U.S. House District 18
Democrats

Randy Perkins

  • Marital Status: Married
  • Education: Some college
  • Miami Coral Park High School
    • Recent Job: Founder and CEO, AshBritt Inc., 1993-2016

    Previous races

    This candidate has not previously run for office.

    Other Political Experience

  • Board of Directors; Best Buddies (2005 - 2010)
  • Board of Directors and Co-Founder of Lauren’s Kids
  • Should Congress pass a law requiring background checks for gun purchases made at gun shows, over the Internet or between private individuals?
    I’m a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment and I believe people have a fundamental constitutional right to arm themselves and protect their families. While the rights of responsible gun owners must be protected, we need to do more to keep guns, especially assault weapons, out of the hands of those who suffer with mental health issues or have a history of criminal activity. We must do more to restrict access to assault weapons designed to kill in mass. Like the vast majority of Americans (including responsible gun owners) I support closing gun show loopholes and expanding background checks to prevent dangerous weapons from getting into the wrong hands.
    Do you favor a pathway to legal status or citizenship for any of the estimated 11 million people who are in the U.S. illegally?
    We must recognize that we are a country of immigrants. For our entire history, there have been people coming here in pursuit of a better life. Any rhetoric suggesting we simply remove these people from our country is impractical and irresponsible. Our economy is dependent on workers who aren't citizens, removing 12 million people, would have devastating effects on our economy. We must strengthen and secure our borders and better enforce existing immigration laws, while finding a way to help productive, law-abiding people remain working in our country. We need to promote plans that bring these folks into our economy and out of the shadows. They should be paying income tax and given the ability to work legally. A plan similar to this, which I support, was passed in the US Senate by 67 senators but was held up in the house. This would have addressed many of the pressing issues our immigration system faces today and also reduced our debt by more than $900 billion.
    Aside from about 300 Special Forces troops now assisting in Syria, are more U.S. ground troops needed to defeat ISIS?
    The decision to send our bravest young people into combat and to put their lives at risk should never be made lightly. We should always look to exhaust all other options and only send troops in when absolutely necessary. I’m currently not privy to the intelligence reports and information available to those in Congress. When in Congress, I will heed the advice of our military and intelligence personnel. Our troops must be the strongest and best equipped fighting force on the planet, so that when they are sent into harms way, they are fully prepared.
    Do you favor repeal of the Affordable Care Act?
    No. While no law is perfect, the Affordable Care act has made important strides, today, more than 28 Million people have insurance that did not before. The law also allowed young people to stay on their parent’s insurance until they are 26, ensured no one can now be denied health insurance because of a pre-existing medical condition, and provided free preventive services to all women. Health insurance plans have added eight women's health benefits because of the law, in areas including breastfeeding, contraception, domestic violence, gestational diabetes, HIV screening and counseling, sexual transmitted infection treatment, and wellness visits. Unfortunately, in the journey to pass the Affordable Care Act there were simply too many compromises and complications that hinder its effectiveness. While Congress has passed a few positive updates to allow small businesses more flexibility, we need to continue reforming it until it works well for everyone.
    Do you support higher payroll taxes to extend the life of Social Security beyond 2034 and Medicare beyond 2028?
    I will protect the promises that we have made to our seniors and fight against anything that threatens Social Security and Medicare. Millions of hard-working Americans have paid into the system; they deserve their benefits. Remember, this is not the government’s money! Social Security is the most successful earned benefit program in America’s history and has kept millions of seniors out of poverty. Congress must stop pilfering Social Security funded bond revenue. While solvent until the year 2030, we need to find ways to preserve it without cutting benefits or raising the retirement age. When I needed to reduce costs in my business, I didn’t cut my employee's salaries and benefits. We need to stop using money paid into the system as a slush fund. Before we consider raising taxes, let's work on eliminating the waste and inefficiencies prevalent throughout the federal government.

    Competitors for this race

    John (Juan) Xuna

    Jonathan Chane

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