FLOYD FOR THE FUTURE OF CALIFORNIA
Libby has been a trusted and popular national television presenter in the home shopping industry for over 20 years. Honest, authentic, determined and driven, Libby is a hard-worker with a kind heart and compassion for others. She first fell in love with California as a child and dreamt of living there one day. That day came in 1989, when Libby packed her little red Honda and drove across country to the land of dreams and opportunities. But since that time, Libby has seen the heart and soul of the beautiful Golden State crumble. "It’s not the California I used to know and love and that’s why I want to run for Governor. I want to make California golden once again."
Libby grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, the youngest of three daughters. Her father, Darrell Floyd was a two-time All-American basketball player and Hall of Famer who led the nation in scoring in 1955 and ‘56 and successful entrepreneur. Her mother Kay, a well-known business woman in the community. Libby began working in her father’s restaurant at a young age, making sandwiches, waiting on tables and washing dishes. She spent her summers at the restaurant packing thousands of lunches a week for underprivileged children. Her parents taught her the value of a dollar early in her life and instilled in her a strong work ethic. Libby always had an interest in politics and worked as a Page in the South Carolina House of Representatives for David Wilkins, former speaker of the house, who later became Ambassador to Canada.
"While working in the House of Representatives, I learned about the inner workings of government, and knew that one day I wanted to serve and represent the interests of the people. Now I feel I have an opportunity to do just that."
A natural born leader, Libby was elected VP of the student body while in high school, VP of her sorority and was also Class Secretary. Her charisma and charm lead her to the Miss America Pageant program where she graced the stage of The Miss South Carolina Pageant as Miss Greenville, winning scholarship money for her studies at The University of South Carolina. "After winning my title, I visited local children’s hospitals and nursing homes, gave inspirational speeches at local schools and performed in front of thousands of people as a singer. I also worked with business leaders in the community at numerous corporate events."
While at the University of South Carolina, Libby was named to the Dean’s List and nominated as one of The Most Outstanding Women in America. She has since published two books, 'Sparkelicious' a novel, and 'A Winning Heart' an award-winning book of poetry which led to her becoming the youngest nominee for Poet Laurete of SC. In 2007, Libby also received the USC Distinguished Alumni Award.
In her broadcast career, Libby has continued to shine in the spotlight as a national television host in the home shopping industry. Over 20 years her sales have topped $600 million and she has built a loyal customer following as a name and face they can trust.
Never one to shy away from a challenge, helping California heal would be Libby’s greatest achievement. But she’s ready and has been preparing for the role her entire life. “I'm not going to sit on the sidelines and watch my California crumble, when I can make a difference. I want to make The Golden State golden again."
“California is in crisis. The current leadership has failed Californians and is continuing to fail us all. The pandemic hasn't helped matters but many of the issues that continue to drag down our state were problematic before COVID hit.
It's time for a change for the better. In my Golden State Recovery Plan, I will address the overwhelming issues that have led our great state down a path of destruction, making California a national embarrassment.
I will make our neighborhoods safe again, bring back our economy with a strong focus on the small businesses and restaurants that have been hit the hardest from the blows of the pandemic.
I will implement my Shine Brighter Wellness Initiative for the homeless, getting them the long-term mental health and addiction support they so desperately need.
I will also address the high cost of living and overly high tax rates and focus on affordable housing to make it possible for more Californians to be able to own their own homes, live more affordably be able to save for retirement."
Healthcare is another crucial issue that I will tackle. Insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs are way too high. No one should have to mortgage their home, if they can afford one, or spend their life savings on medical bills.”
HERE ARE SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS:
161,000 homeless are living on California streets. $13 billion has been spent over three years towards the homeless crisis. But the situation has only gotten worse. That should've been more than enough money to end this crisis. Obviously, this money was mismanaged and not spent where it was most needed.
"I will create 'Wellness Villages' for the homeless to give them the long-term support and care they need by providing housing, on-site long-term mental health care, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, and vocational training to help them rebuild their lives."
MAKE OUR NEIGHBORHOODS SAFE AGAIN
Our state has seen a sharp increase in homicides, robberies and car thefts. In Los Angeles alone, there has been a 73% increase in violent crimes, homicides, burglaries and aggravated assaults. The order to release 76,000 violent and repeat felons back into society will only add to these statistics.
"We need more law enforcement patrolling our streets and neighborhoods to keep them safe. The police need more manpower to handle the rampant crime across our state. They need the right tools, proper training and support to be able to protect the public and do their job effectively."
STOP THE EXODUS
Quality of life in California continues to deteriorate with a 38% higher cost of living than any other state in the nation. People can’t afford to live here anymore and are leaving in droves. In the fourth quarter of 2020, over 267,000 people left the state because of high taxes, high cost of living, and increasingly high rate of crime. The median price of a home in California is now $710,000.
"I will make California affordable again for the middle-class by lowering taxes, building more affordable housing and cleaning up the streets. I want to bring back the quality of life that once made California so attractive to so many."
GROW THE ECONOMY
We lost nearly 40,000 small businesses and a third of all restaurants in California last year. Many of these businesses never received the financial aid they were promised.
"I would create a fast track to funding without all the red tape to help small businesses and restaurants thrive again. Tourism in Southern California alone generated $36.6 billion in 2019, but that dropped to $13 billion last year, costing thousands of jobs. Tourists won't come back with images of tent encampments circulating globally in the media. It's another reason why the tragedy of homelessness cannot be ignored any longer."