By Aubrey Campbell
Thursday, April 20, 2016. Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Community leader, Lavern Deer (left), Political Director for the campaign, presents candidate for Florida State Representative – District 95, Roxanne Valies (right), at the official campaign launch event at the trendy Waterfalls Café & Lounge, in Tamarac township, Fort Lauderdale, on Thursday, April 14.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, from Surinamese ancestry native, Valies who has been a South Florida resident for nearly 30 years, told a room full of family, campaign staffers and supporters that her primary reason for offering herself for elected office is because she wants, “to give back to a community and country that has give me and my family so much over the years”.
“I’m not a politician. I consider myself a public servant and community leader, so for me, this (call to service) is personal. It is not okay that only some of us are doing well. For me, it’s about everyone getting a fair shake at the American dream. That’s what this is about and I am here to ask you to stand with me. I cannot and should not do it alone, because it is not about me, but about all of us. Together, we can move forward as a strong, vibrant District 95”.
Valies, a former president of the Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce said while in Tallahassee – the state capital and seat of government – she will support Obamacare and equal opportunity for access to higher education for high schoolers, such as those at the one she attended; Boyd Anderson HS. The school is very representative of others in the district, where the lack of resources needs to be remedied in order to provide the pipeline of well-prepared future employees for high-paying jobs.
The seat is currently being held by Hazel Rogers who is term limited. The primary election will be held in August.