TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida voters will not only be casting a vote to decide who will be the nation’s next president on Election Day, they’ll also be asked to elect state legislators who will represent them in the Florida House and Senate.
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As of early October, Republicans had a 71-46 control of the state House of Representatives, with three vacancies in the lower house of the state legislature, according to Ballotpedia.org, but all 120 Florida House seats are up for grabs in the upcoming election.
Among some of the most-watched House races in Central Florida are Districts 28 and 29. With all precincts reporting, the Associated Press declared Republican incumbent David Smith the winner of the District 28 race, defeating Democrat Pasha Baker with 52% of the votes compared to her 46%.
As of 11 p.m. on Tuesday, the Associated Press had not declared a winner in the District 29 race. Race data at that time showed Republican incumbent Scott Plakon leading with 51% of the vote and Tracey Kagan, his Democratic opponent, with 47% of the vote.
State representatives are elected to two-year terms on even-numbered years and work alongside the governor to create laws and establish Florida’s budget. State representatives can serve a maximum of four terms, or a total of eight years.
The Florida Constitution requires that a representative be at least 21, a resident of the district from which they’re elected and a resident of Florida for two years prior to election, according to MyFloridaHouse.gov.
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Haven’t voted yet?
Before casting your vote in the general election, it’s important to get familiar with the candidates whose names you can expect to see on your ballot and where they stand on the issues that matter most to you.
Below is a list of candidates in the running to represent Central Florida districts in the Florida House. Click on the hyperlinks, if available, to learn more about each candidate.
Here’s who’s running in your district:
State House District 22 -- Marion
State House District 23 -- Marion
State House District 24 -- Flagler
State House District 25 -- Volusia
State House District 26 -- Volusia
State House District 27 -- Volusia
State House District 28 -- Seminole
State House District 29 -- Seminole
State House District 30 -- Seminole
State House District 31 -- Lake, Orange
State House District 32 -- Lake
State House District 33 -- Lake, Sumter
State House District 39 -- Osceola, Polk
State House District 40 -- Polk
State House District 41 -- Polk
State House District 42 -- Osceola, Polk
State House District 44 -- Orange
State House District 47 -- Orange
State House District 48 -- Orange
State House District 49 -- Orange
State House District 50 -- Brevard, Orange
State House District 51 -- Brevard
State House District 52 -- Brevard
State House District 53 -- Brevard
- Randy Fine (R), incumbent
- Phil Moore (D)
- Thomas Patrick Unger (WRI), no official campaign page could be found
State House District 56 -- Polk