Margaret Good knows we deserve a representative who understands that solving our community’s challenges takes more than three-word slogans and partisan name-calling. That means changing the kind of people we send to Washington. We need a representative who will listen to people, work hard, and do the right thing; even when it means working with those you don’t always agree with or standing up to your own party. That’s what Margaret’s done in the Florida House, and that’s what she’ll do in Congress.
As a state representative, Margaret has built a reputation as a legislator who reaches across the aisle to find solutions to help Florida’s working families by reducing health care costs, investing in our public education and university systems, and protecting Florida’s fragile environment, recognizing the important role our environment plays in our economy.
Margaret learned the value of service and of bringing communities together from her family. Her mother is a retired nurse and her father, a fourth generation Floridian, was an Episcopal priest whose ministry took the family to small towns all across the south. She also comes from a military family. Her uncle fought and died in Vietnam and her great grandfather and grandfather fought in World Wars I and II, respectively. Her family taught her the value of putting service to others above oneself. After college, she put her values to work at the United Way where she focused on helping families achieve financial stability and gain access to health care and early childhood education programs. There, she gained critical experience reaching common ground between business leaders, local governments, schools, and faith organizations. Margaret then worked at the Florida Agricultural Center and Horse Park, a vital economic development project linking commercial, environmental, and agricultural interests. Knowing she wanted to continue her service as a lawyer, Margaret attended the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where she served as editor of the Florida Law Review and graduated with honors. After law school, Margaret moved to Sarasota with her husband, Richard, and her dog, Barney, to build a life together. As an attorney at Matthews Eastmoore, Margaret has worked with businesses, individuals, and government entities to ensure the rights of members of our community are protected. Margaret knows we must end the partisan politics that hurt working families and do what’s right for a change. She will be a strong voice for each of the communities in the 16th district by building bridges and finding solutions to our most challenging problems. Margaret will bring the same work ethic and common sense leadership to Congress that has guided her as a non-profit leader, attorney, and legislator in order to make government work for our community.