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Armitage was raised in four different continents as a result of her father's employment with a multi-national corporation. She graduated from the University of Amsterdam with an MA in Economics before settling in the United States. She is a naturalized American citizen. Armitage has served as a Professor of Economics at Valencia Community College in Orlando.
Armitage became a campaigner for embryonic stem cell research, patient safety and universal health care after a 1996 soccer accident which left her 7 year old son a quadriplegic. She founded the Cure Paralysis Now Foundation in partnership with the Stem Cell Action Network and other stem cell advocacy groups. Ultimately she gave up her outside employment to devote herself to caring for her son and to her advocacy efforts.
Armitage was the winner of the Democratic primary for Florida's 7th congressional district on August 26, 2008 and became the Democratic candidate in the 2008 Congressional race, running as a self-described "soccer mom". Her political positions included ending the war in Iraq, increasing veterans benefits, immigration reform, reconciling U.S. debt while reducing trade deficits and attending to world climate change. She was defeated by John Mica, the longtime Republican incumbent. Since the election she has continued her advocacy for stem cell research.
- Florida Progressive Coalition - Faye Armitage
- Maya Bell, "Stem-cell debate's fate could fall to voters", Orlando Sentinel, March 5, 2007.
- Fox News - candidate biography
- Kati Bexley, "Julington Creek resident says stem cell research should be a 'humanitarian issue,' not a political issue", St. Augustine Record, August 12, 2004.
- Lisa Greene, "Actor speaks out on stem cells", St. Petersburg Times, September 29, 2004.
- Daphne Sashin, "John Mica faces 'soccer mom' Faye Armitage for U.S. House District 7 seat", Orlando Sentinel, October 7, 2008.
- CQ Politics - District Detail
- Robyn Shelton, "Stem-cell ban ends, scientists go to work", Orlando Sentinel, March 10, 2009.
- Douglas Jordan, "For mom, hope for son", St. Augustine Record, March 13, 2009.