Mikaela Nix picks up local officials' endorsements in HD 47 race - Florida Politics

Mikaela Nix picks up local officials’ endorsements in HD 47 race

Republican state House candidate Mikaela Nix has picked up new endorsements from nine elected officials and former officials in Orange County for her campaign to be elected in House District 47, her campaign announced.

Those include Orange County mayoral candidate and Commissioner Pete Clarke, Belle Isle Mayor Lydia Pisano, and Edgewood Mayor Ray Bagshaw.


“We need a representative who is running for the people and not for a title. That’s Mikaela Nix, a conservative who cares about people and is already making a difference in our community,” Pisano stated in a news release issued by Nix’s campaign.

“We need a conservative leader who is able to work with all parties to get things done. That’s why I’m endorsing Mikaela Nix for State House 47,” added Bagshaw.

Nix, an Orlando lawyer, is in an August 28 Republican HD 47 primary battle with Winter Park businessman Stockton Reeves VI. The Democrats are fielding Planned Parenthood executive Anna Eskamani and Apopka real estate agent Lou Forges.

The district, being vacated by Republican state Rep. Mike Miller, who’s running for Congress, covers north-central Orange County from southern Winter Park through downtown Orlando to Belle Isle and Edgewood on the south side.

Other endorsements announced by Nix’s campaign include Belle Isle Commissioner Anthony Carugno; Edgewood Council members Richard Horn, Ben Pierce, and John Dowless [a political consultant already working on Nix campaign;] Winter Park Commissioner Pete Weldon; and former Winter Park Mayor Ken Bradley.

“I’m especially honored to have earned the support and endorsement of these leaders because they are the elected officials who are closest to the residents and understand the needs of District 47,” Nix stated in the release. “They want an effective and dedicated leader who will fight for the families and residents of our area, and that’s exactly what I intend to do.”

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.
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