practice that disproportionately disadvantages black and senior consumers; expand access to exceptional education for students, an initiative that could help countless families whose members have autism; and increase protections for imprisoned women.
Jones is no stranger to working directly with voters. He organized community events to teach members of the public how to run for office, the drafting process of the bill and other major civic education topics; visited public universities coordinate with education leaders on reopening strategies; pushed back to Gov. Ron DeSantis and other GOP leaders for “make a false outrage“On the critical theory of race; and was an important and early voice in the call for a Florida transgender athlete bill repealed.
He was also successful in securing funds for youth mentoring and a long time forbidden legislation increase transparency between the public and the police.
Former Broward County educator and state representative – he served in the House from 2012-2020 – Jones works outside the public service as executive director of Florida Reading Corp., a program by AmeriCorps that uses evidence-based reading intervention strategies to ensure children’s literacy as early as grade three.
He is also a history maker as the first open member of the LGBTQ community elected to the Legislative Assembly.
Although he didn’t technically start running for re-election until Friday, Jones continued to fundraise and campaign, raising over $ 290,000 between his campaign and his political committee, Finished Fort Florida, since winning his Senate seat last November. Of this amount, he had approximately $ 75,000 remaining as of October 31.
It is essential, he said, that Florida’s elected leaders remain accountable, accessible and focused on what really matters.
“Now more than ever, every Floridian deserves a performance that will always stand up for them, and that will always be my commitment to the people of Florida,” he said. “Together, we can build a stronger, fairer, healthier, and more just Florida for all who inhabit our great state.”