The daughter of Cuban exiles, Janelle Perez is a wife and mother at the forefront of the fight for equality. A cancer survivor and healthcare executive, she understands that we need to expand high-quality, affordable healthcare so no family goes bankrupt getting the care they need.
Born and raised in Miami, Janelle saw her parents become successful entrepreneurs after fleeing Castro’s dictatorship. Now, she’s running for State Senate to stand up for our values: freedom, equality, and opportunity.
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Growing up, Janelle saw her parents become successful entrepreneurs after fleeing Castro’s dictatorship. A cancer survivor, wife, and mother at the forefront of the fight for equality, she’s running for State Senate to fight for families in the community she’s always called home.
During her time in Washington, Janelle worked to secure federal funding for the Global Fund, the world’s largest health financier through her position at Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. After battling cancer, she joined her family in starting Doctors Healthcare Plans, a Medicare-managed care company that provides additional health insurance benefits to Miami-Dade seniors. From her personal and professional life, Janelle understands that we must take bold action to improve access to affordable, high-quality healthcare for all Floridians.
The daughter of Cuban exiles fleeing communism and successful entrepreneurs, Janelle understands that innovation and competition are at the heart of Florida’s economy. Janelle believes that by empowering, promoting, and incentivizing the entrepreneurial spirit in people they will create businesses, reinvest their earnings, and improve the quality of life within their own community. Janelle will fight to improve economic opportunities for small businesses and working families in Miami-Dade.
A proud member of South Florida’s vibrant LGBTQ community, Janelle knows that we need leaders who will champion equality for all Floridians. As a working mom, Janelle understands the sacrifice women often have to make for their family, and she will fight to expand opportunities for women in the workforce. Being the daughter of Cuban exiles she witnessed her family’s struggles on the path to success. Janelle will do everything she can to support minority-owned businesses which are the backbone to the economic success of our community.
Janelle has seen first hand the value of an education and believes it is a critical component to South Florida’s progress. As a mother, she knows that parents need more support and children thrive when investment in education is made early. Janelle believes public education should start as early as 3 years old and continue beyond the 12th grade. Janelle believes everyone deserves a chance for an affordable higher education or trade school. She will advocate for students not to be burdened with insurmountable debt just for trying to better their life, and encourage them to do so.
There is a double standard when it comes to women’s health. The cost of being a woman alone is significantly higher. Healthcare costs are higher and health insurance companies seem to cover more for men than they do for women. Janelle is a staunch supporter of a woman's right to choose, and a woman’s right to have access to any and all medical services. There has been progress in women’s rights, but we have so much more to go.
South Florida is our home, and we need to do all that we can to protect it for generations to come. Janelle will fight for funding for resiliency projects, accelerate our transition to renewable energy, and protect our precious natural resources and waterways. She believes that by harnessing the spirit of innovation, we can tackle the climate crisis and secure our future.
Janelle will defend the Second Amendment. Law-abiding citizens should have access to firearms for sport and self defense, but she believes that we need to address the consistent gun violence in Florida now. Janelle supports a ban on military-style assault rifles, increased background checks for every gun sold in the state of Florida, and a ban on modifications that increase the rate of fire. Much like driving a car requires a license, Janelle supports license requirements for owning a gun to keep our community safe.
The daughter of Cuban exiles who fled Castro’s communist dictatorship and became successful entrepreneurs, she is an advocate, policymaker, and small business owner.
Born and raised in Miami, Janelle knows what the South Florida community needs. Growing up Janelle has lived in West Kendall, Kendall, Miami Beach and Pinecrest. She has seen the growth of our community over the years. From spending hours in traffic, to having to find alternative routes due to flooding, and watching our beautiful beaches erode due to rising sea levels, Janelle has lived it.
After graduating from Florida International University, Janelle moved to Washington, D.C. and began her career on Capitol Hill, honing her policy analysis skills. During her time in Washington, Janelle also focused on helping those in need. She volunteered at a non-profit, where she worked with low-income immigrants by helping them improve their basic Spanish literacy skills in their native language. While seeking her Master’s Degree from The Johns Hopkins University, Janelle worked for a non-profit where she led the educational and advocacy activities to support federal funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, the world’s largest public health financier. Her time in Washington, D.C. gave her the experience on how to get things done.
At the age of 28, Janelle was diagnosed with Stage IV Follicular Lymphoma, an aggressive, incurable cancer. After her diagnosis, Janelle moved to Miami in order to prioritize her health and start a family with her wife, Monica. Today, she is one of the owners of Doctors HealthCare Plans, Inc., a Hispanic-owned and family-owned Medicare company in Miami-Dade County. It is one of Florida’s fastest growing Medicare companies, providing affordable, high-quality medical services to Medicare beneficiaries in the county.
As a mother, first-generation American, and businesswoman, Janelle is running for State Senate to fight for opportunities for every child and family. Her personal experience battling illness and professional experience as an advocate and business owner has deepened her commitment to ensuring every Floridian has access to affordable, high-quality healthcare. In Florida’s State Senate, she’ll use her keen understanding of government and unyielding commitment to compassionate leadership to improve access to healthcare, protect our environment, and support our small businesses.
A graduate of Florida International University and The Johns Hopkins University, Janelle currently lives in Pinecrest with her wife and daughter.