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MEET THE CANDIDATES: Hear WDBO’s interviews with Central Florida’s political contenders

Orlando, Fla. — If early results are any indication, this year’s election could set a record in Central Florida.

While the presidential race will undoubtedly be the focus of the nation’s media coverage, your local elected leaders make choices that affect you and your home county.

Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 3rd.

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U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Representative District 6 (Volusia & Flagler)

  • Mike Waltz (R)
  • Clint Curtis (D)

U.S. Representative District 7 (Northeast Orange & Seminole)

  • Stephanie Murphy (D)
  • Leo Valentin (R)

U.S. Representative District 8 (Brevard)

  • Bill Posey (R)
  • Jim Kennedy (D)

U.S. Representative District 9 (Osceola & Southeast Orange)

  • Darren Soto (D)
  • Bill Olson (R)

U.S. Representative District 10 (West Orange County)

  • Val Demings (D)
  • Vennia Francois (R)

Florida State House of Representatives

State House District 28 (Part of Seminole)

  • Dave Smith (R)
  • Pasha Baker (D)
  • Michael Riccio (I)

State House District 29 (Part of Seminole)

  • Scott Plakon (R)
  • Tracey Kagan (D)

State House District 30 (Parts of Orange and Seminole)

  • Joy Goff-Marcil (D)
  • Bob Cortes (R)

State House District 32 (Part of Lake)

  • Anthony Sabatini (R)
  • Stephanie Dukes (D)

House District 44 (Part of Orange)

  • Geraldine Thompson (D)
  • Bruno Portigliatti (R)

State House District 47 (Part of Orange)

  • Anna Eskamani (D)
  • Jeremy Sisson (R)

State House District 49 (Part of Orange)

  • Carlos Guillermo Smith (D)
  • Robert Allen Prater (R)

Florida State Senate

State Senate District 9 (East Orange & All Osceola)

  • Jason Brodeur (R)
  • Patricia Sigman (D)

State Senate District 11 (West Orange County, Apopka)

  • Randolph Bracy (D)
  • Joshua Adams (R)

State Senate District 13 (Northeast Orange County)

  • Linda Stewart (D)
  • Josh Anderson (R)

Other Orange County Contests

Orange County Property Appraiser

  • Amy Mercado (D)
  • Tim Loucks (WRI)

Orange-Osceola State Attorney

  • Monique Worrell (D)
  • Jose Torroella (I)

Orange County Sheriff

  • John Mina (D)
  • Winston Johnson (WRI)
  • Tim Lucas Adams (WRI)

Other Seminole County Contests

Seminole County Tax Collector

  • Jeff “J.R.” Kroll (R)
  • Lynn “Moira” Dictor (D)

Seminole County Sheriff

  • Dennis M. Lemma (R)
  • Paul “Spike” Hopkins (D)

Other Osceola County Contests

Osceola County Sheriff

  • Marco Lopez (D)
  • Luis “Tony” Fernández (NPA)

Other Brevard County Contests

Brevard County Sheriff

  • Wayne Ivey (R)
  • Alton Edmond (D)

2020 Florida Constitutional Amendments

Amendment 1: Citizen Requirement for Voting Initiative

“This amendment provides that only United States citizens who are at least 18 years of age, a permanent resident of Florida, and registered to vote as provided by law, shall be qualified to vote in a Florida election.”

Amendment 2: $15 Minimum Wage Initiative

“Raises minimum wage to $10.00 per hour effective September 30,2021. Each September 30th thereafter, minimum wage shall increase by $1.00 per hour until the minimum wage reaches $15.00 per hour on September 30, 2026.

From that point forward, future minimum wage increases shall revert to being adjusted annually for inflation starting September 30, 2027."

Amendment 3: Open Primaries for State Offices Initiative

“Allows all registered voters to vote in primaries for state legislature, governor, and cabinet regardless of political party affiliation. All candidates for an office, including party nominated candidates, appear on the same primary ballot.

Two highest vote getters advance to general election. If only two candidates qualify, no primary is held and winner is determined in general election. Candidate’s party affiliation may appear on ballot as provided by law. Effective January 1, 2024.”

Amendment 4: Require Constitutional Amendments to be Passed Twice Initiative

“Requires all proposed amendments or revisions to the state constitution to be approved by the voters in two elections, instead of one, in order to take effect. The proposal applies the current thresholds for passage to each of the two elections.”

Amendment 5: Extend “Save Our Homes” Portability Period

“Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution, effective January 1, 2021, to increase, from 2 years to 3 years, the period of time during which accrued Save-Our-Homes benefits may be transferred from a prior homestead to a new homestead.”

Amendment 6: Homestead Property Tax Discount for Spouses of Deceased Veterans

“Provides that the homestead property tax discount for certain veterans with permanent combat-related disabilities carries over to such veteran’s surviving spouse who holds legal or beneficial title to, and who permanently resides on, the homestead property, until he or she remarries or sells or otherwise disposes of the property.

The discount may be transferred to a new homestead property of the surviving spouse under certain conditions. The amendment takes effect January 1, 2021.”

Want more insight into the proposed amendments?

WDBO’s Darrell Moody heard a different take from Florida Taxwatch. Tap here to read how “the eyes and ears of Florida taxpayers” would vote on the amendments.


Gene Wexler

Gene Wexler

Gene spent his youth in upstate New York before making the pilgrimage down to the sunshine state. After spending a few years reporting, anchoring, and hosting at our sister station WOKV in Jacksonville, Gene was asked to bring his talents to Orlando at WDBO

Kevin Rafuse

Kevin Rafuse

Kevin Rafuse is an afternoon reporter, and anchor for News 96.5 WDBO

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