Debra A., Kaplan is a Democrat from Eustis, Fl., who is running in 2020 for Florida State House Seat 31, which includes a portion of Lake County and Northwestern Orange.
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Hi, I'm Debra Kaplan, and I am actively campaigning for Florida House District 31. Our campaign is focused on Common Sense solutions to resolve income inequality, expand affordable housing, support public education and vocational education, protect the environment by preventing fracking and offshore drilling as well as enact common sense gun laws.
A History of Fighting for Change
Debra A. Kaplan's support of social justice has prompted her to participate in events ranging from the Women's March in Washington DC in January 2017 to Central Florida events including Moms for Common Sense Gun Laws Rallies in Orlando in 2019 to the Florida and Lake NOW protests against laws restricting a women's right to reproductive rights to the protest against the Confederate statute coming to the Lake Historical Museum in August 2019. She has stood with groups protecting equality, women's rights, and justice for all citizens.
Ms. Kaplan has supported community events including the African American Heritage Festivals in Mount Dora, Eustis, Tavares and the MLK Parade in Orlando in January 2020. And participated in the Georgefest Parades in Eustis and Memorial Day Observances in Eustis. Ms. Kaplan has also volunteered at Equality Florida's booth at Lake Eola in Orlando in 2018.
She has participated in the Tavares Christmas Parade, the Mount Dora and Tavares Independence Day Parades and she has volunteered at clinics for returning citizens looking to clear their record. Ms. Kaplan has volunteered and contributed to the non profit group Feed the Soul of Lake's Thanksgiving and other holiday meals in Ferran Park that provides free meals and other necessities to poor families, homeless and seniors who are alone on the holidays.
In June, following the death of George Floyd and others, she participated in three marches in Lake County and Apopka, as well as a vigil in Tavares, FL.
A Lifelong Record of Working for the Community
Prior to moving to Lake County, she was a mentor in 1990 to at risk high school students under the Orlando Chamber of Commerce's Compact program.
Ms. Kaplan was also a founding member of the Lower Naugatuck Valley Interfaith Housing Council in Derby, Ct. In the 1980s. She worked with religious leaders to convert an old fire station into a shelter for homeless individuals and families. Ms. Kaplan also served as Vice President of the Lower Naugatuck Valley Arts Council in Ansonia, CT, which supported arts programs for adults and children in the 1980s.
A Common Sense Campaign
We believe in bringing common sense to Tallahassee and working for the betterment of all citizens, including protecting our water and aquifers from pollution, septic system leakage and fertilizer runoff. We believe in educational funding by sunsetting programs which are not working and using those funds for public education, as well as expanding vocational education.
While we support the second amendment for responsible gun owner, we believe the state of Florida needs to have stronger background checks, and measures prohibiting large ammunition military style guns for street use. Domestic violence arrestees should not have access to guns. Ms. Kaplan also believes that we must close the gun show loophole and perform background checks for guns purchased at these shows.
We must keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have one. Our campaign advocacy includes fighting for Amendment One to preserve Florida's open spaces, and Amendment 4 which gives returning citizens the right to vote, registering people to vote, working the polls at elections as an observer, as well as getting out the vote.
An Active Community Member
Debra is currently a member of Lake NOW, the Sierra Club, a supporter of WMFE-FM, the Lake Chapter of the Florida Democratic Women's Club, The Golden Triangle Democratic Club, The Lake Democratic Executive Committee and is a precinct captain. Ms. Kaplan is also a member of Bullsugar Environmental organization. She has been a Florida resident since 1989.
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A letter from state representative Amy Mercado to Debra Kaplan
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