The Florida Democratic Party's gay, lesbian, bixexual, transgender Democratic caucus said Monday that two of its members are running for Florida House of Representatives seats next year from Broward.
Last year Florida got its first two openly gay legislators, from Orlando and Miami Beach.
Scott Herman and John Paul Alvarez hope to join their ranks.
A statement from the Democrats didn't talk about Herman's most recent past -- which was running for the state House last year as a Republican. He was trounced by state Rep. Perry Thurston, D-Plantation, who's now the minority party leader in Tallahassee. Herman got just 15.8 percent of the vote.From the GLBT caucus:
Scott Herman, who has over 17 years of elected and/or appointed public office experience, is running in House District 93, which is a coastal district that starts at the Palm Beach- Broward County Line and continues through to the Fort Lauderdale International Airport Area. Herman believes that it is time to bring compassion and equality for everyone in the district. "As a Christian and Combat Veteran I am sensitive to the needs and rights of all Floridians" states Herman. Herman seeks to obtain adequate funding for public education and higher educational opportunities, reserve funding for small business needs while providing incentives for job creation for future and current employers and improve the quality and delivery of Florida's transportation system. "When I am elected, District 93 will finally have the real representation it so desperately needs in the Florida legislature." says Herman.
Alvarez, an educator and union member is running in House District 100, which begins just south of House District 93 and spans into Northern Miami-Dade County ending in the Bay Harbor Islands. Alvarez believes that the issues facing our community have too long been ignored. "We have a high unemployment rate, a broken education system, and wonderful Jewish and Hispanic communities that deserve a stronger voice," states Alvarez. "We must invest in our small businesses in order to create jobs, however we must also invest in K-12 and higher education in order to secure the future of the middle class in House District 100."