July 6, 2012
By: Citizens For A Better Florida
Without a doubt public employees – the human infrastructure of government – have become the convenient targets of attacks by many who have never served the public in any other capacity than that of state legislators. With little to no field experience on the intricacies of managing government they enact the laws that dictate funding critical to the delivery and future of public services.
Seeking to break from the status-quo, Dr. Robin Behrman wants to be elected as a member of the Florida House of Representatives. An educator for over 37 years, she is currently the principal of Bob Graham Education Center, a Miami-Dade County Public School, in Miami Lakes. Robin holds a Bachelors in Elementary Education, a Masters in Counseling Psychology, and Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership, and a Doctorate in Education.
During her tenure as principal, Robin has served on numerous School District committees and also is a member of a number of professional organizations. In addition, this past year, she was a nominee for Miami-Dade County Public Schools Principal of the Year.
Throughout her life, Robin has been involved in a multitude of extra-curricular and community service activities. She has been a volunteer with the South Florida Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and served as chapter president, vice-president, and Green Room Coordinator for the local production of the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon. Additional activities include Making Strides (American Cancer Society) Team Member, Sickle Cell Anemia Walk, PTSA member, Hands-On Broward participant, Awake Broward participant, and University of Florida Alumni Association and Broward County Gator Club member, to name a few.
District 104 is a newly drawn District that encompasses the cities of Weston, western Davie, Southwest Ranches and western Pembroke Pines. Although there is no incumbent, beside Robin there are three other candidates running (an insurance salesman, a substitute teacher previously elected to the Broward Co. Drainage Board, and a local attorney).
The breakdown of registered voters in District 104 is as follows:
Gender: Female 54% – Male 46%
Race/Ethnic: Anglo Americans 49% – Hispanic 32% – Afro-American 10% – Other 9%
Party: Democrat 43% – Republican 30% – NPA 24% – Independent 1% – Other 2%
With a passion for education, Robin felt it was important for someone to step up and fight for our children and their families. She also is an advocate for our seniors and for quality healthcare for all. As a school principal, she believes that she is a public servant, and knows what it takes to serve in the legislature. Even though these issues are important to her, the key to the campaign is that “It’s not about me, it’s all about we!” She feels that what is important to the voters is what should be the focus.
Robin has been married to her husband, Andy, for 39 years. Together they have lived in the District for over 26 years. They have two daughters, Jennifer, 35, and Allison, 33, a son-in-law, Andrew, and grandson Eli, 3, and granddaughter Ariana, 18 months. Supporting her along with her family are former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham and his wife, Mrs. Adele Graham and State Senator Eleanor Sobel. She has also received endorsements from the Florida AFL-CIO, Florida Education Association and the Florida Association of School Administrators and the Fraternal Order of Police, thus far.
Facing two Democrats as opponents in the primaries, Robin seeks to win the votes that will carry her onto the General Elections where she will face a Republican opponent. Beyond the primaries, Robin further seeks the privilege of being elected to the House of Representatives where she will leverage her knowledge and years of experience, as an accomplished educator, administrator and community leader, in setting herself apart from the majority and serving the interests of the citizens of District 104 and State of Florida.
For support, Robin can be reached at Robin@robinbehrman.com.
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