Orange County has three Florida Senators, representing Districts 11, 13, and 15, all of them Democrats. State senators serve four-year terms, and are term-limited to eight years — the better to ensure lobbyists and political parties can replace them, rather than letting the citizens keep senators they like. Oh, Florida!
Florida Senate District 11
Randolph Bracy – Democrat, Orlando (Incumbent)
Photo via Randolph Bracy III for Florida Senate
Florida Sen. Randolph Bracy III
Occupation: One-term Florida state senator, business owner
Legislative priorities if re-elected include fixing Florida’s broken unemployment system, reforming the criminal justice system, expanding Medicaid
Serves on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice as Vice Chair
Joshua Eli Adams
Anti-gun control, anti-abortion and anti-hairstyles being a “civil right”
Ready to “defend First Amendment speech rights against those in academia, media and politics who seek to silence conservatives”
"Do not allow sanctuary cities in Florida"
"Refocus commitment to short and long term institutionalization of those suffering Habitual Homelessness, Drunkenness, Substance Abuse, Mental Illness, and other Violent Sycosis" [sic]
"Defend Florida’s coastline through beach restoration and flood mitigation."
Florida Senate District 13
Linda Stewart – Democrat, Orlando (Incumbent)
Photo via News Service of Florida
State Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando
Occupation: State senator, former state representative
Long record of service to her district
Serves on committees for Appropriations, Commerce and Tourism, and Infrastructure and Security
Josh Anderson – Republican, Orlando
First-time candidate, mentored by Longwood mayor Matt Morgan
Moderate Republican balancing fiscal conservatism with environmental concerns, criminal justice reforms and the need to revamp Florida’s unemployment system
Florida Senate District 15
Victor M. Torres Jr.
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Florida Sen. Vic Torres
– Democrat, Orlando (Incumbent)
Occupation: State senator
Will be term-limited out in 2024
Serves on committees for Education, Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee
Strong ties to organized labor and workers’ rights issues
Priorities include expanding Medicaid, overhauling Florida’s unemployment system, raising the minimum wage
image via Mike James website
'Candidate is dressed like superhero in illustration on website'
Mike James – NPA, Kissimmee
Occupation: Diesel truck and trailer repair, first-time candidate
“Fight socialism at every corner”
Candidate is dressed like superhero in illustration on website
Louis T. Minnis Jr. – Republican, Gotha
Occupation: Retired sheriff's deputy
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, and has lived in Orlando since 1987
Minnis supports restrictions on abortions
"Everyone, including our black and hispanic citizens deserve equal protection under the law related to our criminal justice system, including law enforcement. After serving 21 years of service as an [sic] black law enforcement deputy for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando, Florida – Lou Minnis developed an understanding on both sides."
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