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Meet the Candidates: Florida's Jennifer Webb


Not everyone in the Sunshine State believe climate change is real. Jennifer Webb is definitely not one of those people.

The Victory Fund is working to elect dozens of LGBT candidates to higher office and we're featuring the stories of several of these men and women as the election nears.

Florida needs more people like Jennifer Webb. A committed environmentalist, Webb is keenly aware that climate change is affecting the country, and especially the Sunshine State.

Webb -- a Democrat in Pinellas County, which includes St. Petersburg -- is hoping to unseat Republican incumbent Kathleen Peters in the state House of Representatives. Currently working as the director of community partnerships at the University of South Florida, Webb has honed her negotiating skills and developed a passion for saving the planet; her loud proclamations for action have nabbed her endorsements not only from the Victory Fund but also the Sierra Club.

"I will fight to reverse the harmful effects of our current environmental policies. I will vote to ban fracking, and to invest in our infrastructure," Webb said, according to a St. Petersburg blog. "I will work with local leaders to implement sustainable growth and advocate for statewide plans for mitigation and adaptation to sea level rise."

At 36, Webb has other views consistent with those of young Gen Xers; she supports gun control, marijuana legalization, and affordable health care. Ensuring mental health services is important to Webb since the issue touched her personally -- her sister ended her life in front of Webb and other members of her family.

Webb is married to teacher Cynthia Wurner and has said, "We would use the energy that it would take to raise children to help our community."

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