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Meet Dee Melvin

My name is Mamie A. Melvin, but my friends call me Dee.  I am running for Florida House of Representatives, District 33, for many reasons.  I am running because I believe our legislator should represent everyone in District 33.

 

We deserve a Representative who will represent all our American values.

 

We deserve a Representative who will support public education so all children have the chance to achieve their full potential and fulfill their dreams the way I did.

 

As a child I never had to worry about active shooter drills.  We deserve a Representative who will support common-sense gun laws.  Our children should not have to worry about active shooters.

 

We deserve a Representative who will fight for affordable health care.  When I was a child, we could not afford to go to the doctor.  I never saw a doctor or dentist until I was 12 years old – we did not have health care and neither do many of our children in the district today.

 

We deserve a Representative who will fight for a living wage and affordable housing.  No child in Florida should go to bed hungry or live in poverty the way I did.

 

I was born in North Carolina and raised in Clinton and Columbia South Carolina.  I lived in poverty, often with no electricity, water or indoor plumbing.  Often, I did not know where I would lay my head down at night.  At the age of 12, my life changed forever.  I was sent to live in a Methodist children’s home and lived there until the age of 18.  This move opened a world of opportunity for me that I would not have otherwise had.

 

I am an Air Force Veteran.  I met and married my husband, Kenneth Melvin, at my first duty station.  Ken is also an Air Force Veteran.  Between us, we have over 60 years of service to our country.  I am happy to say we have been married for 42 wonderful years.  I retired from the Air Force at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida in 2007.

 

While in the Air Force I took full advantage of the GI Bill and graduated with honors from Bellevue College in Bellevue, Nebraska with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration.

We have lived in Florida since 1998 and in The Villages since 2014.

 

Mamie Melvin is a former member of the US Air Force.  Use of military rank, job titles and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Air Force or the Department of Defense.

 

 

The Issues

 

 

Healthcare

Healthcare is a human right.  Over 2.6 million Floridians do not have healthcare.  The uninsured rate is 50% higher than the national average.  This is up 16% from last year. Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security face the prospect of being unable to cover the full cost of promised benefits as soon as 2030.  This includes support for more than 60% of Floridians in nursing homes.

 

I will work to stop Florida’s involvement in the lawsuit to end the Affordable Care Act (which could mean a 5-fold increase in the cost of insurance premiums for seniors).  I will fight to expand Medicaid and create a way to ensure all Floridians, regardless of pre-existing conditions, have access to the healthcare they need.

 

I was once asked why I cared about health care for others.  After all, the argument was, I was retired military and had good health care.  My response was that I believed we should all have affordable health care. No one should have to choose between life-saving medicine and food.  No one should die because they cannot afford healthcare.

 

 

Living Wage

Health and Human Services reports that the poverty level for a family of four is $24,600.  According to the US Census Bureau, over 17% of Marion County residents live in poverty, over 12% of Lake County residents live in poverty and over 9% of Sumter County residents live in poverty.  Because the Sumter County statistic includes The Villages, the actual number there is likely significantly higher.

 

No Floridian should live in poverty.  No one should have to work 2 or 3 jobs to provide the basic needs for our families.  No one should go to bed hungry because they cannot put food on their tables.  I will demand a livable wage for all Floridians to allow every one of us to live in dignity.

 

Affordable Housing

We have an affordable housing crisis in Florida.  Over 3 million Floridians live below the poverty level.  Many cannot afford the very basics in shelter for themselves and their families.  If you look at the numbers of those living in poverty in Lake, Marion and Sumter counties, it becomes clear how many lives in District 33 could be improved by the opportunity to live in affordable housing.  We must find a solution.  We all deserve safe and secure affordable housing.

 

Education

All children deserve a quality education.  All children deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential.  The best way to do this is by funding public education, not by shifting tax dollars from public education to private education including for profit charter schools.  We started this school year with about 3,500 teacher vacancies.  Florida has some of the lowest funding of any state school system in the country.  We spend about $2,800 less per student each year than is typical in other states.  I demand that our public schools be fully funded.  I owe the life I live today to public education and I want every child to have the same opportunities I had.

 

Gun Safety

Over 72% of Americans support a return to common-sense gun laws, such as universal background checks, closing the gun show loopholes, reinstating Reagan-era bans on assault weapons.

 

We know that background checks keep guns out of the hands of people with dangerous histories and this is the foundation of any comprehensive gun violence prevention strategy. Currently, background checks are only required under federal law for sales conducted by licensed dealers. This gap in the law allows felons, domestic abusers, fugitives, and other prohibited purchasers to buy guns from unlicensed sellers without a background check, no questions asked.

 

Assault weapons are meant for the military and law enforcement.  I can see no reason for anyone else to own a weapon that can kill 9 people and injure 27 in 30 seconds.

 

Equal Rights

I believe we are all endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, and among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

 

I support equal rights for all, no matter where you come from, how much money you make, your gender, the color of your skin, who you love or your religion.  We should all be treated equally under the law with equal opportunity to achieve our goals and live our lives free of discrimination.

 

Environment

For years Floridians have been led to believe that climate change was not real and that science was a dirty word.  Now is the time to take back the narrative and work to ensure we leave a better environment to future generations.  Florida is the “Sunshine State”.  We need to harness that sun and our other natural resources to provide renewable energy.  Now is not the time to sit back – now is the time to take action to protect our land, air and water.  We cannot wait for someone else to take action.  I will support legislation to protect our environment.

 

 

 

 

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Meet Dee Melvin

My name is Mamie A. Melvin, but my friends call me Dee.  I am running for Florida House of Representatives, District 33, for many reasons.  I am running because I believe our legislator should represent everyone in District 33.

 

We deserve a Representative who will represent all our American values.

 

We deserve a Representative who will support public education so all children have the chance to achieve their full potential and fulfill their dreams the way I did.

 

As a child I never had to worry about active shooter drills.  We deserve a Representative who will support common-sense gun laws.  Our children should not have to worry about active shooters.

 

We deserve a Representative who will fight for affordable health care.  When I was a child, we could not afford to go to the doctor.  I never saw a doctor or dentist until I was 12 years old – we did not have health care and neither do many of our children in the district today.

 

We deserve a Representative who will fight for a living wage and affordable housing.  No child in Florida should go to bed hungry or live in poverty the way I did.

 

I was born in North Carolina and raised in Clinton and Columbia South Carolina.  I lived in poverty, often with no electricity, water or indoor plumbing.  Often, I did not know where I would lay my head down at night.  At the age of 12, my life changed forever.  I was sent to live in a Methodist children’s home and lived there until the age of 18.  This move opened a world of opportunity for me that I would not have otherwise had.

 

I am an Air Force Veteran.  I met and married my husband, Kenneth Melvin, at my first duty station.  Ken is also an Air Force Veteran.  Between us, we have over 60 years of service to our country.  I am happy to say we have been married for 42 wonderful years.  I retired from the Air Force at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida in 2007.

 

While in the Air Force I took full advantage of the GI Bill and graduated with honors from Bellevue College in Bellevue, Nebraska with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration.

We have lived in Florida since 1998 and in The Villages since 2014.

 

Mamie Melvin is a former member of the US Air Force.  Use of military rank, job titles and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Air Force or the Department of Defense.

 

Healthcare

Healthcare is a human right.  Over 2.6 million Floridians do not have healthcare.  The uninsured rate is 50% higher than the national average.  This is up 16% from last year. Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security face the prospect of being unable to cover the full cost of promised benefits as soon as 2030.  This includes support for more than 60% of Floridians in nursing homes.

 

I will work to stop Florida’s involvement in the lawsuit to end the Affordable Care Act (which could mean a 5-fold increase in the cost of insurance premiums for seniors).  I will fight to expand Medicaid and create a way to ensure all Floridians, regardless of pre-existing conditions, have access to the healthcare they need.

 

I was once asked why I cared about health care for others.  After all, the argument was, I was retired military and had good health care.  My response was that I believed we should all have affordable health care. No one should have to choose between life-saving medicine and food.  No one should die because they cannot afford healthcare.

 

 

Living Wage

Health and Human Services reports that the poverty level for a family of four is $24,600.  According to the US Census Bureau, over 17% of Marion County residents live in poverty, over 12% of Lake County residents live in poverty and over 9% of Sumter County residents live in poverty.  Because the Sumter County statistic includes The Villages, the actual number there is likely significantly higher.

 

No Floridian should live in poverty.  No one should have to work 2 or 3 jobs to provide the basic needs for our families.  No one should go to bed hungry because they cannot put food on their tables.  I will demand a livable wage for all Floridians to allow every one of us to live in dignity.

 

Affordable Housing

We have an affordable housing crisis in Florida.  Over 3 million Floridians live below the poverty level.  Many cannot afford the very basics in shelter for themselves and their families.  If you look at the numbers of those living in poverty in Lake, Marion and Sumter counties, it becomes clear how many lives in District 33 could be improved by the opportunity to live in affordable housing.  We must find a solution.  We all deserve safe and secure affordable housing.

 

Education

All children deserve a quality education.  All children deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential.  The best way to do this is by funding public education, not by shifting tax dollars from public education to private education including for profit charter schools.  We started this school year with about 3,500 teacher vacancies.  Florida has some of the lowest funding of any state school system in the country.  We spend about $2,800 less per student each year than is typical in other states.  I demand that our public schools be fully funded.  I owe the life I live today to public education and I want every child to have the same opportunities I had.

 

Gun Safety

Over 72% of Americans support a return to common-sense gun laws, such as universal background checks, closing the gun show loopholes, reinstating Reagan-era bans on assault weapons.

 

We know that background checks keep guns out of the hands of people with dangerous histories and this is the foundation of any comprehensive gun violence prevention strategy. Currently, background checks are only required under federal law for sales conducted by licensed dealers. This gap in the law allows felons, domestic abusers, fugitives, and other prohibited purchasers to buy guns from unlicensed sellers without a background check, no questions asked.

 

Assault weapons are meant for the military and law enforcement.  I can see no reason for anyone else to own a weapon that can kill 9 people and injure 27 in 30 seconds.

 

Equal Rights

I believe we are all endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, and among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

 

I support equal rights for all, no matter where you come from, how much money you make, your gender, the color of your skin, who you love or your religion.  We should all be treated equally under the law with equal opportunity to achieve our goals and live our lives free of discrimination.

 

Environment

For years Floridians have been led to believe that climate change was not real and that science was a dirty word.  Now is the time to take back the narrative and work to ensure we leave a better environment to future generations.  Florida is the “Sunshine State”.  We need to harness that sun and our other natural resources to provide renewable energy.  Now is not the time to sit back – now is the time to take action to protect our land, air and water.  We cannot wait for someone else to take action.  I will support legislation to protect our environment.