State House District 86

Laurel S. Bennett

  • Party nominating: Republican
  • City: Royal Palm Beach
  • Family: Married, one child
  • Education: Master's degree
  • M.B.A., American Inter Continental University
  • B.S., Computer Science, Florida Atlantic University
  • A.A. (Associate in Arts), Palm Beach Community Community College
    • Recent Job: CEO, PHR Solutions 2011-Present
  • CEO, PHR Solutions 2011-Present
  • Jupiter Medical Center 2009-2011
  • Project Manager and Sr. Analyst, McKesson Provider Technologies, 2007-2008
  • Solutions Consultant, Bethesda Memorial Hospital, 2005-2007
  • Martin Memorial Hospital, 2003-2005
  • Independent Software Tester and Volunteer at Son’s School 2000-2003
  • Sr. Product Developer, CommerceQuest 1999-2000
  • Contract Software Engineer, Aerotek 1997-1999
  • Several Engineering Positions, Pratt & Whitney 1985-1997
  • Contributions reported

    Last updated: Oct. 31, 2016. Details.

    Previous races


    Mayor of Royal Palm Beach (2012)

    Other Political Experience

  • Government Affairs and Economic Development Committee Member, Central Chamber of the Palm Beaches (2011- 2014)
  • Should state lawmakers pass laws banning gun sales to people on federal terror watchlists and making police share info in background checks?
    Yes! However, the lists that that FBI had was not utilized very well so the connectivity between the agencies, such as the FBI, CIA, NSA etc needs to be enhanced. Additionally, those lists should not be allowed to be scrubbed by an executive order either.
    Should the Legislature pass civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination against LGBT Floridians at work, in housing, restaurants and hotels?
    I think everyone, regardless of race, color, creed, sexual preference should be protected as part of the human race but to provide special interests groups, additional protection, is not needed if we do what we are all ready supposed to do and have laws in place for. The rights of .02% of the population should not negate the rights of the 99.98% of the population.
    Should lawmakers delay using the Florida Standards Assessments for evaluating schools and teachers until there's more confidence in the test?
    YES! At the lowest level, we are catering to the FCAT and Common Core and have walked away from teaching the basic core elements of: reading, writing and arithmetic. Learning how to think for themselves or analyze is a lost art. We have catered to the "No child left behind" program and forgot to encourage our gifted students, who should be our future leaders ( not the child struggling to chose their lunch). We see the results as the students graduate high school reading at the 8th grade level and the retaking of the tests. Charter school students score a 3 or better on the FCAT reading, math and science tests vs. traditional public schools. Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, states will be required to hold schools accountable for much more than just test scores. They will have to consider at least one factor that gets at school quality, such as teacher engagement, student engagement, or access to and success in advanced coursework.
    Is giving economic incentive money to firms willing to move to Florida a good way to expand and attract companies that create jobs?
    Yes. Pratt and Whitney moved their commercial business to Connecticut many years ago because of the incentives and tax breaks. We lost thousands of dollars in our local economy because of this. They have just moved their offices back to PBG. Lets bring more companies back that have pay the higher salaries and not just low paying salaries.
    Are there government records or meetings subject to public disclosure that should be exempt from Florida’s government-in-the-sunshine laws?
    Yes. HOA meetings in which an approved activity has to begin and the paperwork to record it costs more than the actual work.

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    Matt Willhite

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