John Navarra for Florida

Better Jobs. Better Families. John Navarra for Florida House District 26!

I am John Navarra. I am running to be your State Representative in Tallahassee for District 26.

Last summer, there was a loud and clear call by people for reducing poverty in Volusia County. During my time as a Volusia County public high school teacher and as a campaign volunteer for Barack Obama for President, Nancy Soderberg for Congress, and Patrick Henry for Florida House, I have met many people who want to have higher incomes and more time for their families.

After graduation from Spruce Creek High School, I earned a degree from the University of Alabama with a double major in journalism and political science. My journalism classes taught me how to learn about the needs of people in my community. My political science classes taught me about how government works.

During my time as Secretary of the Volusia/Flagler AFL–CIO and Vice-Chair of the Volusia United Educators’ Governmental Relations Committee, I have met with Florida representatives and senators. I know what laws they have proposed to help low-income families, and how much they have not helped low income families. I have spoken in front of the legislature. I am the best prepared candidate to reduce poverty in Volusia County.

There is great hope for higher incomes and a better life for struggling families in Volusia County. Due to coming retirements, more high pay, high-skilled jobs are coming to Volusia County. I have a plan to help the workers of Volusia County increase their job skills and earn significantly higher wages. We need bold new ideas to increase wages in Volusia County.

Here is my plan:

Hold job fairs in low income neighborhoods, like midtown in Daytona Beach and Spring Hill in DeLand. Bring awareness of job training opportunities to those communities.

A fully staffed career office in Spring Hill and midtown with classes on how to prepare for a better job and create a résumé. Career officials could help people get a college education without getting into lifelong debt. College graduates could learn about and get help getting into law or medical school.

After school and evening child care centers to be created in low-income neighborhoods. These centers will have no cost to low-income residents. While children are properly supervised, parents can attend college classes or vocational training.

If you send me to Tallahassee, I will fight for the opportunities that residents of District 26 deserve. The American Dream is coming to Volusia County.

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