As a successful student organizer at the University of Central Florida, Steven is a proven progressive who is determined to win back HD 49.
As the co-founder of 'Knights for Bernie', Steven helped lead UCF's precinct 538 to the highest precinct-level turnout in Central Florida for the Presidential preference primary at 79%.
Assisting the efforts of the Florida Democratic Party to register people in and around HD 49, Steven and his group of Bernie supporters registered 3,000 students to vote at UCF, giving Democrats the edge heading into 2016.
Born in Massachusetts, Steven moved to Florida with his family when he was 8 years old, spending the last 20 years as a resident of Central Florida. He plans to raise a family in Florida with his soon-to-be wife Carolina and work hard to ensure that Florida is stronger and fairer for future generations.
Ali Akın Kurnaz
Deputy Campaign Manager & Communications Director
Ali has a history of cultivating public, community, and government relationships. He also consults in digital strategy and is a passionate grassroots organizer. Throughout his personal and professional career, Ali has applied his talent and experience for several elected government officials and for various nonprofit organizations and causes.
He is presently the Communications Director of the statewide federation of Florida Young Democrats, Vice President of the Young Democrats of Orange County, and the Young Democrats Chair of the Orange County Democratic Party. Ali was also an elected party leader delegate to the Democratic National Convention for Senator Bernie Sanders.
Ali is a Turkish-American born and raised in Orlando. No matter the odds, he sticks to his motto: "Fair is worth fighting for."