Florida

 

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With 29 Electoral College votes Florida increases its prominence as the largest swing-state to determine    the road to the White House. Florida is “left-leaning” by voter registration, but its State Legislature has been  Republican since 1996. This is the same State Legislature that handed the presidency to George W. Bush in 2000. This is also the same Legislature that drafted “Stand Your Ground” – a model for ALEC gun legislation across the country.

 

Florida Legislature

Senate

Democrats

Republicans

2008

13

26

2010

12

28

Today

14

26

House

Democrats

Republicans

2008

44

76

2010

39

81

Today

46 74

All is not lost to Republicans in Florida; the state’s       demographics are swinging to a more progressive future. Minority populations are growing, and more young people are choosing to stay and raise their   families in Florida. There is a shift in focus from    liberal South Florida to the swing I-4 corridor. This    is a perfect time to build a bench in Florida.

 

Progressive Majority’s long-term goal is to build    on our base within the major urban areas of    Florida and go beyond the South Florida   strongholds. We look to take the I-4 corridor out of   the swing column and have the area’s elected   officials reflect its growing progressive population.   We will help the progressive leaders in the rural   areas share the message that progressive values   are American values. With Progressive Majority,   Florida will be able to regain control of its future.

 

For a list of our endorsed candidates in Florida, visit our Meet the Candidates page.

 

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Important Dates

Go to the Florida Secretary of State website to find out important dates and filing deadlines. 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa Sprague

Florida
Leon County Sheriff
2012
Challenger
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Lisa Sprague is running for Leon County Sheriff. Lisa began her career in law enforcement 30 years ago and was one of only two women on the police force when she began. She survived pressure to quit when she got married and began a family. She served as Deputy Chief of Police for Florida State University, President of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administration from 2008- 2009 and owns her own consulting firm, Sprague Consulting Security. She’s running to bring progressive values to the sheriff’s office by increasing cooperation amongst law enforcement agencies, acting as an advocate for the community and increasing transparency.  When she is elected, she will be the only woman at the command staff level in the Sheriff's office

Alix Desulme

Florida
State Representative, District 108
2012
Challenger
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Alix Desulme is running for State Representative in District 108. Alix is the founder and immediate past chairperson of Young Minorities in Action (YMIA), a Political Action Committee (PAC). This was one of the first registered PAC in the state of Florida targeting young voters with a mission to educate young voters about the political process. Most recently as the City Clerk for the City of North Miami Alix founded and actively secured support and funding from local politicians, businesses and school board members - NoMi Kids & Democracy, a program designed to teach students about citizenship, civic involvement, local government and our electoral process through experimentation. Alix was elected as the City Clerk for the City of North Miami in 2009 and became the first African-American to serve in this office for North Miami and the first Haitian-American elected City Clerk in the United States.

Ricardo Rangel

Florida
State Representative, District 43
2012
Open Seat
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Ricardo Rangel was elected to State House District 43 in 2012.  Ricardo Rangel is a second-generation NCO veteran of the U.S. Army.  Following his honorable discharge, Rangel continued to serve the public through community activism.  In recognition of his activism, Rangel was awarded the "Emerging Leaders Award" byt he Central Brevard NAACP and the "National Leadership Award" by the Business Council.  Rangel is also active in politics and local government.  He was instrumental in the passing of Amendment 5 and 6 in Brevard County to ensure fair federal and state legislative districts.  He served on the Citizens Advisory Board and the Zoning Board of Adjustment for the City of Melbourne.  In 2003, his peers elected him as "Florida Young Democrat of the Year."

Jason Henry

Florida
State Representative, District 46
2012
Open Seat
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Jason Henry is running for State Representative in District 46. Encouraged by his mother’s volunteerism as a community activist, Jason developed his commitment to public service during his teenage years. While working on his undergraduate degree at Virginia College, Jason founded the Student Body Association, where he led voter registration drives on campus and educated students about civic engagement. He currently works for the Disney Corporation and as an investigative reporter for the West Orlando news. In addition, he serves as President of the Orange County Young Democrats and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Louis Reinstein

Florida
State Representative, District 98
2012
Open Seat
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Louis Reinstein is running for State Representative in District 98. A native of Broward County, he graduated with Bachelor’s degree from University of Florida and earned his Master of Arts in Jewish Studies at Emory University. After graduate school, Louis returned home to teach middle and high school where he once attended elementary school. After teaching for four years, Louis earned his law degree from Nova Southeastern University. He combines his legal and educational background in teaching students about the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Joe Saunders

Florida
State Representative, District 49
2012
Open Seat
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Joe Saunders has lived in East Central Florida for over 15 years. In 2003, while a student at University of Central Florida, Joe organized rallies and press conferences following a gay hate crime. While at UCF, Joe served as Chair of the UCF Progressive Council and President of the UCF LGBT Student Union. For the past seven years, he has worked with Equality Florida, working for policies to protect citizens from discrimination. He is also involved with the Orange County Democratic Party.

Dwight Dudley

Florida
State Representative, District 68
2012
Open Seat
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When Dwight Dudley graduated from Florida State University, he worked as a Legislative Aide in the Florida House of Representatives. He later worked as an Assistant Public Defender in the Felony Division. Practicing law with his own law firm for 16 years, he understands both the importance of justice and the challenges of running a small business. Dwight is was elected in 2012 because he had a progressive vision and the government experience to represent all Floridians.

John Alvarez

Florida
State Representative, District 53
2012
Challenger
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John Alvarez is running for State Representative in District 53. John is an educator, reading tutor, and Florida Lego Robatics coach. John was born in Miami and is a graduate of the University of Central Florida. As the grandson of a Cuban immigrant, John watched his family struggle from the neighborhoods of Miami to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He experienced first-hand the economic hardships and saw the benefits of hard work. He is also a community leader who believes in putting the people first.

Karen Castor Dentel

Florida
State Representative, District 30
2012
Challenger
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Karen Castor Dentel is a mother, educator, and activist. She is running for the Florida House of Representatives to fight for better economic opportunities and to improve public education. Karen has taught in Orange County Public Schools for 11 years, and currently teaches a combined second- and third-grade class in Maitland. She is also a member of the Florida Education Association.

 

David Lutrin

Florida
State Representative, District 85
2012
Open Seat
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David Lutrin is running for State Representative, District 85. David has been a public school teacher for over 22 years. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Queens College of the City University of New York and later earned a Master of Science in Computer Science Education at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. David is a proud union member; he is a member of the National Education Association (NEA), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the AFL-CIO, and serves as lead representative for the Palm County Classroom Teachers Association (CTA).

Joshua Shulman

Florida
State Representative, District 69
2012
Open Seat
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Joshua Shulman is running for State Representative in District 69. Joshua moved to Florida, shortly after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh. He opened a financial planning practice and obtained his MBA from the University of Florida. In 2011, Joshua made his first foray into politics. He was unsuccessful in his bid for the St. Petersburg City Council.

Ian Whitney

Florida
State Representative, District 120
2012
Open Seat
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Ian Whitney is running for State Representative in District 120. Ian is active local Democratic leader. He was elected State Committeeman in December 2009 and serves as chair of Florida's 18th District Democratic Executive Committee. He represents Monroe County on the Florida Democratic Party State Executive Committee and the 18th Congressional District on the party's State Central Committee. Ian was appointed to the FDP Campaign Committee, is on the Legislative Committee of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida and is active in the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus.