Andrew is a Navy veteran of ten years running to serve the community he grew up in the legislature. He has served as an officer in the US Navy for 10 years and on three Middle East deployments. He has led boarding missions against Somali pirates, served as an assistant chief engineer on a deployed warship, and led planning against ISIS in Iraq, Yemen and Syria. He currently serves as a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy Reserve with Special Operations Command Central out of Tampa’s MacDill AFB.
After his last deployment, Andrew opened GradePower Learning Valrico. As an education advocate and a small business owner, he works directly with local teachers and families, and has seen the education and resource disparities that exist in Hillsborough County, one of largest school districts in the country. During the COVID-19 crisis, Andrew successfully converted 90% of his business online so that he could continue to serve the students and families while keeping them and his staff safe.
Andrew is a veteran, education advocate, and small business owner who understands the unique needs of his community. He will push for solutions that expand access to healthcare and education for Floridians and transition investments toward green jobs and tech industry that will make Florida more competitive and environmentally friendly.