Meet the Candidates
Brian Mast’s life’s work has been serving his country, both in America and overseas in Afghanistan. After graduating high school, he followed in his father’s footsteps and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served for twelve years, and had the honor of serving as a bomb technician under the elite Joint Special Operations Command. He has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal for Valor, Purple Heart Medal, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
Additionally, when elected, Brian will be the only member of Congress to have served alongside the Israeli Defense Forces, and to have proudly worn their uniform.
After losing both of his legs and a finger in Afghanistan, he was determined to continue his life’s work countering terrorism. Lying in a hospital bed in Walter Reed Army Medical Center was where he decided he wanted to one day run for Congress. After he recovered, he served with three federal agencies: the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms, and the Department of Homeland Security as an explosive specialist.
Brian also attended Harvard University with a concentration in Economics and Environmental Studies.
Brian and his wife Brianna reside in St. Lucie County with their three children, Magnum, Maverick, and Madalyn.
Brian believes all elected officials should serve as soldiers do on the battlefield: without regard for personal gain and without regard for personal sacrifice.
Randy Perkins was raised in South Florida, and has worked hard his entire life. He watched his parents live paycheck-to-paycheck, never missing a day of work in order to support Randy and his four sisters. Randy’s father was a corrections officer in Miami-Dade County. His mother was a social worker and juvenile justice officer who spent her life working to improve the lives of children and families, in addition to raising her own. Randy and his wife Saily got married when he was 19, and their first daughter, Ashley, was born shortly after. Relying on food stamps provided through the WIC program, they were able to stay on of their feet just enough to get by. To better support his young family, Randy dropped out of college and began working the night shift unloading trucks for Yellow Freight System Inc. His good-paying union job gave Randy the opportunity to start a one-man lawn maintenance company, which he operated during the day. With the help of small business loans, access to credit, and a lot of hard work, Randy grew his small business into a large regional landscaping company in South Florida. In 1992, Randy had the opportunity to participate in the disaster cleanup effort for communities affected by Hurricane Andrew. After this experience, he decided to start his own environmental cleanup company. He named his new enterprise AshBritt, after his two oldest daughters, Ashley and Brittany. Randy has never forgotten where he came from. That’s why he pays all of his employees a fair salary, covers 100% of health insurance premiums for them and their families, and fully matches their 401k’s. To date, AshBritt has executed more than 200 disaster recovery missions and multiple special environmental projects — serving hundreds of communities in Florida and across the country following natural disasters.