"I am the proud daughter of a World War II veteran who was awarded the Silver Star and 5 Battle Stars. My dad left for war without a high school diploma, but used the GI Bill to receive a college education and law degree. He owned a small law practice for over 50 years, and ran for State Representative in 1962. My mother taught in our public schools and raised six children. Both were born in Florida, attending Stetson University and public schools. They taught me honor, citizenship and to value my community."