I understand that the primary duties of a state representative are to help balance the budget and hear and vote on bills. That being verbalized, I believe we can use our voice to change some of the issues we do not like. I learned at an early age if I did not like what I saw to jump in, roll up my sleeves and get to work, this is me rolling up my sleeves.
My promise to you, as a No Party Affiliated Candidate I will not vote blindly on issues because of loyalty to a party. My loyalty is to you, the people. I will however, work across the aisle, to obtain the best results for all my constituents and neighbors in House District #48
Our schools need to implement work/study programs and internships (by the tenth grade) that prepare students with a skillset so that upon graduation they have some direction. Our education is lagging in comparison to other States and nations. We currently rank 30th. We need to prepare our children better to compete in the future job market. I strongly believe this and have gathered a group together to start changing our future generations.
I grew up with physical exercise in school every day. We need to make exercise a part of the curriculum again. Children who play are happier children. By no means am I judging anyone but it is a proven fact, inactivity leads to obesity and illness.
There are some exceptions in the Fair Standard Labor Act that are excluded from overtime pay with no limitations. As a result there are people working one hundred hours and only getting paid for forty. This last legal form of slavery needs to be addressed. I'm glad to finally see some movement on this issue but to set the limit at 49k/year is not enough. The exceptions need to be completely eradicated.
Criminalizing the indigent poor will not solve the growing problem of homelessness. It's been proven that helping them become productive members of society and reincorporating them into the tax base does.
Our military has served our country well. Promises to soldiers like my brother should be kept. They should not deal with the broken promises of full medical coverage. It is because of them that we exercise our freedom.
For over thirty years I have woken up to go to work, I am not for granting anyone a free ride. I believe every able person receiving any government assistance should be reincorporated into adult education for retraining in the interest of creating self-sufficiency. It is time for everyone to carry their own weight.
We need to respect our differences. We are a diverse culture. We cannot allow our society to regress based on fear mongering or dominance. Therefore, we must protect our rights and beliefs as originally stated in our constitution and not permit these individual rights to be dragged into opposition by people's personal and political agenda. This includes our religious beliefs. What happens in the prayer closet or bedroom is each individual’s business respectfully. Worry about living your own life.
My integrity defines who I am, it is the most valuable attribute I possess. I wake up every morning knowing I can live with the person I see in the mirror. I know I can look at my children every day and know they respect the person I am.
My work ethic is a guarantee that I will respectfully and morally carry out my responsibilities as your next State Representative for House District #48.
My community service in the State of Florida over the past six years is from the heart. As the unpaid founder and president of a non-profit organization (Miles of Help Through Christ), I have proven that there is no ulterior motive in my service to the people. I care about helping our citizens.
I am currently serving on the Orange County Commission on Aging. I believe the elderly should not have to choose between food and medicine.
I have started up other programs such as "MOHTC Prom & Graduation closet" which this year provisioned more than 50 seniors with graduation attire they would not have been able to purchase.
I have founded another organization, "Teach Them to Fish U.S.A" dedicated to teaching our young people life skills that will help them become self-sufficient.
I am not a politician, I am here to serve the people. You can count on your voice being heard long past you cast your vote. I am #yourvoiceinHD48
If you live in district 48 which covers the following Zip Code: 32807, 32809, 32822, 32824, 32827, 32829, 32837 please accept my invitation to research your candidates. Consider my service and my desire to serve you when casting your vote in November. Vote for Augustin 'Gus' Martinez for State Representative in House District #48.