Candidate Profile
Melissa Howard

Republican , Florida


Melissa Howard
State Rep., Dist 73

Panel Rating

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Florida Chamber of Commerce

Reported by Candidate

Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez Cantera, County Commisionner Vanessa Baugh, Former Fl Senator Pat Neal, Manatee County Planning Commussioner Mike Rahn, BIA

Selected Contributions


Bill Shuster, Donald Trump, Greg Steube, Joe Gruters, Vern Buchanan







Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.


It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.

Strongly Disagree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree

Any teaching to children on sex education in public schools must include all contraceptive methods, and should not show preference to abstinence.

Strongly Disagree

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Strongly Disagree

The state constitution should limit the growth of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.


Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Strongly Agree

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."

Strongly Disagree

I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Disagree

I support the death penalty.

Strongly Agree

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree

Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.

Strongly Agree

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Strongly Agree

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

2010 General Election, 2012 General Election, 2014 General Election, 2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Life of the mother is in danger, incest

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

It was done to ensure limited Government control in our lives. They are separate and limited to prevent the abuse of power by the different branches of government.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I’m Jewish, and believe all things were created by God, therefore upon him all mankind are equally dependent, and to him they are equally responsible. I captained a Judeo-Christian mission trip to Israel 2 years ago. It was life changing to stand in the holy land and feel God’s presence take over my body at the wailing wall. My family honors Shabbat and Jewish family life. We are very involved with the Jewish Federation. I have very high morals and live my life with integrity. I love our President for moving our Embassy to Jerusalem.

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Very Conservative

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

You can google my name and several news articles, and to see the many events I have chaired. I was also on abc7 rountable 3 times representing the Conservative viewpoint for the Republican Party.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Support apprenticeships, trade schools, dual-enrollment for technical colleges in high-school, work for welfare and unemployment- no money without work for all able bodied people, enforce e-verify to rid the workforce of illegal immigration.

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

We must have a free market. Sell insurance across state lines, let the consumer decide what coverage they want to purchase, not the government. No emergency room should be required to treat people with non-life threatening illness. We must push people to clinics. The majority of uninsured people that are treated in the ER dont need to be there, yet can’t be turned away as the law currently stands.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

The government should focus on keeping taxes low, common sense regulations, and a skilled labor force. Free market principles ensure a robust economy.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

I am the only candidate that has actually created a job, signed a paycheck, employs people, runs a company. I have 20 years of management and operations experience. I was the chapter president of the largest provider of technical school training in the world. I manage 17 rental properties. I have served on 6 local non-profit boards. I have raised 2.3 million dollars for local non-profits chairing 12 events. I deal with local law enforcement and schools as a court appointed guardian ad litem. Women represent 51.5% of the registered voters in my district, yet 18% of current republician house members are women. I am the only female conservative running the the surrounding 5 districts that represent Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

I am a God fearing, fiscal and social conservative who is a mother, wife, business owner who employees 5 full-time employees, a community leader and servant. I have spent thousands of hours volunteering in our community. I come from parents with a GED education. I worked very hard to achieve the American Dream. I am not an attorney looking to gain business for myself or my law firm. A main reason I am running is to represent small business owners, who create 2 out of every 3 jobs in Florida. We are vastly underrepresented in Tallahassee. We need less lawyers and more solutions oriented, results driven people in all branches in Government.


  • Miami of Ohio, Oxford, Oh, Marketing, 1994
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Ort, Past President
  • Temple Emanu-el Sisterhood Board, Ways and means Chair
  • Junior League, 2 time board member
  • Florida Federation of Republican women, President, local Chapter
  • Easter Seals, Board Member
  • Jewish Federation of Srq-manatee, Chaired 5 events, graduate of 9 month leadership
  • Southeastern Guide Dogs, Advisory Board
  • Guardian Ad Litem, 5 years checkingvin foster children
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