WHO IS EMILY MICHIE?
Emily Michie is a proud native of Lakeland, Florida. She had the privilege of teaching in Polk County Schools for about a decade prior to becoming an attorney. Her legislative priorities are Education and Justice Reform, because having worked in both the classroom and the courtroom, she has seen the true effect of decisions made in Tallahassee by politicians who have done neither.
Emily grew up spending hours at the Lakeland Library and Polk Museum of Art. When school was out, she also had the privilege of traveling overseas with her missionary grandparents, and that exposure to other parts of the world shaped her thinking in a profound way. She attended Lake Gibson, graduated from Collegiate High School at Polk State College, and went on to attend the University of South Florida where she majored in International Studies and minored in American Sign Language. She worked her way through school, substitute teaching, and mentoring students with Autism through a program at the USF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.
She had always wanted to be a teacher, and she became certified to teach both Special Education and Social Studies. While working full-time as a teacher, Emily attended night classes at Florida A&M University College of Law, where she earned a law degree with a certificate in Human Rights and Global Justice Studies. During this hectic time she also had two little girls, Lillian and Joline, and her hope for the kind of world they will grow up in continues to be Emily's driving force.
WHY IS SHE RUNNING AND WHAT DOES SHE STAND FOR?
This year has been a challenging one for all of us, a year that demands bold action in the face of crisis to re-imagine the status quo. Discouraged, dismayed, and disillusioned with the current political climate, Emily decided to face the problem head-on with the attitude that it's time to re-think all of our assumptions about what politics has to look like. Emily stands for love, justice, unity, and civil discourse.
Here are a few of Emily's legislative priorities:
-Push for the full legalization of recreational marijuana. States that have already done so have generated as much as a billion dollars of revenue in the first year. There has never been a more important time to find creative ways to generate additional revenue for our State, and frankly, cannabis consumption nationwide is way up during the pandemic anyway. We must stop placing costly demands on law enforcement and the court system to punish people for possession of this substance which we already recognize as medically safe and legally available to anyone who can afford a license.
-Prioritize teachers and students, move Florida upward from it's embarrassing position as one of the lowest rated states nationwide for Education funding. Rethink our assumptions about school safety and classroom learning. Address our failure to design the education system to equip our children with the knowledge and skills that will be most crucial to their success as adults. Expand financial literacy education in K-12 schools.
-Support local business owners and entrepreneurs. Promote economic growth and expansion while holding out-of-state corporations accountable for the advantages they receive when they do business here. Push for a living wage.
HOW CAN SHE REPRESENT YOU?
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Emily needs your help to get to Tallahassee and represent you!
First of all, Emily wants to know you! Please introduce yourself and let her know how she can represent you.
Second, let us know if you're willing to donate your valuable time and volunteer for the campaign. We appreciate you so much.
And finally, money talks, campaigns are expensive, and Emily needs your coin. You can contribute up to $1,000, but everything helps!