Eric Giunta of Sunshine State News profiles Representative Kathleen Peters, a good friend to both Michelle and me and a true community servant. An excerpt of the profile:
Pinellas County’s newest Republican representative isn’t new to public service, and she has an ambitious agenda that includes tax cuts for coastal homeowners, tuition breaks for veterans, and the enactment of a new law that would prohibit minors from operating vessels that tow people across water.
Rep. Kathleen Peters, R-South Pasadena, hails from Democrat-leaning District 69, which includes the west coast of Pinellas County. She won her race with over 52 percent of the vote, despite her district having gone for Obama in the very same election and in 2008.
… “I am very involved in community work, particularly with youth,” Peters says, when asked what motivated her to first run for public office. “When I worked for the YMCA, we placed many community centers in high-risk neighborhoods to make those communities and families stronger, and for of the successes I had I was strongly encouraged by so many people to get actively involved at a different level.”
… Though she’s been placed on the important Education Committee by House Speaker Will Weatherford, an assignment she specifically requested, Peters says she’s in no rush to advance legislation this session which would realize some of her ideas. Instead, she is looking into putting on workshops for her fellow members and working with House leadership to commission studies on best practices.
“We can’t fix the state’s unemployment if we don’t fix our education system,” she insists. “So we really want to make sure that when we do legislation, we’re doing it right.”