Can we now brag that Florida understands the power and value of a woman?
In 1992, Corrine Brown was elected to serve in the U. S. Congress and was again re-elected Tuesday to add another four years to her 18 years, already served.
You don’t have to ask why, because everybody knows that “Corrine delivers.”
Now Florida can boast of another trailblazer, Jennifer Carroll who presently serves as a Florida State Representative and come January, she will take the seat of Florida’s Lieutenant Governor – another first for Florida.
Voting was not easy around the state, even though it appeared to be but one would say it was not easy, using Duval County as an example of was displayed all around America. People did not go to vote, especially members of theDemocratic Party. The polls showed early that the turnout was low. In Duval County, there are 527,079 registered voters. There were 260,269 ballots cast, 49.38% of the registered voters, which is less than half of those who have the ability to utilize their right to vote.
Jennifer Carroll is truly a history maker since the 51-year-old is also the first black female Republican elected to the state legislature. As an adopted child, born in Trinidad, West Indies, she has shown much strength. The Navy veteran served for more than twenty years, and retired as a Lieutenant Commander. She was an aviation maintenance officer with a degree in political science and she also has a master’s degree. Both Congresswoman Corrine Brown and Lt. Elect Carroll hold master degrees.
They are both very talented women and have served the community well in their elected positions.
There were few Democrats elected during this mid-term election. Ms. Brown was one and Democratic Rep. Sanford Bishop of Georgia’s 2nd District, was re-elected by a very small margin, even though he has served for 18 years. Also winning in Florida is Iraq veteran, Republican, Allen West. The retired Lieutenant Colonel will be representing Florida’s Congressional District 22. Ten Iraq veterans will join as new members of Congress.
Many were disappointed by some of the amendments for the State of Florida, specifically Amendment 5 and 6. It is understood that even though the state voted for the Amendment, it may not be able to become effective until after the census has been counted and reported as it would go against the U. S. Constitution if the approval change would overlook the minority population in the districts where such a population is high and the citizens would prefer a minority representing them.
Even though Ms. Carroll did not use this on her platform, her son, Nolan Carroll is a rookie defensive back for the Miami Dolphins so, we know someone is really ‘watching her back.’