Mike ter Maat, (terMOTT, with a small ‘t’) a South Florida police officer, and former university economics professor publicly announced last week his candidacy for Florida’s 20th Congressional District. ter Maat is running as a Libertarian which offers district residents a fresh approach to a better life as they had neglected residents by their former congressional representative, Alcee Hastings who passed away earlier this year. The State of Florida will hold a special election on January 11, 2022, to fill the open seat.
Last night, Mike ter Maat met with some members of the Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County in Lake Worth. ter Maat expressed his desire to lift district 20 residents above the poverty they have been living by offering them solutions and opportunities if they elect him to represent them in Washington, D.C.
A long-term member of the Libertarian Party, ter Maat wants to change the government’s approach toward the lives of low- and moderate-income District 20
residents through Libertarian policies that focus on police and justice reform, economics, school choice, and COVID mandates.
While Democrats blame the wealthy and Republicans blame the poor themselves for the problems facing District 20 residents, ter Maat believes heavy-handed criminal justice, work disincentives, and other policies that undermine families are the driving factors that must be actively addressed for the health of District 20.
“Continuing the government’s 50-year so-called ‘War on Poverty’ is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results,” ter Maat said. “The government’s misguided approach to justice, economics, and COVID ironically makes our lives worse, not better.” Police & Justice Reform – ter Maat believes issues like drug addiction and community violence in District 20 are not addressed properly because of the heavy hand of government, which has driven a wedge between communities and police. He also believes that politicians who chant ‘defund the police’ disqualify themselves from the serious discussion of police and justice reform that communities deserve.
Last night, he told local Libertarians he would like to see negotiations for market-oriented police contracts with greater accountability, ending qualified immunity, ending the criminalization of victimless “crimes” while ending prison sentences which are five times the norm in other countries.
In addition, if District 20 voters made him their representative he would advocate for expanding school choice for students. “Without school choice, high dropout rates and poor career preparation will continue to drive intergenerational poverty. Povertys is not natural, it is a political construct, the result of bad policy.”
ter Maat also said he encourages everyone to follow the science and is steadfastly opposed to vaccine “passports” stating, “I’m glad to have been vaccinated personally, but the Bill of Rights has not been suspended just because we are in the midst of a pandemic.”
Florida’s Congressional District 20 includes residents who have a median household income of $49,200 whereas the national median income is $68,700.
Mike ter Maat has been a police officer in South Florida for eleven years. Previously, he worked as an economist with banks, the White House Office of Management and Budget, international development agencies, federal agencies, and trade associations. In 2002, he founded Foreword Financial, a professional training business for bank executives which he ran until 2009. He has taught economics at Nova University, Barry University, and George Washington University and has substituted at dozens of South Florida public schools. He has a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering and an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from George Washington University.