An interview with Palm Beach Young Dems Treasurer Steven Licari
By: Alex Heathcock
You’re from Royal Palm Beach, FL. What is your favorite thing about your hometown?
I love that we are a small community that's not afraid to think big. A good example is Commons Park; they have been doing a great job of bringing events like The Seafood Festival to our area.
What made you decide to get involved in politics?
Mainly the 2000 election. It was the first time I could vote in a presidential election, and I could not believe the amount of people who would not vote or believed it would not make any difference. From that moment on, I knew I had to get involved.
You’ve worked on a lot of local political campaigns--what has been your favorite memory of working on a campaign so far, and why?
It would have to be working an event during the 2014 campaign for Charlie Crist--we hosted an event with Vise President Joe Biden. It was a long and hectic day ,but I enjoyed every moment.
If you could have dinner with one politician, living or deceased, who would it be and why?
President Kennedy. I would love to ask him how he wanted to see the county develop from his vision in 1960 and how he would feel about the state of our nation today.
What is your favorite alcoholic beverage?
Red or white wine?
White, unless I'm eating.
Anyone who knows you knows you’re a huge Star Wars fan. Which movie is your favorite?
Definitely The Empire Strikes Back.
Who is your favorite Star Wars character?
Favorite line from a Star Wars movie?
“I love you.” “I know.”
What is your favorite cuisine?
What is your favorite food to eat from said cuisine?
Where is your favorite place to go out to eat in Palm Beach County?
Peppermint Thai-Sushi in Royal Palm Beach.
Where is your favorite place to just hang out in Palm Beach County, that’s not at home?
Honestly, right now I can not say I have one place in mind that I prefer to go to. However, I am always up for trying new places.
If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
What is your favorite music genre?
Mostly pop and hip hop.
Best concert you’ve ever attended?
Lady Gaga. She is so amazing live.
What is your favorite TV show?
The Walking Dead
Who is your favorite character on said TV show?
What is your favorite quote from said TV show?
"Anger makes you stupid. Stupid gets you killed."
If you had to compare President Trump to a TV show character, who would it be?
What is your favorite movie?
The Godfather Part 2.
What is your favorite scene from a movie?
New Years eve in Cuba.
What is your favorite movie franchise?
What is the best movie in theaters you’ve seen so far this year?
I loved A Quiet Place.
What is your favorite Marvel franchise movie?
If you could have the superpowers of one Marvel character, whose would it be?
Thor--I would love the use of lighting.
Speaking of Marvel Comics movies--if you had access to own one of the infinity stones, which one would you choose and why?
I would have to go with the Time stone. I love the idea of seeing multiple scenarios of any decision I may have doubts about. Plus, I could mess with bad people by putting them in a time loop.
Brunch or dinner?
Dinner. I am not a morning person.
Who is someone that inspires you in local politics and why?
There are so many--I really can not pick one. I feel that we have so many amazing local leaders in Palm Beach County--they are part of the reason why I stay involved in local politics.
Where can we find you hanging out on the weekends?
Downtown West Palm or in the Wellington Area.
What sport is your favorite to watch?
Which sports teams do you support?
The Miami Heat, New York Yankees and Giants.
Where is your favorite place that you’ve traveled to?
Beijing.The history alone is amazing! Plus, you can not count out the incredible food and shopping.
Where would you like to travel to in the future?
Which fictional place do you wish you could travel to?
What issues are you passionate about in our current political climate?
Healthcare. Everyone should have access to healthcare that will actually help people when they are sick without anyone having to choose between being healthy or going bankrupt.
What do you see yourself doing in five years?
Hopefully, still in Palm Beach County, and working with more elected officials to make this county the best in the state.
What is your favorite part of being on the board for the Palm Beach County Young Democrats?
I love the fact that we are more like a family than a board. Even though we all cannot make it to every event, everyone supports each other. I am looking forward to seeing our chapter grow in the future. We will need to continue to work to get young voters out again to the polls.