For my entire adult life, I have worked to make my community a better place. Through volunteer work, my professional career, and serving in the Florida House, my goal has always been to make a difference in the lives of my neighbors, colleagues, and our community.
Recently these same neighbors, colleagues, and friends in the community approached me about making an even bigger difference by running for the Florida Senate. The opportunity to serve Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, where I’ve lived and worked for twenty plus years, is a blessing. After listening to the encouragement of friends across the region, praying to my Heavenly Father, and consulting with my wife and family, I have decided to take this next step in public service.
For years, the citizens of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties have benefited from leaders like James Hargrett, Les Miller, and Arthenia Joyner. I count these leaders as my friends and mentors, and I hope to continue the successful work they have done for our region.
Tampa Bay deserves a principled leader with a bold vision for the future. Over the past few years, we have had to fight dangerous expansions of the Stand Your Ground law, environmental and drinking water problems, children facing educational uncertainty at struggling schools, and a Tea Party-led agenda in Tallahassee that threatens our economy and our safety.
The answer to these challenges will not be found by electing someone just because it’s their turn. The answer will be found by electing leadership that stands firm on progressive principles but also gets results.
Passing the Arthur Green Jr. Act, working to protect witnesses, fighting revisions to Stand Your Ground, assisting the families of the Dozier School for Boys, leading the Florida Legislative Black Caucus, securing millions of dollars for the Palm River water improvement project and securing monies to relocate the Tampa Heights Community Center are just a sample of the things I’ve been able to do within a short period of time in a Republican dominated legislature. It is my belief, that I can do even more as a member of the Florida Senate.
Hillsborough and Pinellas counties have grown and thrived with a progressive spirit of equality, fairness, and opportunity. Like you, I believe that we should all have the chance to succeed, no matter where we come from, what we look like, or who we love. My commitment to you is that as your next State Senator, I will continue the fight to protect the progressive spirit that makes Tampa Bay great.
Thank you for all your support. I look forward to earning your vote again this August.
Edwin “Ed” Narain is a dedicated member of the Tampa Bay community who hasserved in various civic leadership roles more than two decades. The oldest of three sons born to Aubron and Yvonne Narain (Fort Lauderdale, FL), Ed moved to Tampa in1994 to attend the University of South Florida. There he was elected President of the Student Body (1997-98) and was voted USF’s First Fall Homecoming King. While at South Florida, he partnered with the United Way to develop the first Student driven United Way campaign and received the Department of Student Affairs first Student Leadership Award. In 2015, he received the USF President’s African American Advisory Committee’s Ike Tribble Kente Alumni Award.
Ed works has worked with several organizations that are committed to helping children and the working poor. He is a member of the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, and served for several years on the Hillsborough County Head Start Policy Council and the Hillsborough County Community Action Board.A Life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. in 2008 he was honored as the Tampa Alumni Chapter’s Man of the Year. In 2010, he earned the alumni chapter’s Leadership Award for guiding the chapter to its first Southern Province Chapter of the Year Award as President.
Professionally, Ed is a Regional Director with AT&T and is a three-time Florida Top Performance Manager of the Year (2009, 2010 & 2013). He has also earned two AT&T Summit Awards given to performers within the top two percent of the company (2005, 2013). A member of Leadership Florida’s College Leadership Florida (Class I) and Connect Florida (Class IV) statewide leadership programs, Ed earned a BA degree in Psychology and a Masters in Business Administration from Saint Leo University. In 2013, he completed a Leadership Certificate and earned a Jurist Doctorate degree from Stetson University College of Law where he also received the Dean’s Award for outstanding service to the law school.
In November 2014, Ed was elected to the Florida House of Representatives as the State Representative for District 61. As a freshman legislator, Ed was elected Chairman of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus, earned the Florida Counties Association County Champion Award and received a coveted Distinguished Advocate Award from the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
He is married to Monica, a public school teacher and together they have two young daughters. In his spare time he enjoys watching movies with his family, reading and singing on the praise team at church.