NEW LEADERSHIP DELIVERING RESULTS FOR OUR COMMUNITY
Tammy Garcia is a Florida native. She has been married for 11 years and has a 2-year-old son. Tammy works from home doing medical insurance billing for an Optometry office and has been in the eye care field since 2004. This is her first foray into politics.
Tammy was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, graduated from a Florida public high school, graduated with her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of South Florida in Tampa, earned a Master’s and ABD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida, and moved around for a few years to Virginia and various parts of North Carolina before finally settling down back home in Florida. After having lived in various parts of Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina, Tammy knew that there was no place like the Tampa area. It’s home and always will be.
Years of studying and performing alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation, facilitation, and negotiation has made Tammy the right choice for Tallahassee. She brings a level of understanding conflict from all sides that simply isn’t seen in politics these days. Being able to do this makes her uniquely qualified to be able to see past positions and to the root of the problem so that she can create a solution that reaches beyond political party. For years we’ve seen politicians argue but never listen. Tammy is trained to be able to listen, understand, and find a resolution that addresses the problem.
Tammy is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts and has served as a troop leader for 4 years. She credits Girl Scouts with instilling in her a desire to always serve the community. She has worked with wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centers for a number of years. Tammy has also presented research at international conferences on violence in the aftermath of disasters and on the role the government plays in restricting scientific advancement. She is a member of various political clubs and caucuses in the state, has rallied with unions, and marched for student safety. At all times, she has been guided by the Girl Scout principle of “leave a place better than you found it”, working to improve the world around her.
Tammy is running for Florida House of Representatives, District 37. She decided to run for a state level position in 2016 when North Carolina passed what has been dubbed the “bathroom bill.” This bill determined what restroom the transgender community could use while also placing severe restrictions on what laws a city can make. It eliminated cities being able to determine their own minimum wage and make anti-discrimination laws just as a few examples. The bill demonstrated that the legislators were making bills with no understand, care, or concern for the people that they were supposed to be representing.
Tammy is running for Florida House of Representatives in order to bring common sense and a care for the people being served to Tallahassee.
The three most important issues to Tammy are ones she has chosen based on what the residents of her district have told her are most important. They are:
Education- A lack of funding our public education system and low teacher pay that causes them to leave for higher paying areas.
Environmental concerns- Not allowing paving through nature preserves for housing developments, increasing solar energy usage, and banning offshore drilling and fracking.
Equality- Equal pay for equal work, making the LGBT community a protected class, and equity in the criminal justice system.
“I look forward to being a legislator that fights to make Florida work for all Floridians.”
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Land O Lakes, FL 34639
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