"My family taught me to fight for what
I value -- I believe in a Florida that serves all Floridians, not just a few. I'll stand up for a Florida in which education, healthcare, and living wages are accessible for all."
"In Tallahassee, I'll fight to ensure that the heritage, beauty, and the natural resources of our cities and neighborhoods are protected and preserved for future generations."
In The News
State Rep. Erik Fresen Faces Challenge in November Election
“Democrats say Baez could defeat the incumbent for House District 114.
They point out that the district includes left-leaning communities like Pinecrest and Cutler Bay - and that Fresen won by a narrow margin in 2012.
Hispanic Heritage Month: Daisy J. Baez, a Latina devoted to those in need
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Veteran Mother Healthcare Professional
My name is Daisy Baez and I'm running to be your next state representative, District 114. Growing up in the Dominican Republic, I experienced firsthand what it means to be poor. At the age of seven, my mother left me and my sister in the care of my grandmother, while she moved to NYC where she worked long hours in a factory just to be able to send money back home, so that we could survive.
Needless to say, I never got the chance to spend a lot of time with my mother. She sacrificed everything for her family -- even the ability to be with us. Her selflessness showed me the value of service, and it also taught me from an early age that the things we value in life are worth fighting for.
I'm running for office because I believe that a government that protects the middle class, supports public education, and seeks to serve all its constituents is a government worth fighting for.
As many of you know, I had the pleasure of serving this great country as a soldier in the United States Army assigned to the First Cavalry Division, but what many people don’t know is that when I enlisted, I had a limited understanding of the English language. I remember my first night at boot camp -- shortly after I had finally fallen asleep, I was woken up by the sound of a metal gong accompanied by shouts from my drill sergeant. All I heard was “get up get up get up,” and confused bodies stumbling out of bed. The next day, many of my peers called home and left. But, I couldn't leave. Even in the midst of the confusion and language barrier, I couldn't give up on a country whose promise offered so much.
That's why I won’t give up on Tallahassee.
A lot of people look at Tallahassee and all the challenges we face in creating a government that represents us and want to give up. People are frustrated. Frustrated at seeing funding slashed for educational opportunities like the Bright Futures scholarships; upset that people like Charlene Dill, a 32 year-old woman in Jacksonville with an untreated heart condition, are dying because they’re uninsured, while our gov rejects $50 billion in federal funding to expand medicaid; and, most significantly, families are barely staying afloat trying to survive on an outdated minimum wage. I don’t blame people for being disillusioned, but now more than ever we need our voices heard.
Florida deserves a transparent government. One that serves to protect and improve the quality of life for its citizens and their families. And is not easily bought by special interest groups. I can help bring transparency to Tallahassee, but I need your support. I have always fought for what I believed in, whether it was in the Army or working as a champion for healthcare accessibility; because it was the right thing to do.
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ETHICS TRANSPARENCY SERVICE
As a single mother, I know that every penny counts, which is why I believe in passing a women’s equal pay act in Florida. It's 2017, women should not make 77 cents for every $1 a man makes.
A good education means good jobs and a secure place in the middle class for millions of Floridians. Which is why if elected, I'm committed to ensuring that 100% of public funds serve our public schools, not private, for-profit schools, so that our children can receive a quality education.
I'd fight to restore cuts to the Bright Futures scholarship program, so we can help Florida’s best students attend college.
The only way to build Florida’s economy of the future is to grow the economy from the middle class, not from the top down.
As your next State Representative I'll work hard to protect middle class families by fighting for a liveable minimum wage, ensuring equal pay, and investing in public education.