Mary Lou Ambrose officially declares for State House race, will challenge Rep. Larry Ahern

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Mary Lou Ambrose announces her candidacy for the Florida House of Representatives, District 66.

Mary Lou is a small business owner, attorney, certified mediator and insurance agent. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing and her Juris Doctor from Rutgers, in Camden, New Jersey.

 “I’m running to restore faith in our government.  Rick Scott Republicans have hijacked the great State of Florida, with their assault on woman, teachers, first responders, State employees, colleges and universities, the middle class and the environment.  We, as Floridians must make our representatives accountable for their actions.  If they refuse to be held accountable, then we need to make swift changes because they clearly do not represent us – the voters. ”

“I want to make sure we pass on the promise of a better future to the generations that follow us. My focus will be on creating jobs, keeping government out of our bedrooms, fostering improved quality and access to healthcare, and improving education,” said Ambrose.

What people are saying about Mary Lou:

“As we prepare our state for the challenges of the future, Mary Lou Ambrose represents the kind of sound leadership and policies Floridians deserve.” – Alex Sink

“I am happy to support Mary Lou Ambrose’s candidacy.  Her small business background and thoughtful approach to the issues will serve Pinellas well and provide a sharp contrast to Larry Ahern’s Tea Party agenda.” – Rep. Rick Kriseman.

“As a former State Legislator, I know that Mary Lou Ambrose has the strength, thoughtfulness and intelligence to vote in the best interest of the citizens who elect her.  She will NOT be a puppet for leadership.” – Janet Long.

Mary Lou is a married mother of four, stepmother of three and grandmother of eight.  She has been married to Joe Barkley for 31 years and is a resident of Bellair Bluffs in Pinellas County.

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