HUDSON — Democrat Kimberly Walker has announced her candidacy for the Florida District 12 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Democrats are hoping to increase their majority in the House in the 2020 election.
That District 12 seat, which covers all of Pasco County and parts of northern Pinellas and northwestern Hillsborough counties, however, is held by U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, who was elected to the House in 2006 and has had little trouble being re-elected since. His father, former U.S. Rep. Michael Bilirakis, was elected to the House in 1982 and also had an easy path to re-election every two years, until he decided to leave the House in 2006.
Walker, as she notes in the press release announcing her candidacy, served in the U.S. Army and enlisted in the Florida National Guard after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Walker is a software engineer and received her bachelor’s degree in technology management from St. Petersburg College and her master’s in information technology from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Walker, a U.S. Defense Department contractor, says she is running for the U.S. House because she feels “we, as a nation, are going in the wrong direction.”
“Drug prices are steadily increasing as we look to our neighbors, Canada, that purchase the same drugs at significantly lower prices while Americans get struck with absurd prices,” Walker said. “Who is looking out for us?”
The candidate says the district needs a representative “who will put the interest of the people first and not what’s politically expedient.”
“The United States currently ranks 24th in the world when it comes to education,” Walker continues in her statement. “We have a teacher shortage due to low pay and, as technology continues to disrupt industry after industry, our educational system isn’t prepared for this technological transformation.
“That’s why we need people like me that have experience and understands how we can benefit but also how we must prepare for technology and the changes that it will being us.”
According to her campaign biography, Walker and her wife, Aliyat, have been together seven years and are the parents of one son and two daughters.
The Walker campaign website is kimberlyforcongress.com.