Background

I am a native Floridian and was born and raised in Fort Myers.  I am a graduate of Cypress Lake High School class of 1975.  I graduated from Barry University in 1998 with a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Business Studies and in 1999 I graduated from Barry University with a Master’s degree in Human Resources Development and Administration.

 

Why are you running?

I am running for re-election because I love my community and my city.  I have always been engaged in the needs and concerns of my community.   I have done a lot of positive improvements in the infrastructure, streets, sidewalks in the neighborhoods I serve.  Over 30 million dollars in the past 10 years have been spent in infrastructure improvements in the Ward 1 community.  I am proud that 8 of those years I have served.  I have a 9.5 million dollar improvement project on Michigan Avenue, Raleigh Street, High Street, and Billy Street that will also improve the Waste Water Treatment Plant, drainage, infrastructure, sidewalks and lighting.  Even though I am proud of my accomplishments I still have more I would like to see improved in the Ward 1 community.  I would like to see Economic Development along the Palm Beach Corridor.  Improve our parks in that area so our children will have a place to go.  I have included Billy Bowlegs Park on the capital Improvement plan, Shady Oaks Park and continue to improve upon the appearance of infrastructure throughout the communities.   I am concerned about the crime.  We will always have to fight crime but when we improve our depressed areas with Economic Development, Parks and Recreation for our Children, Jobs, Street Lights, Sidewalks and better Infrastructure it gives the community hope that someone cares about their needs and the crime becomes less and it will begin to take care of itself.  I am the best qualified candidate for Ward 1.

I work with people across all parties and [aim] to serve with integrity, honesty, commitment, and respect. I serve the people.”


I am an active member of Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church.  I retired with 35 years of service from Embarq/Centurylink Corporation.  I serve as Board  of Director, Policy Committee Member, Legislative Committee Member and Municipal Policy Committee for the Florida League of Cities.  I will receive the Home Rule Hero award for 2017 for my Legislative Advocacy in Tallahassee.  I serve as the 2nd Vice President of the Florida Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.  During my time in office I have aspired to higher learning in becoming a better informed elected official.  I have completed the Institute of Elected Municipal Officials, Advanced Elected Official Training, and the Institute for Civic Leadership.  I am also the President of the Southwest Florida League of Cities.  

 I believe in giving and doing my best.  I love people and I believe if we come together and work together we can do great things.


What are your five most important issues going into this election?

  1.  Economic Development
  2. Infrastructure Improvements
  3. Parks and Recreation Improvements
  4. Fighting for Home Rule and engaging in legislative issues that affect our local policies
  5. Crime and continued engagement with the community

 

What makes a Democratic candidate different from other candidates?

I am running in a non partisan race and I don’t engage in what party affiliation I am.  Even though I am a Democrat and have been a Democrat my entire life. I work with people across all parties and I do what I can to serve with integrity, honesty, commitment, and respect.  I am a servant of the people.

 

Civic Organizations

  1. Dementia Task Force/Lee Health
  2. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Community Service Organization and Delta Life Development Center
  3.  Lee County Black History Society
  4.  Edison Festival of Light
  5. Boys and Girls Club of Lee County

 

More information

https://www.facebook.com/teresa.watkinsbrown.1

twatkinsbrown@centurylink.net; 239-281-0198