Heather Beaven launches Congressional campaign

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Heather Beaven, Navy veteran and CEO of The Florida Endowment Foundation for Florida’s Graduates, today announced her intention to run for Congress in Florida’s new 6th Congressional District.

“Florida’s Sixth Congressional District deserves a member of Congress who understands what hard working families and our seniors are going through and wants to put people ahead of the special interests”, said Heather Beaven. “We must create jobs, focus on a world-class education for our kids and protect our seniors. It is the only way we can honor our commitment to our children, our parents and warriors. Whether you’re a Mom or Dad, Veteran or Serving, Unemployed or Small Business Owner; the truth is only when Americans work does America prosper.” said Beaven.

During Operation Desert Storm, Heather Beaven served as a cryptologist for the Navy. For her service she was awarded a Navy Achievement Medal, and was appointed as the Command Training Petty Officer. Heather was selected by President Bill Clinton to serve on the USS Kinkaid, a Spruance-class Destroyer, making her one of 10 of the first female sailors to set sail on a combat-ready vessel.

“Every generation of my family has served since the American Revolution, and as a Navy Veteran and a proud Army wife, I want to continue serving my country.  While people are struggling to make ends meet and have been forced to tighten family budgets, our leaders in Washington have prioritized partisan bickering over problem solving. We need leaders who are laser-focused on getting this economy back on track by making the right investments in education and working to create good-paying jobs.”

After leaving the Navy, Beaven graduated from the University of Missouri and the University of North Florida with a Masters of Public Administration. In 1997, at the age of twenty-eight, she was appointed by Kansas Governor Bill Graves, to oversee the Workforce Investment Act, Veteran Employment and Training Services, and other labor and workforce training programs.

“The issues we are facing aren’t Republican or Democratic, they are American issues. People of every belief need one thing to stake their claim on the American dream and that’s a job. No invisible line down an aisle on the floor of Congress trumps our first allegiance as one nation,” stated Beaven. “Washington is broken, and politicians who put special interests and partisanship before people are a big part of the problem.  Florida deserves more.  As the next member of Congress, I will make job creation and economic development my first, second and third priorities.   Instead of protecting tax breaks for the ultra rich and ending Medicare, we have to make the right investments to give our young people the tools to succeed, strengthen the middle class, and ensure that our country honors its commitment to seniors.  In the coming months, I look forward to sharing my ideas with people across the district about moving Florida forward,” Beaven concluded.

“Heather Beaven has honorably served our country and will be a strong fighter for the middle class families of northeast Florida,” said Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith. “Floridians are tired of the failed leadership and Tea party extremism from the Republican congress, and they’re ready for a fresh voice with common sense solutions to grow our economy and help businesses create jobs. Heather is a proven leader with a record of service — and she’ll bring that same commitment to service to Washington. We’re confident she’ll have the resources she needs to win, and Heather’s announcement puts the 6th district squarely in play.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.