Joe is running for re-election in order to continue tackling the most pressing issues we face. He understands that the cost of living in Florida has grown out of control – which is why he remains focused on implementing common sense solutions to help working families, seniors living on a fixed income and everyone impacted by rising prices. It’s why he has advocated for reforms aiming to reign in the cost of property insurance and address the underlying factors which have caused rates to spike. And it’s why he has fought for increased investment in affordable housing, including through fully funding the Sadowski Housing Trust Fund.
Joe is also devoted to protecting reproductive rights and access to abortion, especially in the wake of the Supreme Court’s disastrous decision overturning Roe v. Wade. In the State House, he has pushed back hard against the Republicans’ dangerous ban on abortion after just 15 weeks of pregnancy without exceptions for rape, incest or human trafficking. Joe is committed to guaranteeing our state’s 11 million women access to abortion by codifying the rights previously affirmed under Roe v. Wade into law.
When it comes to promoting the health of our democracy, he’s intent on safeguarding voting rights, ensuring access to the ballot box and pushing back against election-denying extremists. Joe supports making it as easy as possible for every eligible Floridians to cast a ballot. He opposes GOP measures to undermine trust in our electoral system, scrub the voter rolls, snarl vote-by-mail, suppress the Black vote, decrease minority representation in government and make voter registration more difficult.
In response to our nation’s horrific gun violence epidemic, Joe has been proud to co-sponsor legislation banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines statewide. He has argued against rolling back the minimum age for purchasing firearms from 21 to 18 and voted in favor of “red flag” laws allowing guns to be confiscated from those who pose a threat to themselves and others.
As a retired firefighter, Joe believes that public safety must be a greater priority for lawmakers. He understands the necessity of providing first responders with the resources they need to keep us out of harm’s way as well as the importance of properly compensating them for placing their lives on the line in service to our community. During this year’s Legislative Session, for example, he worked to pass a budget which included bonuses for first responders. He also has a strong record of supporting our veterans and was proud to build consensus among his colleagues for a joint resolution permitting the spouses of deceased disabled veterans to continue claiming the same tax credits to which their families were entitled before death.
Joe has additionally worked to enact policies allowing Florida’s seniors to age with dignity; lowering the cost of healthcare; allocating more tax dollars for traditional public schools and vocational training programs; responding to climate change and environmental threats; and advancing LGBTQ+ equality.
Over the course of his years in public service, Joe has been endorsed by the following organizations: