News from Representative Soto

   

Dear Friend,

During the August District Work Period, I traveled around Central Florida and visited every corner of our wonderful District 9. From touring our local schools, to farms and state park visits, to roundtables, town halls, and meetings in all 5 of my district offices, constituents from all counties shared their concerns about healthcare coverage, our environmental and agricultural challenges, and our broken immigration system. I am reenergized and ready to return to Washington today and continue fighting for you!

Florida's District 9 is blessed with hardworking Floridians who contribute immensely to our community. I know it has been a tough year and we have faced many unfortunate national and local tragedies, but together, let’s continue to build on all the progress we’ve made in Central Florida.

Remember, I am here to serve you. To learn more about what I am working on, sign up for my newsletter and follow me on social media through the links below. I hope you continue to stay in touch with me by visiting my congressional website and contacting my offices. 

Sincerely,

Darren Soto
Member of Congress


 REPRESENTING YOU!

My August summer days were long and full of energy. On August 11, I met with the Coral Reef Task Force in South Florida and learned about the damage climate change is causing to our beautiful Florida Barrier Reef. I encourage you to watch "Chasing Coral" on Netflix to learn more. 

I also toured Chapman's Ranch in Osceola County to see how the "farm to fork" cattle and blueberry operations work -and wow- we are lucky to have the most delicious berries in the country produced right here in Central Florida!

It was an absolute pleasure to visit the Celebration Firefighters, Central Florida Health Center, Prescriptions Unlimited, St. Cloud Village Apartments, the Orlando Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, UPS, and the Winter Haven Theater this month. Thank you for having me!

SCHOOL VISITS

We have incredible educators in our district; our future in Florida is bright thanks to them and their dedication to our students! This month I visited Eastside Elementary in Haines City, Central Avenue Elementary and Mill Creek Elementary in Kissimmee, the University of Florida's Lake Nona IFAS & Pharmacy School, and the Orange Technical College's Mid-Florida Campus. Keep up the great work, students and teachers!

ROUNDTABLES

Zika & Infectious Diseases Roundtable: Just this past year, 114 Zika travel related cases have been reported in Florida alone. I joined my colleague Rep. Stephanie Murphy, doctors from the CDC, professors from UCF, and experts from the Florida Department of Health to discuss how we can prevent the spread and keep informed about the risks of Zika and other infectious diseases.

Addressing Women’s Issues: On August 26, we celebrated Women's Equality Day. Earlier this month, I hosted a women's roundtable with women leaders in our area, along with former Colorado Rep. Pat Schroeder, now a constituent in Central Florida. We discussed the issues affecting our community, specifically the work we have to do to ensure equal work for equal pay, affordable child care, and fair paid family leave in Florida.

DREAMers Luncheon: On Friday, August 25, I met with six Central Florida DACA recipients over lunch for an emotional discussion about the students’ personal immigration stories and the difficulties they would face if the DACA program were terminated. Join me. Together, we can #ProtectDreamers.

TOWN HALLS

Osceola County School Board Forum: Jay Wheeler, the Osceola County School Board Member for District 1, and I, hosted a community forum to provide updates and listen to the community's priorities for the upcoming school year. Thank you to all residents and local and state officials who participated!

Lake Hatchineha & Kissimmee River: I hosted a meeting to address the low water levels in Lake Hatchineha and the Kissimmee River restoration projects on  August 14th in the City Hall Commission Chambers of Haines City. A special thanks to the South Florida Water Management District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for attending and addressing citizens’ concerns on the projects.

Latino Town Hall: On Thursday, August 24, I hosted the first-ever bilingual town hall to discuss pressing issues affecting the Hispanic community in Central Florida. Click here to view the Facebook Live. Thank you to the Ana G Mendez University for hosting us and the nine organizations that co-sponsored this event! 

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