Baltimore, MD; April 26, 2018 - Clinicians for Progressive Care enthusiastically endorses Dr. Parisima Taeb for Florida State Representative, District 78. An obesity medicine physician and immigrant to the US, Dr. Taeb has stepped forward to bring her expertise, activism, and vision to bear on the challenges facing Southwest Florida. She believes in clean water, well funded mental health, freely available treatment for those with substance use disorders, and universal health care through Medicaid expansion. DONATE TO DR. TAEB.

Dr. Taeb came to the US from Iran as a child. She attended the University of Florida and received her medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine, completing residency at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and thereafter working as a hospitalist in southwest Florida.  She currently operates her own practice in Fort Myers, and provides affordable treatment on a sliding scale.

After the recent hurricanes that devastated the Carribean, including our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico, Dr. Taeb spearheaded a local effort to provide relief to victims of the tragedy. She is active in leadership roles in her profession and community, in addition to being a proud, involved parent, a product of Florida’s public schools, and an alumna of Stoneman Douglas High School -- inspired by that school’s activist history in the wake of trauma.

The incumbent, Heather Fitzenhagen, has not advanced the interests of southwest Florida in her 6 years in office. Her uninspiring legislative proposals included a measure to reaffirm the Second Amendment. Dr. Taeb is ready to bring a new voice and vision to Tallahasee, building a safer and stronger community through empowerment and education.

Clinicians for Progressive Care (C4PC) believes we can't fight for healthcare without electing candidates who believe in it. Previous endorsements in both Congressional and state-level races can be found here.