Organizational Behavior major Shannon Currie isn’t waiting to graduate before pursuing her dream job. That’s because she must win an election to procure that job—Florida State Representative for District 45. A Hamilton Holt School senior and member of the Pine Hills community, Currie, 43, feels she is ready for the challenge of holding public office. “I worked for the Florida Senate as a legislative aide for seven years before filing my candidacy,” she said. “I have a strong background in business development and an equally strong relationship within community engagement.”
Currie credits the Holt School with helping prepare her for a political career. “Becoming a Holt student provided a gateway for me to engage with like-minded, driven individuals who were bettering themselves both personally and professionally,” she said. “Many of the classes I have taken helped develop my skills in public speaking and leadership, and I frequently refer to my class notes from organizational development and leadership and citizenship in action classes.”
If elected, Currie has specific goals for District 45. “My top priority is to identify several communities that are dealing with crime, unemployment, and blight,” she said. “We must look at incentives for businesses that will bring jobs to this area, and we must create opportunities to hire individuals who have served their time and are looking for a chance to work and be productive in society.”
Currie recognizes the part that education plays in lifting a community. “Education makes a difference, and it is important for me to set the example for my three children so they will understand the value of accomplishing their educational goals,” she said. “Education is the gateway to a better life.”
Education. Community. Leadership. Currie clearly ties the three together in her political outlook. “Our communities need strong leaders who can work across party lines to address economic growth, education for our students, and upholding a commitment to our community,” says Shannon. “The development I am receiving as a Holt Student at Rollins is not only creating a better life and opportunities for me, but it is a testament to the brand that Rollins upholds. I am proud to be a part of the Rollins family.”
*Please note that Rollins College does not endorse candidates for political office. We encourage all of our students to be civically engaged and encourage involvement in political and social issues.
By Renée Anduze