Corry Westbrook for United States Congress District FL-8

Hi, I am Corry Westbrook and for over a decade I have worked to protect Florida's greatest treasure and most important economic driver: its environment. Now, I am running for Congress because it’s time we had a representative who cares about solutions for Florida families, not about rhetoric. I am running to improve the lives of the people of the 8th district and to ensure that every Floridian has a voice at the table.

 

I spent most of my youth in Florida, attending public schools and working in both the nonprofit and private sector. Growing-up in Florida made me committed to the issues so important to the families of the 8th district: creating jobs while protecting our environment and bringing common-sense solutions to stop the gridlock in Congress.

 

I will fight for a balanced budget plan that closes corporate tax loopholes while protecting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. I will work to protect women's rights and to ensure that women’s concerns are no longer second-class issues in Congress. I will also fight to increase transparency on Capitol Hill and to stop special interests from buying politicians and votes at the expense of the middle class.

Meet The Candidate

Corry Westbrook was raised in Orlando, Florida where she established her hard-working middle class value system and found her appreciation for nature and the environment.  She’s taken those values to Washington, D.C., working to ensure the planet our children inherit is as good or better than the one we were given.  She has worked with a wide variety of people with different world and political views to collaborate and deliver results that matter.

Corry Westbrook has spent most of her professional career in Washington, D.C. working to make the air cleaner, the water safer, and protecting our native wildlife.  She has done this as a public servant, working grassroots throughout the south, and in the halls of Congress.  Along the way she honed her persuasion skills while working with groups and individuals with varying positions and approaches.

Corry ran for Congress in Florida’s 8th district in the 2013-2014 cycle. Throughout the race she personally managed all elements of the campaign resulting in the collection of 5,128 certified registered voter petitions.  She also raised $171,000 - more money than any Democratic candidate in the district in over a decade; generated successful press outreach; enhanced social networking through Twitter and Facebook; spoke at numerous events; and hired and managed full-time staff and a team of dedicated volunteers. She also brought together a diverse coalition representing all political parties and various stakeholders throughout the Space and Treasure Coasts, Florida, Washington, DC and across the country in support of her campaign. However she submitted required paperwork late to the Florida Division of Elections in Tallahassee and did not qualify to be on the ballot. As a first-time candidate she learned many valuable lessons.

Corry Westbrook has qualified for the November 2016 ballot and is running against Bill Posey to represent the 8th district in the U.S. Congress.

Corry will use her extensive policy and legislative knowledge of Congress to the benefit of all residents of Florida’s 8th district. Corry has first-hand experience writing and moving legislation through the complicated maze that is the U.S. Congress and she helped pass legislation that directly benefited Florida. Equally important, Corry also knows how to block harmful legislation. She has worked extensively with federal agencies, including Council for Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to ensure legislation becomes useful regulations.

Corry has worked to protect the Indian River Lagoon and has served on the Pelican Island Audubon Society (PIAS) board in Indian River County and the Marine Resources Council (MRC) board in Brevard County since fall of 2014. Working with PAIS, MRC and other community activists, Corry helped save some of the last remaining healthy seagrass in the lagoon by working to prevent the expansion of the Oslo boat ramp in Vero Beach. She also testified several times before local municipalities and organized rallies and press events to stop oil and gas exploration, known as seismic airgun testing, off Brevard coasts. At one time, Brevard County had more resolutions passed opposing seismic airgun testing than any other county in the blast zone. Due to her efforts, and thousands of others along the Atlantic coast, Florida is safe from oil and gas drilling through 2022.

Corry received the Pelican Island Audubon Society President’s award in March 2015 and the Bud and Eleanor Kleckner Award in March 2016 for her efforts.

In early 2016, Corry thought she was not going to run for Congress again. Since she ran for Congress promising to work to restore the Indian River Lagoon to health and protect the 8th district’s environment, she donated her remaining campaign funds to Pelican Island Audubon Society, Marine Resources Council and ORCA to continue their efforts to save the lagoon. However, due to changing political dynamics, Corry decided to run and qualified to be on the ballot in November 2016.

Corry currently works part-time for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).  WWF is the world’s leading conservation organization, working in 100 countries and supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. Specifically, Corry is a Lead Specialist, Oceans Policy, working to safeguard healthy oceans and marine livelihoods by preventing illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Previously, Corry Westbrook worked for Oceana, the largest conservation organization in the world dedicated entirely to protecting the oceans. As Federal Policy Director, she created and managed federal policy and legislation for Oceana. Many of the issues she worked on are very important to the 8th district: fisheries management, stopping harmful new oil and gas leasing, mitigating ocean acidification, increasing clean, renewable energy off shore, eliminating foreign government subsidies for commercial fishing, and protecting endangered wildlife. Corry worked with members of Congress, Administration officials, fishermen, the conservation community, activists, and other stakeholders to move legislation and policies forward to protect our oceans.

Before joining Oceana, Corry served as Legislative Director for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), where she worked with sportsmen, federal and state agencies and other partners to save wildlife across America and in iconic places like the Florida Everglades National Park. She also worked on climate and energy legislation, Clean Water Act campaigns and to increase funding for the National Wildlife Refuge System nationwide, including the four in the 8th district.

Corry was a contributing author to the book Cane Toads and Other Rogue Species, and served as NWF’s liaison with the Department of Defense.  In 2005, she wrote a report entitled “Under Siege:  Invasive Species on Military Bases” which explains how invasive species impede military training and readiness. The report was used as a resource guide for training new military installation natural resource managers.

Prior to joining NWF, Corry was a Regional Grassroots Coordinator for the National Audubon Society, managing an eight-state region that included Florida. Before moving into the nonprofit sector, she worked as a public servant, both at the Environmental Protection Agency as a Policy Analyst in the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer on the island of Nevis in the Eastern Caribbean.

Corry holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, with a minor in Biology, from Florida International University and a Master’s degree in Environmental and Natural Resource Policy from the George Washington University.

Corry grew up in Orlando and attended public schools, including Maitland Junior High, Winter Park High School and Valencia Community College.  She moved to Vero Beach in 1995 and has traveled back and forth between Vero Beach and Washington, D.C. ever since.  In 1996, Corry had the opportunity to run with the Olympic Torch in Indian River County when she was selected as a “community hero.”

Corry has run 14 marathons in various cities throughout the U.S. and abroad, including Washington, D.C., Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Portland, New Orleans, Edinburgh, Prague and Paris. She is currently registered to run the Space Coast Marathon, as part of the Big Bang Series, in November 2016. Corry has traveled to all seven continents and visited all 50 states. She loves adventures and has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and hiked the Inca Trail in Peru.

 

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