Kayser Enneking, M.D., has filed to run for Florida House District 21 in the 2020 election.
Dr. Enneking is running for Florida State House of Representatives because she believes that legislators in Tallahassee can and should be doing more to improve the lives of those they serve. During her career at UF Health, she has improved health care delivery at every level through her vision and leadership.
“I believe improvements to our health care system start with making sure everyone has access to quality health care. I pledge to continue working for changes that improve access to affordable health care. That starts with expanding Medicaid in our state,” said Kayser Enneking.
Florida is ranked 47th in the nation in both health care access and income inequality. Two decades of a Republican trifecta in Tallahassee has failed to improve the lives of Floridians; it’s time for new leadership in the legislature.
“Leadership is about guiding change, not just announcing something doesn’t work. Saying we don’t have the money to fix something is not a solution. Working on a budget is not just about cutting it. It’s also about rolling up your sleeves and creatively finding ways to fund things deemed important by our community,” said Kayser Enneking, in a recent op-ed.
Kayser grew up in Gainesville, Florida and is a graduate of Gainesville High School. She and her husband, Mark Scarborough, M.D., are lifelong friends and both graduates of the UF College of Medicine. After her residency in Texas and fellowship at Harvard, Kayser and Mark moved back to Gainesville, where they began working for the University of Florida and started a family.
In 2018, Kayser ran for the Florida State Senate. She connected with voters across the political spectrum and listened to the experiences of those without access to quality health care. Since 2018, Kayser has continued to be an advocate and community leader, working to keep Medicaid expansion a key issue on the minds of voters.
“I have heard so much about cost and access problems in our health-care system, and in my work I have seen the effects of these problems. Virtually everyone has a story about how our health care system is impossible to navigate,” said Kayser Enneking.
State House District 21 is a top target for Democrats in 2020 and flipping the district is key for Democrats to have a voice in redistricting. The district has a history of voting for Democrats. President Barack Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton both won the district, as well as the 2010 and 2018 Gubernatorial candidates, Alex Sink and Andrew Gillum.