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Tuesday, September 18, 2018 12:21 PM

Florida MoveOn Members Endorse Andrew Gillum, Progressive Candidates Ahead of Midterm Elections

I am honored to be included in this list of candidates who are all working hard to communities better. Please see the full statement below.  

FLORIDA — Today, MoveOn Political Action is announcing a wave of endorsements made by its members in Florida ahead of November’s midterm elections.


Each of the candidates is currently fighting for progressive values like making health care more affordable and ensuring equal opportunities in their communities. Specifically, MoveOn members in their respective districts have voted to endorse:


  • Andrew Gillum (Governor): Andrew Gillum is running for governor to rebuild Florida into a state that works for everyone. He knows all Floridians deserve good-paying jobs so they can support their families. He wants to protect and expand Floridians’ access to quality, affordable health care, especially for people with pre-existing conditions. He knows we need to strengthen our public schools and end the culture of high-stakes testing. As governor, Andrew Gillum will fight against the special interests that are standing in the way of taking real action on climate change, and he will always ensure Florida is a welcoming and safe place for everyone, no matter where they come from, who they love or how they identify.


  • Joshua Simmons (Coral Springs City Commission): Joshua Simmons is a Broward County school teacher and Coral Springs volunteer where he serves on several city committees, including the Customer Involved Government Committee, Multicultural Advisory Committee, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee. Simmons moved to Coral Springs in 2011 to help raise his sister while his single mother served in the United States Navy. He worked as a mental health therapist before taking a position as a Broward County Public School Teacher at Pompano Beach Middle School, followed by his current position at Coral Springs High. Simmons is running for City Commission to focus on moving Coral Springs a new way forward and is focused on listening and responding to the needs of the residents, updating infrastructure, supporting senior programs, improving city relationships with small businesses, and supporting local schools and campus safety. If elected in November, Simmons would be the first Black person elected to office in Coral Springs.


  • Sean Shaw (Attorney General): Sean Shaw is currently a state representative in the Florida legislature, representing HD-61. Prior to elected office, Shaw served as the state’s consumer advocate under Alex Sink. He has promised that, if elected in November, the attorney general’s office will be an activist office that will file or join lawsuits aimed at properly funding public education and environmental land purchases, preserving health care, and upholding the passage of medicinally legal, smokable marijuana. Shaw’s top priorities will be ensuring that every single Floridian, from the largest corporation to the most common of criminal, knows that they will be treated equally under the law; holding the pharmaceutical industry accountable for their role in Florida's ongoing opioid epidemic; pushing for the adoption of common sense gun safety reforms; and enforcing the law to the fullest extent for those found violating our current firearms regulations.

 


Tuesday, March 20, 2018 11:45 AM

Joshua Simmons receives national endorsement from Run for Something Organization!


Monday, January 22, 2018 12:59 PM

Statement from Joshua Simmons In Remembrance Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Today we honor Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and on this day, I wish to transport you to April 16th, 1963. Dr. King has been arrested for the 13th time and now sits in a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. King, along with many other civil rights activists had been arrested for “parading without a permit,” when in reality they were protesting and demonstrating against the unfair and unjust laws that enforced segregation in Birmingham.


Monday, January 22, 2018 12:58 PM

Statement Regarding Coral Springs Ban on Medical Marijuana Dispensing Organizations and Treatment Centers

I disagree with the decision that the current city commission made yesterday, voting 3-2 in favor of banning medical marijuana dispensing organizations and treatment centers. This is a disservice to our community, and I believe the issue should be re-visited. Part of what #ANewWayForward means is listening to the needs of our residents when it comes to solutions to chronic health and pain issues as well as providing the best and most healthy ways of dealing with horrible diseases such as cancer and Parkinson's. As a community, we need to be here for each other, and as City Commissioner I will work everyday to uphold this principle.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017 10:57 AM

Statement from Joshua Simmons, Candidate for Coral Springs City Commission, Proposes a New Way Forward With Incremental Tax Plan

The proposal of a tax increase in our city has divided many of us. At the end of the day, I believe that we all want to ensure that Coral Springs remains a city that offers exceptional services to its residents and remains affordable to those families who have grown their roots here. This goal should be met with an incremental tax increase...


Thursday, June 8, 2017 12:00 AM

Broward County Teacher Announces Run for Coral Springs City Commissioner

A Broward County Public School teacher, and city volunteer, has announced that he will be running for Coral Springs City Commission in 2018.

Joshua Simmons, 29, said he will be running for seat four, currently held by Commissioner Lou Cimaglia.
He said when he decided to run, he didn’t necessarily pick a person to run against.


“I’m not running against anyone,” he said. “I’m running for something. I’m running for what I believe in.”


Thursday, May 25, 2017 10:47 AM

Campaign Announcement!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 24, 2017 

Contact:

Alissa Jean Schafer, alissajeanschafer@gmail.com954-734-3773        

 

Community Leader and Educator Joshua Simmons Releases Campaign Video Announcing Candidacy for Coral Springs City Commission, Seat 4

 

Coral Springs, Fla. – Ready to turn his love of the city into public service, Coral Springs resident Joshua Simmons is excited to announce that he is running for Coral Springs City Commission, Seat 4 with a short video, now live on his campaign’s Facebook page.  “Having lived, worked, studied, and volunteered in Coral Springs over the years, I am motivated to help this beautiful city move forward in a positive direction,” said Simmons. “Coral Springs has grown over the years and is on the verge of being the jewel of Northwest Broward. However, before we can get there, I believe our City needs a slight course correction. It will be my mission, as Commissioner, to lead that journey, and this mission is why I have chosen ‘A New Way Forward’ as my campaign slogan”

 

Simmons moved to Coral Springs in 2011 to help raise his sister while his single mother served in the United States Navy, becoming his sister’s legal guardian at the age of 22. After earning his Bachelors of Art in Political Science at Florida Atlantic University and successfully completing his Masters in Psychology, Simmons chose to stay in Coral Springs, working as a mental health therapist before taking a position as a Broward County Public School Teacher at Pompano Beach Middle School. He will teach at Coral Springs High beginning Fall of 2017.

 

Citing the importance of strong local economy and resident inclusion, Simmons pledges to strengthen Coral Springs though smart development decisions that will allow Coral Springs to become a hub for vibrant local businesses, successful schools, and healthy families. “It is important that we work to protect resident’s property values and take proactive measures to revitalize our city and neighborhoods,” Simmons stated. “A strong economy is the backbone to support quality education, programs for senior citizens, and a higher standard of living for our residents. Students should feel safe in their schools and neighborhoods, businesses should strive to have a Coral Springs location, and families should be proud to live here.”

 

“One of the beautiful things about Coral Springs is the city’s emphasis on volunteerism. Over the years this has inspired me to get involved as a resident and I currently serve on the Customer Involved Government Committee, Martin Luther King Jr Committee, the Multicultural Committee and the Broward County Human Rights Board. I also enjoy volunteering at the many city events that Coral Springs hosts each year, such as the Coral Springs Festival of the Arts and Worldfest,” said Simmons. “I’ve seen first hand all that Coral Springs has to offer, and it is my pledge to do all that I can to achieve that potential.

 

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About Joshua Simmons: Coral Springs resident, volunteer, and local educator. Joshua Simmons is a candidate for Coral Spring City Commission Seat 4 in November 2018. He currently serves on Customer Involved Government Committee, Martin Luther King Jr Committee, the Multicultural Committee and the Broward County Human Rights Board and is a Broward County Public School teacher. Learn more at www.electjoshuasimmons2018.com.

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