Chris Cause, who currently works as a teacher at a juvenile correction facility in Barstow, has entered the race to challenge Rep. Josie Tomkow in House District 39.
“I work every day to get my students to see the true value of education and inspire them to change their lives for the better,” Cause said in a statement announcing his decision to run as a Democrat.
“I want to use that same passion to improve the lives of the citizens in District 39, and the entire state of Florida.” The district includes parts of Osceola and Polk counties.
Cause said the issues of education, health care and traffic will be his top priorities should he reach the Florida House. That could be a difficult task for Cause, however, as the district has gone Republican by at least 17 percentage points in the last two elections.
Tomkow took over the seat after winning a special election in May 2018. That special election was called after Rep. Neil Combee resigned to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Tomkow was reelected in 2018, defeating Democrat Ricky Shirah by 17 points.
“It was clear to me from the onset that this bright, educated, and capable young man would be willing and able to be a public servant as an elected official,” Sutherland said.
“I have now worked with him as a fellow officer in the Polk County DEC. This has reinforced my opinion that he is reliable, resourceful, and personable. I strongly support Mr. Cause’s decision to run for the house legislative seat of HD 39. I have confidence that he will serve the best interests of Floridians.”