About Me, Edward Malin
I am a 50-year-old resident of North Florida. I reside with my wife of nearly twenty years, in the home that my father built when I was a child, in Palm Valley Florida.
I am a graduate of Nease High School, first graduating class in 1984. I was accepted into the first freshman class at The University of North Florida in the fall of 1984. It was quite an honor at the time to be accepted and my parents were very proud of me. I lasted there one semester. I ended up going to four different colleges for six years to get a two-year degree. I have no Master’s Degree and no Bachelor’s Degree; I graduated from the university of “Go Get a Job”. Our mascot, was a lawnmower.
My first jobs, procured by my father, were in the trades. I will always remember the first day of my summer break between my 9th and 10th grades; I went to work for a plumber. It was the hardest work I had ever done. I begged my father to get me a different job for the following summer. He did, with a brick mason. Every day that summer, I wished I was still helping the plumber! Masonry is some of the hardest work a man can do. Looking back, I learned that my father got me those jobs to teach me the appreciation of a hard day’s work.
Most of my adult life has been spent in the food and beverage industry. I currently own two restaurants in Jacksonville Beach. They are modest sandwich shops. I bought the first shop, Angie’s Subs, over seventeen years ago. The second restaurant, Angie’s Grom, is going into its fifth year. Between the two restaurants, I employ nearly 50 of the finest young people in town. One of the greatest rewards of owning these restaurants is giving young people their first job, teaching them the value of an honest day’s work just like my father taught me.
My wife is the hardest working person that I know. She is a very successful real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty. We have no children and have one Boston terrier.
Although I have often been vocal in local political matters, I had never given much thought to the idea of running for a political office. I have always looked at politicians the way most people do, with contempt, with a furrowed brow, and I could never see myself being called a politician. These days I detest the hypocrisy of politicians, especially of Congress. I have always preached to my employees that they need to become aware of how much of their paycheck is confiscated by the Federal Government. I have stood in front of many City Councils and pleaded with rule makers about the burdens and injustice their legislation will put upon the taxpayers. I have had many adversarial relationships with politicians.
Now I am running for office. I am campaigning to become the very thing that I loathe, a politician. I am doing this for one simple reason, so that the business people who follow me and the people that work for them, the taxpayers of our great country, will not have the same contempt for politicians that I do.
My goals as your Representative are on the pages of this website. Some of the principles that guide my reasoning are also expounded upon.
I am honored to be an American. I feel blessed to have been born in this great country. The patriots that worked so hard to create this republic often stated that liberty will yield itself to government unless the government is kept in check by the citizen. I look forward to keeping that government in check for the people of North Florida.