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Candidate Statement:

Darryl Franklin Reaves, Lawyer, former member of the Florida House of Representatives.

Back in 2004, my mother posed a question. “What are you going to do about the young boys and girls whose lives are wasting away on the street corners of our community? There has to be a program for them.” I said, “there is a program, it is called the Miami-Dade County Public School system.”

Again, she asked, “What are you going to do?’  I told her that the best financed program for education was the school system. She looked at me and said, “If your father was alive he would do something.”

Wounded by the truth, I began to seriously think about the plight of education in District 2. After a careful examination of the conditions and the possibilities, I ran for the school board in 2006.

My mother lived to see me garner over 14,000 votes only to lose by a small vote margin. Before she passed, I told her I would be back and this time I would win. Winning not for the sake of winning, but to be able to do something for the boys and girls whose lives are dependent on a solid education.

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