Election 2020: Democrat Geraldine Thompson wins a tight re-election race in Florida House District 44


  • Photo courtesy Gerlandine Thompson/Facebook
State Rep. Geraldine Thompson has won re-election to her seat in the Florida House representing District 44, which includes southwest Orange County, Windermere, Disney, parts of Winter Garden and Oakland.

It was a close race, but Thompson pulled ahead of her Republican opponent and political newcomer Bruno Portigliatti with 53 percent of the vote, or 61,531 votes, as of this writing.

Thompson, a Democrat, is a familiar face in Florida politics with over 40 years of governing and activism under her belt. She has served in both the Florida House and Senate, and is currently prioritizing an overhaul of the state’s broken unemployment system and Medicaid expansion.

In September, Thompson made headlines when she filed a lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis over his attempted appointment of an unqualified judge to Florida's Supreme Court. That same Supreme Court heard the case, and sided with Thompson.

This will be Thompson's second term representing House District 44.

Please follow CDC guidelines and Orange County advisories to stay safe, and please support this free publication. Our small but mighty team is working tirelessly to bring you news on how coronavirus is affecting Central Florida. Please consider making a one-time or monthly donation. Every little bit helps.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.