Scott Fuhrman is a husband, father, and a small business owner with deep roots in the Miami community. He was born at Mercy Hospital in Coconut Grove and raised in South Florida, just like his father Tom. Scott’s grandparents, Fred and Olga Fuhrman, both moved to Miami in the 1920s, seeking Florida’s sunshine, beaches and opportunity. Their parents – Scott’s great grandparents – followed Fred and Olga to Florida, and the Fuhrman family has been a part of this community ever since.
Fred Fuhrman was the youngest in a big family of boys growing up in Ohio. He moved to Miami after deciding that following his brothers into the factories of Ohio wasn’t suited to him. He started out driving a taxi before working for many years as the doorman at the Hotel Martinique on Miami Beach, where he met Olga, who worked in the hotel’s sundry shop. Olga saved the nickels and dimes from Fred’s tips and eventually used those savings to open up a small business delivering fresh fruit and juice to local hotels. With a lot of help from the community, Fred built that small operation into what would eventually become Florida Bottling Company, the fruit products company that Fred’s son, Tom, and grandson, Scott, run today. Florida Bottling sells it juices under the Lakewood Organics brand from their Miami location to retail stores all across the United States and to dozens of foreign countries.
Scott Fuhrman is the fourth generation of his family to live in Miami, and the third generation running his family business; Scott’s daughter, Ellie, and her soon-to-be little sister (arriving in December), are the fifth generation of Fuhrmans to call Miami their home.
A Call to Serve
It was Scott’s growing family that, after many conversations with his wife, Lindsay – whom he met at Sunset Elementary School – ultimately inspired him to run for Congress. Scott felt a tremendous obligation to his growing family to step up and do his part to create a better future for them and their entire generation.
Scott strongly believes that we need to work hard to protect Social Security and Medicare – both to keep our promises to our seniors and to ensure the programs’ solvency for future generations. He will fight Republican efforts to privatize these programs and weaken them in the future. Scott believes it is outrageous that his daughters could grow up in a country where women only earn $.79 on the dollar relative to what men make, and he will champion equal pay for equal work. And Scott believes we need to be doing much more to tackle the crisis on the horizon that is sea level rise and climate change – especially in South Florida where we can lead the world in developing new technologies to mitigate the impacts of sea level rise.
Another crisis looming in South Florida – the Zika Virus – was a key factor in Scott’s decision to run for Congress. As Scott’s wife, Lindsay, is pregnant with their second daughter, her pregnancy personalized the fears that they and thousands of other expectant families now live with as summer arrives in Miami. Scott feels strongly that the federal response to the Zika Virus has been weak, inefficient, and mostly concerned with partisan politics as usual – not with the lives of the families who could be affected.
Scott never planned to run for Congress. Unlike most politicians, he didn’t spend his life preparing to hold elected office one day. Scott has made mistakes in his life that he regrets wholeheartedly. So that the voters of Miami-Dade County can judge him in the sunshine, Scott has released the details of the times in his past where he has broken the law, as well as his driving record, going back to when he was 15 years old with a learner’s permit.
Scott is being transparent about his past so voters have all the facts with which to judge him. But it’s Scott’s experience at his family business, deep ties to this community, and vision for the future that make him qualified to effectively serve the 27th District in Congress.
The Responsibility of Small Business Ownership
The Fuhrman’s family juice company, where Scott is the President, has been in business in Miami since the 1950s. They regularly employ approximately 75 people, many of whom have been with the company for a decade or more. Scott and his family have always taken pride in paying good wages and providing good benefits to their employees. Florida Bottling Co. bottles and distributes fruit juice to retail locations all over the United States and in dozens of foreign countries. Since he was a boy, Scott has spent time working in various positions at his family business and is now its President, while his father Tom is Chairman.
As a small businessman himself, Scott knows that small businesses are critical to a thriving Miami. He also knows first hand that big dreams and hard work can only get a business so far. By ensuring access to capital and a strong workforce we see a return to in the form of good paying jobs, investment in our community, and services we depend on. When small businesses have the tools to succeed, Miami succeeds.
A Lifetime of Volunteerism & Political Engagement
Since he was a young Cub Scout (and his dad, Tom Fuhrman was Scoutmaster), Scott has been devoted to giving back to this community. For his Eagle Scout project, he undertook a project to reforest several acres of Bill Bragg State Park in Key Biscayne with thousands of mangrove seedlings – the results of which are paying dividends to the local marine ecosystem today. Since his youth, Scott has been a regular volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, the Center for Family & Child Enrichment, and the Homeless Assistance Center of Miami.
Having grown up in Miami and still calling it home today, Scott remains committed to protecting our environment, not just for this generation, but for generations to come. Climate change is not an academic discussion. It will continue to impact real people, real businesses – our entire economy here in Miami. It is time for the debate to end – climate change is real, and especially so in South Florida – and the hard work of curbing sea level rise, and protecting our beaches, waterways, and homes to begin.
In addition to his volunteer efforts, Scott has been an active participant in Democratic politics, as a donor, volunteer and government staffer. In 2004, Scott served as the Deputy to Bob Farmer, the National Treasurer of the John Kerry for President campaign. In 2012, he was among the youngest members of President Obama’s National Finance Committee. Scott also worked as an intern for Florida Senator Bill Nelson’s campaign and U.S. Senate office, and as a staff assistant in the Senate office.
Scott knows we must do more to reduce the role of money in politics. Dark money and special interests are drowning out the voices of reasonable, hard working Americans. It is not surprising that our government is mired in gridlock and bickering when extremism is rewarded with big checks from unnamed special interests. Repealing Citizens United, and ridding our system of dark money, is the first step in healing our democracy.
Scott Fuhrman: Husband and Father
Scott has been a lifetime member of the Plymouth Congregational Church, where he married Lindsay, and where both he and his daughter, Eleanor, were baptized.
He graduated with a B.S. in Political Science from FSU in 2004 and holds an MBA and J.D. from the University of Miami.
Scott, Lindsay and Ellie Fuhrman, along with their two rescue dogs (Dozer and Peanut) and two rescue cats (Hamlin and Noodles) live in South Miami. Lindsay and Scott’s second child, also a girl, is due on December 4th.