Joy Goff-Marcil Archives - Florida Politics
Bob Cortes

Florida GOP antes up for Bob Cortes’ re-election bid

Altamonte Springs Republican Rep. Bob Cortes posted his best campaign finance report of the 2018 cycle, increasing his already significant cash edge over Democratic challenger Joy Goff-Marcil.

The new report, which covers the first two weeks of September, shows $70,025 in receipts for the second-term lawmaker and nearly quadruples his heretofore record for a single fundraising report — $18,050 raised for the entire month of May.

Goff-Marcil, meanwhile, added $2,830 to her campaign account between Sept. 1 and Sept. 14. That sum represents a backslide from the $5,100 she raked in for the reporting period for the three days at the end of August following her victory in a three-way Democratic primary against Clark Anderson and Brandon Ramirez.

Her resounding primary win came in spite of national players such as George Soros making a strong, public push for Ramirez in the final days ahead of the election.

The bulk of Cortes’ new money was a $46,000 check from the Republican party of Florida, which has thrown tens of thousands of dollars into several Orlando-area state House seats, including a $50,000 check for Ben Griffin, an Orlando Republican who is challenging incumbent Democratic Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith in House District 49.

Cortes also reeled in a score of checks for the maximum campaign donation of $1,000, including contributions from telecom giant Comcast, Koch Industries, lobby firm The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners and lobbyist Ron Book.

Also sending in a max contribution was BusinessForce PC, an offshoot of the Orlando Chamber of Commerce that recently issued a bulk endorsement of a dozen state House candidates including Cortes.

Only $2,580 went out the door during the two-week stretch, leaving Cortes with nearly $205,000 left to spend out of the $236,800 he’s raised thus far. Goff-Marcil’s to-date fundraising total reached nearly $34,500 at the end of the reporting period, with around $10,850 banked.

HD 30 straddles the border of Seminole and Orange counties and includes the communities of Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Eatonville, Fern Park, Forest City, Goldenrod, Lockhart and Maitland. About two-thirds of HD 30 voters live on the Seminole side.

The district is home to slightly more Democratic voters than Republican ones, and it was one of only a handful of seats in 2016 to elect a Republican representative while voting in favor of Hillary Clinton at the top of the ticket.

Central Florida house district election debates: four on, three off

Updated with news of a House District 50 debate.

A Central Florida organization teaming with WFTV Channel 9 to produce elections debates for Orlando-area Florida House districts has firmed up four and has three others falling through because of lack of commitments from Republican candidates, an organizer said Friday.

Gregory Eisenberg, chief executive officer of The Commission on Local Debates, said Friday his group and Channel 9 had secured commitments allowing them to produce debates for House District 30, between Republican state Rep. Bob Cortes and his Democratic challenger Maitland City Councilwoman Joy Goff-Marcil; for House District 44 between Republican state Rep. Bobby Olszewski and his Democratic challenger former state Sen. Geraldine Thompson; for House District 48 between Democratic state Rep. Amy Mercado and her Republican challenger George Chandler. and for House District 50 between Republican state Rep. Rene Plasencia and his Democratic challenger Pam Dirschka.

The debates will be filmed in the TV station’s studios and made available to other media. Dates and times are yet to be announced.

Efforts to organize debates for three other races, in House Districts 31, 47, and 49, have fallen through, Eisenberg said.

In HD 31, the Democratic challenger Debra Kaplan said yes, while Republican state Rep. Jennifer Sullivan said no, he said.

In HD 47, Democratic nominee Anna Eskamani said yes, while Republican nominee Stockton Reeves did not respond to requests, he said.

In HD 49, Democratic state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith said yes, while Republican challenger Ben Griffin said no, he said.

“It is very disappointing for me personally as a former candidate,” said Eisenberg, who ran unsuccessfully for the Orange County Commission in 2016. “I’m of the opinion that if you are going to run for office, you should be willing to air your viewpoints.”

Central Florida Republicans start House general campaigns with strong financial edges

Several Central Florida Republican Florida House candidates entered the fall general election with solid financial advantages over their Democratic challengers.

That was the case with several House incumbent members seeking re-election and also is the case for David Smith who is running to win an open seat for Florida’s House District 28. It’s not the case with Democrats, excepting Anna Eskamani.

Neither Smith, a Winter Springs business consultant, nor Democratic nominee Lee Mangold, a Casselberry cyber-security business owner, had a primary challenge in HD 28 in northeast Seminole County. So both enter the fall stretch without having had to spend much, and Smith enters with a decided advantage in campaign cash.

Smith, who lent his campaign $85,000 to start, also had raised $146,000 through more than 1,300 contributions. Even though he spent considerably this year he still came through last Tuesday’s primary season with $136,118 left in the bank, according to the most recent campaign finance reports available through the Florida Division of Elections, covering activity through Aug. 23, the final report before the primary.

Mangold entered the general election campaign season with $15,265, built from a fairly robust 367 donations, plus $10,000 he lent his own campaign, minus more than $21,000 he has spent so far on his campaign.

Smith’s $120,000 campaign finance advantage was the third-best cushion heading into the fall election of any Central Florida Florida House candidates, behind only Democrat Eskamani and Republican state Rep. Bob Cortes, who also did not have primary challengers.

In House District 47 race in Orange County, first-time candidate Eskamani of Orlando reported having raised more than $309,000 in her official campaign fund and another $36,000 in an independent political campaign, putting her about $300,000 ahead of Republican nominee Stockton Reeves VI of Winter Park, who had to win a primary to enter the fall campaign. On Tuesday she reported that her next reports will put her over $350,000 raised. Reeves, who had to win a tough Republican primary, entered the fall with about $41,000 in his account.

Cortes, of Altamonte Springs, enters the fall campaign with $135,081 in the bank for the HD 30 race in south Seminole and north Orange counties. His Democratic opponent, Maitland City Councilwoman Joy Goff-Marcil, emerged from a highly competitive three-way Democratic primary with just $3,657 left in her campaign account.

Republican state Reps. Scott Plakon of Sanford in Seminole County’s House District 29 and Bobby Olszewski of Winter Garden in Orange County’s House District 44, who also had no primary challenges while their Democratic opponents did, also emerged into the fall with sizable money advantages.

That wasn’t the case across the board. Several incumbent Florida House members who had primary challengers enter the fall campaign a bit financially spent, including state Rep. Thad Altman of Indialantic in District 52 in Brevard County, who spent so much to win his primary that his autumn opponent, Democrat Seeta Begui of Melbourne, a first-time candidate, actually starts the fall campaign with more than a $3,000 campaign money advantage in the bank, according to reports through Aug. 23.

None of the Democratic members of the Florida House seeking re-election enter the fall with much financial advantage.

First-time Republican candidate Ben Griffin of Orlando was given $50,000 by the Republican Party of Florida to run against Democratic state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith of Orlando in House District 49 in Orange County, and Griffin raised only another $3,260 on his own. Still, Smith starts the fall campaign with only a $15,476 advantage.

In House District 48 in Orange County, Democratic state Rep. Amy Mercado‘s Republican opponent has raised no money, but she hasn’t raised much either. So Mercado, of Orlando, enters the fall campaign with a $17,262 campaign finance advantage over George Chandler of Orlando.

Among the other Central Florida races for the Florida House:

— Plakon entered the fall HD 29 campaign in Seminole County with $98,541 in the bank, compared with $8,582 for Democrat Tracey Kagan of Longwood.

— Republican state Rep. Jennifer Sullivan of Mout Dora entered the fall campaign for HD 30 with $53,827 in the bank in the House District 31 race in Lake and Orange counties, compared with $6,264 for Democrat Debra Kaplan of Eustis.

— Republican state Rep. Mike La Rosa of St. Cloud had $81,894 in his campaign account entering the fall House District 42 race in Osceola County, compared with $25,392 for Democratic challenger Barbara Cady of Kissimmee.

— Olszewski came into the fall with $120,166 in the HD 44 contest, while former state Sen. Geraldine Thompson of Orlando, who had to win a Democratic primary, enters with $9,532, according to reports through Aug. 23.

— Republican state Rep. Rene Plasencia of Orlando had to spend big to stave off a primary challenger, and so he entered the fall with just $36,309 to defend his House District 50 seat in east Orange County and north Brevard County, while Democrat Pam Dirschka of Titusville came into the fall campaign with $7,745 in the bank.

Tyler Sirois of Merritt Island, who also had to spend big to win a Republican primary. He came into the fall House District 51 race in north Brevard County with just $12,460 in the bank, compared with $7,152 for Democrat Mike Blake of Cocoa.

Email insights: Ruth’s List celebrates ‘historic’ primary election wins

A few hours after the polls closed in Tuesday’s primary election, Ruth’s List Florida sent out an email touting “historic victories” for women candidates it supported across the state.

Ruth’s List, co-founded by former CFO Alex Sink, works to elected pro-choice women in Florida. And while they didn’t score a victory in the top-billed race of the evening — the group supported Gwen Graham for Governor — more than two dozen Ruth’s List-backed candidates claimed victory last night.

“Ruth’s List has invested years recruiting and training Democratic pro-choice women to seek and serve in local office.  We are building the bench of the next generation of leaders in Florida. Last night we helped elect a record number of women up and down the ballot all across the State,” said Pam Goodman, president and CEO of Ruth’s List Florida.

The top win cited by the group was Nikki Fried’s dominant victory in the three-way Democratic primary for Agriculture Commissioner. Goodman said Fried, an attorney and medical marijuana advocate, can expect “heavy investments” in her general election battle against Republican nominee Matt Caldwell, who scored a 8-point win in the four-way GOP battle to succeed Adam Putnam.

“Florida needs her and knows it’s time to end 20 years of Republican rule,” Goodman said.

In the state Senate, Ruth’s List backed Gainesville physician Kayser Enneking for SD 8, a pivotal seat being targeted as part of Florida Democrats’ strategy to flip the state Senate, where Republicans hold a 23-16 majority.

Enneking scored an 18-point win despite a late-in-the-game “dark money” campaign that Ruth’s List said was designed to elect the weaker opponent, Olysha Magruder.

“Dirty tricks from the Republican play book are sadly part of politics in Florida.  Voters know it and won’t stand for it.  We look forward to picking up this long held Republican seat in the fall with a pro-choice health care expert,” Goodman stated.

In the state House, the group celebrated primary wins by women who moving on to general election battles in the fall. Victors getting a shout out: Dotie Joseph in HD 108, Joy Goff-Marcil in HD 30, Cindy Polo in HD 103 and Tracey Kagan in HD 29.

“Ruth’s List is thrilled tonight and tomorrow will get back at it.  Floridians are ready to fight for a clean environment, a fully funded public education system and the health care we all deserve.  These women candidates will be elected, with our efforts making significant contributions in the Fall and a new day will dawn in Florida” Goodman concluded.

A full list of Ruth’s List-backed candidates is available on the group’s website.

The general election is Nov. 6

Democrats’ Florida House Victory backs Brendan Ramirez in HD 30

The Democrats’ Florida House Victory political committee is backing Brendan Ramirez in the three-way Democratic primary to run in House Disrict 30.

The endorsement, from the campaign arm of the Florida House Democrats, comes in a highly-contested primary that includes a sitting city councilwoman from Maitland who’s been campaigning for six months, and a cyber-security expert who’s been running for nine months. Ramirez, of Orlando, entered the race in late June.

Ramirez, who runs a mental health care clinic, faces Maitland City Councilwoman Joy Goff-Marcil and Clark Anderson of Winter Park, in a party battle for a shot at Republican state Rep. Bob Cortes.

Anderson expressed mild frustration Friday that the party was weighing in a few days before the primary after, he said, he had received assurances early on that it would treat all candidates fairly. Goff-Marcil’s campaign declined to comment.

It’s not been a good week for either of them; earlier this week a political committee backed by New York billionaire George Soros jumped in, backing Ramirez.

One reason the party might be getting behind Ramirez: an internal poll conducted by Change Research early this month showed Ramirez leading Cortes by seven points.

“Brendan Ramirez understands the importance of expanding health care resources for hard working families,” incoming Florida House Minority Leader Kionne McGhee stated in a news release issued by the Victory Fund. “His record of delivering critical mental health resources to Floridians is needed in Tallahassee.”

Democrats hold a two-point voter registration advantage in the district, which covers south-central Seminole County and north-central Orange County. Florida House House Victory stated in the news release that it has identified the seat as one that can be flipped to Democrats.

“I’m thrilled to have earned the support of Florida House Victory,” Ramirez stated in the news release. “I’m committed to fighting for affordable healthcare, housing, and stronger environmental protections for the families of House District 30. Now more than ever, this district deserves someone they can count on.”

George Soros weighs in on HD 30 Democratic primary

A political action committee fully funded by New York billionaire and progressive financier George Soros is pushing Brendan Ramirez in the Florida House District 30 Democratic primary.

United for Progress Political Action Committee dropped at least two mailers late last week touting Ramirez as “Progressive Leader. Health Care Champion.”

It was sent to Democrats in HD 30 in advance of the Aug. 28 Democratic primary.

Ramirez, who runs an Orlando-based mental health care facility, was a filing-deadline week entry into the HD 30 race in late June.

He faces Clark Anderson of Casselberry and Maitland City Councilwoman Joy Goff-Marcil in the Democratic primary.

The winner will take on Republican state Rep. Bob Cortes in November. The district covers south-central Seminole County and north-central Orange County.

Ramirez said Monday that his campaign has not coordinated with United For Progress, and that he knows very little about the mailers.

Since the PAC was opened two years ago it has raised $900,000, all of it in direct contributions from Soros. This summer it has paid for some polling and research, but the only direct campaign activity has been on behalf of Ramirez, $9,429 spent on mailers on Aug. 9, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

That’s about as much as Ramirez’s official campaign has managed to spend through the Aug. 10 campaign finance reporting period: $9,601.

The PAC has weighed in on Central Florida races before. In 2016 United For Progress backed then-state Rep. Vic Torres in Senate District 15 election, which he won; Emily Bonilla for the Orange County Board of Commissioners District 5 election, which she won; and Benny Valentin in Florida House District 42, and Beth Tuura in Florida House District 47. Valentin and Tuura both lost. The PAC also backed some Democrats in South Florida, and Soros used another PAC to campaign for Aramis Ayala, who won the election to become Florida’s 9th Judicial Circuit State Attorney.

Anderson contended that the strategy for the mailers might actually be to support the candidacy of Goff-Marcil, not Ramirez, under the thinking that Ramirez could draw votes from Anderson, boosting Goff-Marcil’s chances in the three-way contest.

“This is just a continuation of this, our supposed head of the Florida House Victory Fund, [Democratic state Rep.] Amy Mercado, and Victor Torres have been working with Soros on a number of things. This is to split the vote and get their candidate, Joy, in,” Anderson charged.

“I’m from Chicago. It’s politics,” Anderson added. And then, “The way I counter that is I’m actually knocking on doors.”

Mercado responded, “I have nothing to do with Soros, but I’m honored that Anderson thinks I have that kind of sway. What he needs to do is focus on his message and race. That is a competitive primary.”

Torres said “those are my sentiments as well, exactly.”

Goff-Marcil said she had no contact with the PAC or anyone coordinating for it, and knew nothing about it, other than having received the mailers herself. She added, “I’m just working hard on my campaign.”

Voter registration trends suggest tougher races for Mike La Rosa, Bob Cortes

Democrats’ voter registration gains in greater Orlando is spelling bigger challenges for several Republicans running in GOP-held Florida House seats.

It includes state Reps. Mike La Rosa and Bob Cortes, whose districts are turning bluer as they seek re-elections this fall.

In many ways, Central Florida mirrors statewide trends in the era of President Donald Trump, with Democratic voters increasing as percentages of the electorates in urban and, increasingly, in suburban areas. Republicans are gaining voters in more outlying areas that may be parts of the metropolitan media market but center more on smaller cities such as Melbourne, Daytona Beach, and Leesburg.

Democrats are seeing improved chances for their ambitions to knock off Republicans in the immediate Sanford-Orlando-Kissimmee corridor and gaining more advantage in their safe urban districts. However, in a few areas farther from the urban core, Republican voter bases are growing. That’s solidifying the GOP’s holds for such seats as House District 52 in north Brevard County and House District 25 in Volusia County, and also making inroads in more purple areas such as House District 27 in western Volusia.

La Rosa’s House District 42, which includes part of Kissimmee but otherwise covers huge, mostly rural parts of Osceola County and some of east Polk County and a few small towns, is a bit of an exception. That’s due in large part to the swell of Democratic voters throughout Osceola County.

Republicans have lost almost two percentage points of the HD 42 voter base in the latest book closings for the Aug. 28 primary compared with the 2016 primary. As a result, Democrats in that previously purple district now have almost a 6-point advantage over Republicans in voter registrations.

Democratic HD 42 nominee Barbara Cady said she’s sensing that on the campaign trail, saying voter turnout will be critical to her hopes to unseat La Rosa.

“I think it’s going really good. the campaign is terrific. … I think we have a good chance in November,” said the Democratic activist from Kissimmee. “I have a cautious, optimistic sense that it’s just about voter turnout, and that’s what we’re focusing on. If they come out to the polls, we have a really good chance.”

Yet  La Rosa, of St. Cloud, is a well-known figure; a three-term representative who has won easy re-elections; chairman of the House Tourism Gaming Control and Tourism Subcommittee; and an active fundraiser, who’s outraised Cady $158,000 to $42,000.

He said things are going well for his campaign.

“Of course the district is changing. It’s been changing since Day 1 for me, and I just do what I need to do to represent the district,” La Rosa said.

As Osceola turns deep blue throughout and HD 42, taking in most of the more conservative areas, is turning pale blue. The latest voter numbers show the HD 42 voter base to be 37 percent Democrat, 31 percent Republican, and 32 percent independent.

Cortes’ House District 30 in south-central Seminole County is following the lead of that county’s voter base, where Democrats have made the most significant gains, relative to Republicans, since 2016. Democrats picked up two percentage points in HD 30, and now have almost a 4-point advantage there, 37.4 percent to 33.5 percent.

Cortes, a two-term lawmaker from Altamonte Springs who is reportedly on U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis’ short list of possible Lieutenant Governor running mates, awaits the Democratic primary to see whom he will face in November. The Democratic battle is between Maitland City Councilwoman Joy Goff-Marcil, Brendan Ramirez, and Clark Anderson.

Others where Republican voters slipped as percentages of their districts’ overall electorates: Seminole County districts represented by Republicans, House District 28 with Jason Brodeur and House District 29 with Scott Plakon.

Also feeling the pinch are three Orange County districts represented by Republicans, House District 44 with Bobby Olszewski, House District 47 with Mike Miller, and House District 50 (split between Orange and Brevard counties) with Rene Plasencia.

Miller is not seeking re-election in HD 47. Democrats are running activist Anna Eskamani, while lawyer Mikaela Nix and businessman Stockton Reeves VI are battling toward the Aug. 28 Republican primary.

The other four Republican-held districts in Orange and Seminole still have more Republican voters than Democratic voters, but the gaps are shrinking.

In HD 28, where Brodeur is not running for re-election, and where Republican David Smith will be facing Democrat Lee Mangold, Republicans’ advantage is now five percentage points, down from seven.

In HD 29, Plakon’s 8-point advantage for Republican voters in 2016 is down to 5 points. He awaits the winner of a Darryl BlockTracey Kagan Democratic primary.

In HD 44, Olszewski’s district, Republican voters had almost a 6-point advantage in 2016, and that’s down to 3. He awaits the winner of the Melanie GoldGeraldine Thompson Democratic primary.

In HD 50, Republicans’ advantage has slipped by almost 2 points, and they now have an advantage of 36 percent to 34 percent for Democrats. Plasencia’s facing his own primary challenge from Republican George Collins, with Democrat Pam Dirschka waiting for next.

Only one Central Florida seat held by Democrats saw any shrinkage of its Democratic voter base compared with Republicans, but that’s a relatively safe seat in Volusia County, House District 26, held by Democratic state Rep. Patrick Henry. Even with a 2-point swing toward Republicans in the past two years, the district still is 41 percent Democrat and 30 percent Republican, by voter registration.

Most of the deep-red or deep-blue Central Florida districts got more so in the past two years.

In Republican strongholds, state Rep. Thad Altman’s advantage in House District 52 in Brevard County has increased to slightly, with Republican voters now up 19 percentage points over Democrats. State Rep. Jennifer Sullivan‘s House District 32 in Lake County plus a corner of northwest Orange County, saw Republicans edge up toward a 14 point advantage in voter rolls. House District 51, held in Brevard County by state Rep. Tom Goodson but featuring a Republican primary battle this year between Tyler Sirois and Cocoa Mayor Henry Parrish, saw Republican voters’ increase to an 11 percent advantage over Democrats.

In Democratic strongholds, state Reps. Bruce Antone in House District 46 in Orange County; John Cortes, in House District 43 in Osceola County; and Kamia Brown, in House District 45 in Orange County, do not have Republican opponents. Here’s why: Democratic voters expanded their dominance in each of those districts to way more than 30 points greater than the percentages of Republican voters.

In partisan contested races, state Rep. Amy Mercado‘s District 48 in Orange County tipped a bit further toward Democrats, who now have a 30-point lead over Republicans there; and state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith‘s House District 49 in Orange County saw Democratic advantage grow to be 15 percentage points better than Republicans in voter registration.

Joy Goff-Marcil endorsed by Alex Sink

Democratic Florida House of Representatives candidate Joy Goff-Marcil has received the endorsement of former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink in the House District 30 race.

“Joy has served her hometown of Maitland thoughtfully as their Vice Mayor and on the council where she had to tackle difficult decisions. She did so by asking the right questions and by making her vote about her entire community, not just a few voices. We need that call to action at the state level,” the Democrats’ 2010 gubernatorial nomineee stated in a news release issued by Goff-Marcil’s campaign.

“Joy is someone who will represent the interests of all of us, not just special interests. I applaud her passion for public education, clean waterways, sensible gun legislation and small businesses. I know with her ability to work with all sides we will take back our state and put all Floridians first again,” Sink added.

Goff-Marcil, a member of the Maitland City Council, is in an Aug. 28 Democratic primary battle with Clark Anderson of Winter Park and Brendan Ramirez of Orlando for the nomination to run in HD 30 against Republican incumbent state Rep. Bob Cortes of Altamonte Springs. The district straddles the countyline to include parts of south-central Seminole County and north-central Orange County.

“Joy is thrilled to have received Alex Sink’s endorsement,” her campaign stated.

Joy Goff-Marcil focuses on public education, pre-emption in first digital ad

Democratic Florida House of Representatives candidate Joy Goff-Marcil is launching her first internet video advertisement for House District 30, focusing principally on her support for public schools and her concerns over Tallahassee’s effort to pre-empt local powers.

A little over two minutes, the video features Goff-Marcil, a Maitland city councilwoman, standing outside the fence of Lake Sybelia Elementary School, talking at length about her concerns about what the Florida Legislature has done to public schools funding, with mentions of other school issues, and a roundup of concerns about state pre-emption of school boards and local governments.

Goff-Marcil faces Clark Anderson and Brendan Ramirez in the Aug. 28 Democratic primary in HD 30. The winner takes on incumbent Republican state Rep. Bob Cortes.

“I will fight to fully fund public schools, invest in teachers, and take away the emphasis on standardized testing,” she pledges in the video. “I do not believe that we should use taxpayers’ money for private school vouchers. I do not believe that teachers should be armed.”

As she talks, the video breaks away for brief images of at least six other public schools in HD 30, which overlays parts of both the Orange County School District and the Seminole County School District.

She also talks about how, on the Maitland City Council since 2013, she’s “seen how the state legislature launched an assault on our home rule,” with state pre-emptions ranging from tree canopies to “how we regulate our businesses and established downtowns.”

HD 30 covers south-central Seminole and north-central Orange, including parts of Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Casselberry, Maitland, Eatonville, and Winter Park.

Betty Castor endorses Joy Goff-Marcil in HD 30 race

Former Florida Education Secretary and former University of South Florida President Betty Castor is endorsing Maitland City Councilwoman Joy Goff-Marcil in her quest to be elected to the state House District 30 seat.

“Joy has contributed years at the local level volunteering her time to her community while also working as a mother, lawyer and city councilwoman,” Castor stated in an endorsement note Goff-Marcil posted on Facebook. “She works with everyone to bring better solutions and opportunities to her local schools and community. She will serve her district well.”

Goff-Marcil faces Clark Anderson of Winter Park and Brendan Ramirez of Orlando in the Aug. 28 Democratic primary. The winner takes on Republican incumbent state Rep. Bob Cortes of Alamonte Springs.

Castor’s daughter, Karen Castor-Dentel, was the last Democrat to be elected in HD 30, which covers south Seminole County and a piece of north-central Orange County. Castor-Dentel was elected in 2012 and deated by Cortes in 2014.

Castor’s enorsement follows several other recent endorsements Goff-Marcil has picked up including from Ruth’s List, EMILY’s List and Action Alliance for Progress.

Show Buttons
Hide Buttons