We are very excited to be bringing in Mrs. Jennifer Carroll, former Lt. Governor from the State of Florida on behalf of the Chris Belflower for Office campaign August 29 & 30, 2017!
Check the calendar for all of the details.
Jennifer immigrated to America from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago West Indies at the age of eight. She enlisted in the United States Navy in 1979. At a time when women were not the norm in her chosen field, she rose through the ranks from an enlisted Jet Mechanic, received a commission as a Naval Aviation Maintenance Officer and retired as a highly decorated Lieutenant Commander Aviation Maintenance Officer after 20 years. She held both Secret and Top Secret Security Clearance.
Jennifer was Florida's 18th Lieutenant Governor. She was the first female elected as Lieutenant Governor in Florida and the first African-American and Caribbean elected Statewide. She immigrated to the United States at the age of eight and served her adopted land admirably.
She was a state legislator for over seven years, a small business owner, former Executive Director of Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs and a Navy veteran. In addition to her duties assisting the Governor with economic development, Jennifer oversaw the Florida Department of Military Affairs, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, and Chairperson of Space Florida. She was also the Governor's Designee on the Florida Defense Support Task Force, and Chairperson on the Governor's Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection.
Please visit her website at www.jennifercarroll.com for more information or to purchase her book!
I am a public servant. I retired after 23 years in the fire service between the cities of Inver Grove Heights & Mahtomedi, where I currently reside with my wife, Shannon. Together we have three 2-legged children, Austin, Hailey, and Mackenzie. and 2 4-legged kids, Cameron and Sallie.
I am currently a safety instructor for the construction industry working for Associated Builders & Contractors of MN/ND. I am also a state certification instructor for the State of California. I currently train firefighters and mechanics how to work on their fire apparatus. In 2005, I built what turned out to be one of the largest bar/restaurant entertainment companies in the Twin Cities from the ground up, with Straight Flush Entertainment. I sold this in 2015.
I come from a military family: Dad (Air Force), Mom (Royal Air Force), & two brothers (Navy & Army). In addition, my Grandfather was a Japanese POW, and several other extended family members, including uncles and my Father -in-Law have served in various branches of the service as well.
I have what I call, my Three NON-NEGOTIABLES. These are issues I cannot nor will waver on.
First is Education Reform. Although we have a decent education system, we can and need to be better. Over the past 20 years, while the incumbent has been the Chair of the Education Committee, our student scoring has continued to decline. This NEEDS to stop. Our students are suffering.This leads to a weaker and unprepared workforce.We cannot leave our future without knowledge and tools to succeed after graduation.
Second is Economic Improvement. Sure, we have a decent economy, including budget surpluses, but we need to make our economy stronger. We can do better. Minnesota deserves better.
And finally is full support for our Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS< and Veterans. We need to ensure they all have the tools and resources to not only protect the residents they serve and protect, but for their families that also depend on them to come home every night. We can make this happen, and provide better services for our community.
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