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Joy Goff-Marcil kicks off HD 30 reelection bid

As of Tuesday afternoon, she is the only candidate seeking the seat.

State Rep. Joy Goff-Marcil was one of eight Democrats to flip a Republican-held House seat last year, and this week she took the first step to hang onto her House District 30 seat.

According to the Florida Division of Elections, Goff-Marcil opened a campaign account Monday to seek a second term in the Orange County district.

As of Tuesday afternoon, she is the only candidate seeking the seat. She could be in for a tough reelection, however.

The former Maitland City Councilwoman ousted Republican state Rep. Bob Cortes by six points in November, but that margin conceals the seat’s swing-district status.

Cortes defeated former Democratic Rep. Karen Castor Dentel by three points in 2014 and then held onto the seat with a six-point win of his own in 2016 despite the district voting blue by 8 points in the presidential election.

Still, the district, covering the inner-Orlando suburbs of Winter Park, Maitland, and Altamonte Springs, has been trending toward the Democratic party for years and currently has a five-point Democratic advantage in voter registration.a

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Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.

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