Sept 15th - Lt Gov. Carlos Lopez- Cantera
Lieutenant governor energizes members of The Villages Tea Party
September 15, 2014 By Meta Minton
Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera with Aileen Milton of The Villages Tea Party.
Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera energized the faithful in a rousing speech Monday night to The Villages Tea Party at Savannah Center.
He quickly ticked off the accomplishments of his boss, Gov. Rick Scott, most importantly the creation of more than 600,000 jobs under his watch.
And he said the governor made a common sense decision to cut taxes.
“Gov. Scott recogizes that if you give $1 to a hardworking family, they know how to turn it into $2. Government knows how to take $1 and turn it into 50 cents,” he said.
He said Scott took decisive action at a time when Florida sorely needed it.
“Leadership matters,” Lopez-Cantera said.
“This election is going to be a choice between someone who talks a lot, and someone who takes action,” he said.
He said Scott’s leadership is a stark contrast to the lack of leadership he said Charlie Crist showed when he occupied the governor’s mansion.
Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair, left, with the lieutenant governor and Lt. Louis Pulford.
“He didn’t care about being governor. The first two years he tried to be vice president. The second two years, he tried to be a U.S. Senator,” the lieutenant governor told the crowd.
But he said, winning won’t be easy and will require the volunteer efforts of groups like The Villages Tea Party.
He said thus far the Scott campaign has knocked on 1 million doors and called 1.5 million homes. That far exceeds the numbers the Mitt Romney presidential campaign put up in 2012, he added.
State Sen. Alan Hays, who served in the Legislature with Lopez-Cantera, echoed the lieutenant governor’s sense of urgency.
“It’s not just important that we get Rick Scott re-elected. It is imperative,” Hays said.
Members of The Villages Tea Party pose for a photo with Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera.
Carlos Lopez-Cantera is the 19th Lieutenant Governor of Florida
He was born in Madrid, Spain
Lopez-Cantera graduated from Miami-Dade College and continued his studies at the University of Miami, where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration.
From 2004 through 2012, Carlos served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives. He served as Majority Whip from 2009 through 2010 and as Majority Leader of the Florida House of Representatives during the final two years of his term from 2010 through 2012.
In August 2012, the citizens of Miami-Dade County elected Carlos Lopez-Cantera as the Property Appraiser of Miami-Dade County.
Carlos Lopez-Cantera was appointed as Lieutenant Governor on January 14, 2014, and officially began serving on February 3, 2014. He is the first Hispanic to hold this position in Florida.
Carlos is married and has two young daughters.