Candidates for FL House District 42

Danny Burgess – Candidate for FL Senate District 20

 

Meet Danny Burgess:

Danny Burgess is a father, husband, soldier, lawyer, and public servant. He is a life-long resident of the Tampa Bay area and grew up in Pasco County. Born and raised in Zephyrhills, Danny attended Zephyrhills High School and the University of South Florida. At the age of 18 he was elected the youngest City Council Member in the history of Zephyrhills and the youngest elected official in the State.

He served two terms on City Council before going to Barry University School of Law to get his law degree.

He served as Mayor of Zephyrhills from 2013-2014 before being elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2014. In 2016 he was reelected without opposition. He served as Chair of the Insurance and Banking Subcommittee in the Florida House.

Danny was tapped by Governor Ron DeSantis in 2018 to serve as the Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs and has led the agency until June 2020, when he announced his run for the State Senate.

Danny currently serves as a Captain in the United States Army Reserve in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He is married to Courtney Burgess, originally of Lithia, Florida, and they are the proud parents of three beautiful children: Adeline (6), Daniel III (4), and Eleanor (1).

Danny has attended St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, located in Zephyrhills, his entire life and is actively involved in various community organizations and local charities.

Education:

University of South Florida, B.A.,

Political Science, 2008

Barry University School of Law,

J.D., 2011

The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, 2013

Employment & Elected Office:

Executive Director, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, 2018 – Present

State Representative, Florida House of Representatives, District 38, 2014-2018

Soldier, United States Army Reserve, 2012-Present

Mayor, City of Zephyrhills, 2013-2014

City Councilman, City of Zephyrhills 2005-2008

Champion for Agriculture Award, Florida Farm Bureau

Defender of Home Rule Award, Florida League of Cities

Florida Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Advocate Award

Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce Leadership in Government Award

Veterans of Foreign Wars Legislator of the Year Award

East Pasco Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Community Service Award

Gary Scott – Candidate for FL House District 42

Meet Gary Scott:

Saint Cloud resident since 1989, Saint Cloud homeowner since 2010, but more importantly a father of four, a husband, and an actively serving veteran. I joined the Army in 2007 for the challenge and education benefits. If you asked me then if I’d still be in, I would have laughed at you. One tour in Afghanistan in 2009, another in Guantanamo Bay in 2011, and most recently Kuwait in 2018. I earned my associates degree from Valencia College and completed the BS degree program from Public Administration with a minor in Health Science. I’m currently taking additional classes to perfect my craft in government. For the last 13 years I’ve been performing selfless service and a lot of these elected officials have a misunderstanding on how government works. They work for us and not the other way around.
Every time I come back from a deployment it takes me longer to get home from the airport because Osceola county approved thousands of more homes to be built but didn’t prepare the infrastructure. All their decisions are based on money and money should never drive your decisions. Money is not quality. I propose we reduce stress and improve quality of life. Education is quality of life. Childcare is quality of life. No crime is quality of life. Personal health is quality of life. Lower cost of living is quality of life. Not building homes for future residence.
My strengths are not experiences from traveling the world, nor my education, nor my struggles, nor my military background but rather the people who live in Osceola County. I’m not 1, I am 155,000. Anyone who gets on the microphone and tells you they know more than 155,000 is not who you want representing you in Tallahassee.
“A vote for me is a vote for us”

Benny Valentin – Candidate for Florida State House Representative, District 42.

Meet Benny Valentin:

Dr. Bienvenido (Benny) Valentin, 44 years of age. Raised in Trujillo Alto Puerto Rico Moved to Long Island NY, where he married Enny Cruz, and in August of 2019 will celebrate 20 years together. He is father to Jenny & Samantha.
After visiting Florida during a convention, Dr. Benny and his wife fell in love with the sunshine state and its exceptional environment. Dr. Benny and his wife knew this was the best place to raise their daughters, and In 2004 moved to Poinciana, Florida.

In his professional life, Dr. Benny Valentin has served as director of Operations for FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES, 18 Years of Executive management experience, and managing annual revenues over 200 million and a workforce of over 2000.
During this time, Dr. Benny Valentin worked hard studying in the evenings to earn advanced degrees in Theology and Clinical Psychology, earning his Ph.D. After earning his degrees, Dr. Benny Valentin began a new stage of his life as an adjunct professor and subcontracted counselor at different Universities and Counseling agencies.
In 2009 Dr. Benny Valentin, his Wife Enny, opened the Logos Christian University, private Christian universities were future pastors and ministers can prepare
themselves to lead the community and churches they serve.
Dr. Benny Valentin comes from a long line of pastors and ministers; his grandfather was a pastor; his father and uncle are also pastors. Dr. Benny Valentin at an early age felt the call to also serve in ministry, he entered the seminary at the age of 14 and began serving alongside his father at Christ the Savior Church in Huntington New York.

After many years of church leadership at every level, Dr. Benny Valentin was ordained a Minister by Bishop Luis Paniagua in Brooklyn, New York, and he went on to pastor Logos Christian Center Church and Tabernacle church the redeemer.

Currently, Dr. Benny Valentin continues to minister in Churches around the world, spreading the Gospel and speaking at conferences that help grow church leadership. Dr. Benny Valentin serves on several nonprofit boards and community organizations, serving as President of Florida Alliance of Clergy, Ministers, and Christian Organizations of Florida. Dr. Benny also Serves as a Law enforcement Chaplain at the Osceola County Sheriff Office. Chaplain
Candidate’s official campaign website: https://www.drbennyvalentin.com/

FRED HAWKINS ​ FOR FLORIDA HOUSE DISTRICT 42

Meet Fred Hawkins –

Commissioner Fred Hawkins, Jr. is a long-time resident of Osceola County and is serving his third term on the Osceola Board of County Commissioners. He was first elected in 2008 and has served as Chairman in 2010, 2014, and 2017.

Commissioner Hawkins represents District 5, a mostly rural area that extends east to neighboring Brevard County and south to Indian River County. Within District 5 are the city of St. Cloud and the development of Harmony, a vibrant residential community that promotes a balance between humans, nature and pets, the Narcoossee Corridor and the pastoral communities of Kenansville and Holopaw.

He currently serves as Osceola County’s representative on the Board of Directors of the Central Florida Expressway Authority, the Orlando Economic Partnership, the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce and St. Cloud Main Street. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Public Risk Underwriters of Florida, Inc.; He recently served as Chair of the Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) .

He has served as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Osceola County Planning Commission, Vice Chairman of the Osceola County Charter Review Commission, and Chairman of the Republican Lincoln Day Dinner. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Association of Counties, Greater Osceola Partnership for Economic Prosperity (GOPEP), Harmony Institute, the Boys & Girls Club, the Children’s Advocacy Center, Community Vision, and Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, Workforce Central Florida, the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, and the Foundation for Osceola Education, and was a member of the St. Cloud Hospital’s Advisory Board of Trustees and GOPEP’s Agricultural Advisory Committee.

Commissioner Hawkins remains close to his roots and heritage by serving his community and participating as a member of the Silver Spurs Rodeo, the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show & Fair (KVLS), and participating in 4-H Club events.

In March 2014, Commissioner Hawkins received the prestigious Golden Eagle Award from the Boy Scouts of America. The award recognizes men and women — both in and out of Scouting — who are champions of community service and who display the qualities embodied in the Boy Scout Law. In addition, Fred has been the Osceola recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award that an adult can receive from scouting.

Commissioner Hawkins graduated from the University of Akron with degrees in Pre-Law and Political Science and is the President and CEO of the Osceola County Education Foundation, He, his wife Tiffany, and daughter Kendrie, live in St. Cloud.

Candidate’s official campaign website: https://www.hawkins4florida.com/

DIANNA LIEBNITZKY – CANDIDATE TO REPRESENT FLORIDA HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 42

DIANNA LIEBNITZKY QUALIFIED BY FL STATE ELECTIONS OFFICE.
THE CANDIDATE TO REPRESENT THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE OF POLK AND OSCEOLA COUNTY AS YOUR FLORIDA HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 42 VOTE AUGUST 8-13 EARLY VOTING, AUGUST 18 PRIMARY DAY LETS TAKE IT ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. DIANNA IS IN TO WIN IT FOR YOU JOIN US – TEAM LIEBNITZKY 2020
My life has been dedicated to the service of others through my years in healthcare and public policy design and implementation In my various leadership roles in the State of Florida’s Trauma System, Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Critical Care and as a Front line Disaster Responder, I have seen the best of humanity and also some very atastrophic situations. In these roles I have demonstrated the dedication it takes to be a true Servant Leader by being the person who works to serve the needs of the people not one’s own self interest.

Through these experiences I have gained an understanding of many of our community strengths as well as the ongoing development needs required to further support the safety, protection and our preparedness for unexpected events. Many of these events ere a direct result of uncontained growth, economic and environmental impacts, public health crisis’ and a number of naturally occurring weather catastrophes that stressed the infrastructure and put the people’s safety and trust at risk.

I am a proud native Floridian, born in Miami, eventually moving to Central Florida- St. Cloud, 28 years ago. I have ultimate respect for our environment, communities and our amazing people. I know that trust is something that I will have to earn and re-earn from the people everyday. I believe in this State and our people no matter from where they originated. Together we can create an environment for all of us to be successful and share the protected resources.

Florida has continued to change and grow. Sometimes as a result of unexpected events, but most often through the desire of many to share the beauty and resources of our State. We must work through collaborative planning and development to support the inevitable growth. We must stand firm in our protection of Florida’s vulnerable resources. Without planned protections, including assuring industry that we attract, will be environmentally compliant and developers will utilize approprirate community formulas for family friendly designs-WE WILL LOSE our State’s economic stronghold forever.

Yes I am PASSIONATE about our objectives for Florida. When asked what my primary objectives will be the answer is fairly simple – Protect our Quality of Life! Sounds straightforward. This answer is actually quite massive as it encompasses everything from supporting our safe living environment and economic stability to developing programs sponsored in part by future employers for our youth’s readiness to enter into new and vigorous career opportunities and to the other end of the life spectrum by supporting the complex needs of our Seniors. These are basics for “Quality of Life” for many members of our State.

The infrastructure to this affirmation of our Quality of Life will be visible through the development of legislation that will maintain the protection and preparation for all areas of our State. Ongoing commitment to education and training of Law Enforcement, EMS and Fire Services with collaboration through State and Local resources will be a key foundation point. Infrastruture development funding must be held accountable through transparency and measurements of the return on investment (ROI) into our critical resources. We must have clearly written, publically accessible reports to promote community understanding and support.

Our mantra must be Zero Increase in taxes that do not have a tangible outcome plan, quality measurements and milestone hard stops. This will include clearly defined short and long term projections for our objectives. What do we need? How much will it cost? How will it be used? Milestone measurement reports assuring correct planning and reduction of “lost” funds shall be mandatory. No more hidden deep pockets and imaginary re-work that falsely drains the tax dollars of Florida HD-42 and Florida at large.

Most importantly YOU elect US, not to overshadow the will of our people but to represent the VOICE of the people. Help me support your future by being involved and communicating to me your ideas for the objectives for the State of Florida House District 42- Osceola and Polk-

Speak UP- Speak OUT- Vote.

Final Note to the people:

What type of Elected Representative will I be?

I AM FEARLESS and cannot be manipulated by groups that seek to profit on the back of our citizens and will NEVER surrender my INTEGRITY to be entangled in promises to big campaign contributors that do not embrace the common goals of our people and the best interest of our State.

Without INTEGRITY we are nothing!

Without Truth and Transparency we are nothing!

Please JOIN WITH ME in this journey and help be the VOICE of the citizens of the Great State of Florida. You are always welcome to contact me. Learn about your Candidates. I will prove that I AM THE choice for Florida House 42 Representative for 2020 and the future of OUR FLORIDA.

SUMMARY OF PRIMARY OBJECTIVES

  • QUALITY OF LIFE FOR FLORIDANS AND OUR VISITORS IS THE FIRST PRIORITY
  • HOLD GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE THROUGH TRANSPARENCY
  • NO NEW TAXES WITHOUT MEASURABLE RETURNS ON INVESTMENT
  • CLARITY IN BILLS, NEW LAWS, AMENDMENTS
  • STRENGTHEN WORK PLACE VIOLENCE-SAFETY GUIDELINES AND STATUTES
  • SUPPORT COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS AND PROTECTION
  • ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
  • HEALTHCARE INNOVATIONS
  • PROTECT AND ENHANCE OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR YOUNGEST TO OLDEST CITIZENS
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY TO SUPPORT AND REPRESENT YOUR OBJECTIVES-

CONTACT ME AND TELL ME WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU.

Candidates official campaign website: https://www.dianna42.com/