NEW LEADERSHIP DELIVERING RESULTS FOR OUR COMMUNITY
Tammy Garcia is a Florida native. She has been married for 13 years and has 2 children. 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 second foray into politics as she ran for Florida House District 37 in 2018 also.
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.
Who are you? Tell us about yourself.
Tammy Garcia is a mother to two young children. She was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. Graduated from Blake High School before earning a Bachelor's in Psychology from the University of South Florida. She then moved to Forth Lauderdale area to attend Nova Southeastern University obtaining a Master's and ABD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. After graduating, she lived in Virginia and North Carolina for a few years before returning home to raise her family in the Tampa Bay area. She has worked in the medical field specializing in insurance billing for 16 years. She has recently changed gears and is studying to get her paralegal certification.
Please list below 3 key messages of your campaign. What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?
I support moving to solar energy to make Florida energy self sufficient. As the sunshine state, we have an opportunity to be a leader in solar energy. It is financially responsible as the cost now pays for itself within a few years. Additionally, we should be providing skilled training and incentives to make solar energy production a top industry for the state.
I will work to fix the unemployment system issues. The pandemic has exposed the flaws in our unemployment system and these issues need to be addressed. Whether it be a pandemic, a hurricane, a recession, whatever causing a spike in unemployment, we need to have systems in place that actually works.
I will support and fight for home rule. The state needs to stop putting restrictions on what localities can and cannot do. The state should not be responsible for deciding if the city of Port Richey should be abolished. Legislators from north Florida shouldn't have a say in the local government of Key West banning certain types of sunscreen. Someone from The Villages shouldn't tell a condo owner in Miami Beach that they can't rent their condo for a week. Localities should be deciding local issues and it's time the state legislators stop making those decisions for them.
What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?
In addition to the areas already mentioned, I am passionate about improving our education system and making sure our veteran teachers are paid for their experience. Also, I am passionate about keeping the Constitutional right to a trial and want to ban mandatory binding arbitration in contracts. I also will fight for equality for every person in every aspect of life.
What characteristics or principles are most important for an elected official?
The most important characteristic for a legislator in my opinion is the ability to listen and empathize with the people they are representing. It is only through doing this that you can effectively represent them.
What do you believe are the core responsibilities for someone elected to this office?
To listen to constituents and do what is right for them.
What legacy would you like to leave?
In Girl Scouts I was always taught to leave a place better than how I found it. The only legacy I wish to leave behind is that I worked to do just that.
What was the last song that got stuck in your head?
Alexander Hamilton. Yes, the one from the Hamilton musical. It is my son's favorite song so I hear it often and it gets stuck in my head all the time.
What process do you favor for redistricting?
I favor a fair and unbiased redistricting process that remains neutral and favors neither party. In this great day and age of technology, we have the ability to create districts based purely on registration numbers split in a logical manner.
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