Youth Organizer and Policy Advocate, Sheena Meade, Announces Candidacy for Florida House District 46
Orlando, FL – Determined to infuse new ideas and energy into the Florida House of Representatives, Orlando area student, activist, and mother, Sheena Meade, recently filed to run for Florida House District 46. In a quest that would make her the youngest African-American woman in central Florida elected to the Florida House of Representatives, the 33-year-old seeks to unseat the District 46 incumbent so she can focus on improving early childhood education, increasing home ownership within the district, supporting classroom teachers, and ensuring that the district prioritize school spending directly on students and classrooms.
The 20-year veteran activist and community organizer was born into a labor union family and learned early on the importance of receiving a livable wage, having adequate health insurance, and the need for paid sick leave. Meade is also able to connect with the needs of the community drawing from her experience as a teenage mother and one-time single mom of four young black sons and one daughter.
The wife of Desmond Meade, an ex-con-turned-attorney who is leading efforts to restore voting rights to almost two million disfranchised Floridians, Sheena Meade has first-hand knowledge of the challenges and impact of felon disfranchisement policies and other policies that hinder successful reentry due to barriers that make it harder for formerly incarcerated people to find adequate housing and employment. The former coordinator of Florida Black Youth Vote! recognizes the role criminal justice reform can play in increasing public safety, and the fact that a significant number of District 46 residents face these challenges on a daily basis.
Says Meade, “The public is frustrated with the same-old politics dominated by the same-old elected officials. I feel passionate about bringing new ideas and energy into the Florida House of Representatives. I can relate to the daily challenges of everyday citizens in Florida and I will fight for policies that will create opportunities for those people. I am also passionate about being a positive influence in the lives of the young people of District 46. I want to give them a reason to vote.”
To donate, volunteer or find more information visit www.sheenameade.com or connect with her on Facebook: sheenameadedistrict46 twitter: @sheena_meade.