I'm Andy Mele. Welcome to my campaign website! Thank you for taking the time to visit and learn more about me, and why I am running.
Please see the Issues tab for more details, but the big picture is this: As an environmental activist with Suncoast Waterkeeper, first as the Waterkeeper, later as Executive Director, I watched as the Florida Legislature responded to crisis after crisis—overdevelopment, springs degradation, the worst red tide in history, declining water quality—with nothing, or weak tea at best.
And, when I heard that Will Robinson was going to be running in 2020 without a challenger, I realized that it was time to step up. So here I am.
The Florida Legislature is dominated by the Republican party. It is a body of radical, extremist conservatives who stand, nationwide, for gutting environmental protections; so-called tax cuts, which build debt to funnel money to the very wealthy and leave it to the rest of us to pay back; and a president who is gaming the office for his personal gain. A party that ignored the pandemic until it had burrowed its way into our population, and then turned it into a political football. That's the party of Will Robinson, your current incumbent. Had enough?
I have a plan for COVID-19, and I have a plan to cure the state's sick waters. I have a plan for economic recovery, and for unemployment. It is time to take back the Florida Legislature, so the extremist conservative rampage against the people can finally be halted—in Florida, at least.
Learn more about me at the Meet Andy tab.