Meet the candidates: Here’s who’s running for US House District 7

Leo Valentín, Stephanie Murphy, William R. Garlington all running for seat

U.S. House District 7 candidates. (WKMG)



Stephanie Murphy*(D)
Leo Valentin(R)
William R. Garlington
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Florida’s 7th Congressional District includes portions of Orange and Seminole counties. Incumbent Stephanie Murphy currently holds the seat for U.S. House District 7 but is facing two challengers seeking to replace her in the November election.

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Here’s what you need to know about the candidates:

Leo Valentín (R)

Valentín is a medical doctor who runs a radiology practice in Orlando. Valentín says that through his upbringing and career as a physician, he has learned the “importance of promoting local economies, strengthening communities, making quality health care affordable and protecting hardworking families from an overbearing government.” Valentín has an extensive education. Most notably, he attended Harvard Medical School. Click or tap here to learn more about Valentín’s career and election campaign.

Stephanie Murphy (D)

Congresswoman Murphy first assumed office in 2017. Her current term ends in January 2021, if she doesn’t win the re-election. Murphy holds a master’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the College of William and Mary. Before becoming a congresswoman, she served in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense and was a businesswoman and instructor. She currently serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, where she works “to promote smart trade policies that help Central Florida families, create more pathways to the middle class, open more markets for our farmers and businesses and build a stronger, more prosperous nation.” Murphy lives in Winter Park with her husband and two young children. Click to learn more about Murphy’s re-election campaign.

William R. Garlington (NPA)

According to his campaign website, Garlington is a businessman, entrepreneur, author, public speaker and educator. His focus has been on educating individuals on the importance of self-reliance and to look beyond depending on federal and state government. He lives in Oviedo and has one child who is married to a serviceman in the Air Force. On his campaign website, he explains where he stands on key issues like border security and immigration, education and health care.

Election Day is Nov. 3.

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About the Author:

Brooke is a news producer and has been with News 6 since January 2018. She grew up in Coral Springs and graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Before she came back to Central Florida, she worked in Fort Myers.