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Kelly Johnson for Florida

Kelly Johnson is a life-long Floridian, a mother, and a fighter running to represent District 65 in the Florida House of Representatives.

Meet Kelly
Why I’m Fighting

My name is Kelly Johnson and I'm the best candidate for state house district 65. I’ve lived in Pinellas County my entire life, and I am ready to fight to win it back for all Floridians.

This district is my home. I was the second of three children born to Virginia and Dean Johnson, who dedicated their adult lives to serving the students of Pinellas County as public school teachers. I've seen firsthand the changes to the environment, businesses, and people here. I know from personal experience how critical it is to not only look like a representative for this region, but to act like it.

I graduated from Dunedin High School, went on to study at St. Petersburg College, and received my bachelor’s degree at Clearwater Christian College.

I am by no means a politician, but I guess I’m turning into one. I have spent most of my adult life caring for children. I’ve cared for my own as well as several youth in the area who call me “mom” to this day. I’ve served as a middle school basketball coach, a middle school soccer coach, and an elementary flag football coach. I’ve led youth groups based in my home for more than 15 years, and have served in many areas of ministry helping the homeless, the women, the seniors, and the most vulnerable of our community: the youth.

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I’m a published author; I’ve published 10 books to date, including self-help books, teen novels, and a children’s adventure series.

My most recent work has been fighting for the thousands of Floridians who are unemployed and currently not receiving any income. It was through this experience that I was able to link arms with the masses and I discovered the disgraceful things that were happening at the government level in our state.

District 65 needs smart well rounded leadership to propel it into the future. In a post COVID-19 economy, I will push hard to vote for legislation that makes sense and protects the environment. I have signed onto and fully support the "Florida Climate and Economic Defense Initiative". I will work to make our streets and schools safer and have developed an initiative to get guns out of the hands of repeat domestic violence offenders. I support common sense gun laws that make our streets safer while ensuring citizens keep their rights. I will strive to help pull more Floridians out of poverty by developing ways to increase incomes and lessen the burden on the welfare system. I will protect healthcare and support expanding our current system. I will support programs that help citizens become homeowners. And I will continue to work with the people to ensure that discrimination has no place in our future.

This year your vote will shape our new post COVID-19 world. Make sure you cast it for the right person. And if you're in district 65 cast it for me!

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What I'm Fighting For
Issues

As a lifelong Floridian, I have seen firsthand how the most vulnerable in our communities are not provided fair and equal access to resources.

I’m fighting for a Florida that is safe and sustainable for all.

  • Economy & Jobs
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    The minimum wage in Florida should be raised to $15 an hour.

    The present minimum wage is set too low.

  • Health & Families
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    I will push for an expansion of the Affordable Care Act

    Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, over 20 million Americans have acquired health care coverage and the uninsured rate has been cut almost in half.

    More than 2.3 million young adults are among the newly insured because the Affordable Care Act allows them to stay on their parent's insurance until age 26. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions is now illegal. And the plans are economical, with nearly 8 in 10 Americans who recently shopped in the marketplace could get it for less than $100.00 per month.

    The Affordable Care Act has also allowed states to expand Medicaid to help even more Americans get covered.

    • Women should have access to affordable and safe reproductive care, and the right to choose what they do with their bodies.
    • Kelly is committed to reducing the number of terminated pregnancies by expanding reproductive education, adoption services, and mental health counseling.
    • Paid family leave is essential for all Floridians.
    • Pre-existing conditions should be covered and we should take steps to portect these insurance premiums
    • Everyone should have access to affordable, quality health ccare
    • Expand ACA, don't replace, make reforms to provide more access to more Floridians
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    Human activity is the dominant cause of observed climate change over the past century (climate.gov 2020).

    Global warming is causing sea levels to rise, an increaoutpuse in wildfires, severe storms, droughts, and other extreme weather events that threaten the very existence of human life.

    It is estimated that $500,000,000,000 will be lost in annual economic output by the United States by the year 2100. 99% of all coral reefs on Earth will be lost. Wildfires will annually burn at least twice as much forest area in the western US than was typically burned by wildfires in the years preceding 2019, More than 350 million people will be exposed to deadly heat stress by the year 2050. And a risk of damage to $1,000,000,000,000 of public infrastructure and coastal real estate in the United States.

    We must work together to

    Achieve net-zero green house gas emissions

    Implelment a carbon tax to directly punish polluters.

    Create good, high-wage jobs and ensure prosperity and economic security for all people of Pinellas.

    Invest in the infrastructure and industry in Pinellas to sustainably meet the challenges of the 21st century.

    Invest in renewable energy sources.

    Secure access to clean air and water, healthy food, nature, and a sustainable environment for all people

    Once and for all eliminate offshore oil drilling and fracking

News and updates
Keep up with Kelly Johnson for Florida

Here's the latest from us, including updates and announcements.

  • THE GUARDIAN – “Covid-19 jobless crisis presents problem for Republicans in solid-red Florida,” writes Dierdra Funcheon

    Kelly was featured in a profile by Dierdra Funcheon in Capital and Main, co-published by The American Prospect and The Guardian. Funcheon details Johnson’s frustration with the state government’s lack of response to the unemployment crisis, and her decision to run for office to change that.

  • Radio appearance Get Out and Vote

    Kelly appeared on local radio show “Get Out and Vote.” Listen in as she shares some of her story and answers listener questions about the environment, healthcare, and unemployment

  • Unemployment/Reemployment Town Hall

    Kelly Johnson participated in a virtual town hall alongside Representative Jennifer Webb to address the Florida unemployment/reemployment crisis.

  • FLORIDA POLITICS: “Democratic House candidate raises funding to target GOP leadership”

    Kelly Johnson was one of several Democratic candidates across the state that received donations from Bob Lynch, candidate for House District 116. According to reporting by Jacob Ogles, Lynch has also donated to Lisa Stortstrom (House District 74) and Katherine Norman (Senate District 23).

  • FLORIDA POLITICS: “More Democrats file for long-shot legislative races in 2020”

    Kelly Johnson is one of several Democrats all across the state running to bring power back to the people of Florida.

  • PATCH: “Florida Unemployment Claims Exceed $1 Billion”

    Kelly appeared at a protest on Bayshore Boulevard, advocating for the Floridians who are frustrated with the current unemployment system. You can join the fight at Action Group for COVID-19 Unemployment.

  • WFLA: “Unemployed Floridians protest over the failure of state to process claims”

    Kelly Johnson was among over a dozen protesters that took to Bayshore Boulevard to make their voices heard. Frustrations are high, as countless Floridians have still not received their unemployment benefits.

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