Dwight Dudley

Florida
State Representative, District 68
2014
Incumbent
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Dwight Dudley is serving his first term in the Florida House of Representatives.
 
He graduated from Florida State University and later its law school.  He then worked as a legislative aide in the Florida House. He later worked as an Assistant Public Defender in the Felony Division in St. Petersburg. 
 
Practicing law with his own law firm for 16 years, he understands both the importance of justice and the challenges of running a small business. Dwight was elected in 2012 because he had a progressive vision and the government experience to represent all Floridians.
Ricardo Rangel

Florida
State Representative, District 43
2014
Incumbent
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Ricardo Rangel was elected to State House District 43 in 2012.  Ricardo is a second-generation NCO veteran of the U.S. Army.  Following his honorable discharge, Ricardo continued to serve the public through community activism. 
 
In recognition of his activism, Ricardo was awarded the "Emerging Leaders Award" by the Central Brevard NAACP and the "National Leadership Award" by the Business Council. Ricardo is also active in politics and local government. He was instrumental in passing Amendments 5 and 6 in Brevard County to ensure fair federal and state legislative districts.  He served on the Citizens Advisory Board and the Zoning Board of Adjustment for the City of Melbourne.  In 2003, his peers elected him as "Florida Young Democrat of the Year."
 
Joe Saunders

Florida
State Representative, District 49
2014
Incumbent
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Joe Saunders is serving his first term in the Florida House of Representatives.  When he took office in 2012, he became one of the first two openly gay members of the Florida Legislature.
 
In 2003, while a student at University of Central Florida, Joe organized rallies and press conferences following a gay hate crime. While at UCF, Joe served as Chair of the UCF Progressive Council and President of the UCF LGBT Student Union. For the past seven years, he has worked with Equality Florida, fighting for policies to protect citizens from discrimination. He is also involved with the Orange County Democratic Party.
 
Geraldine Thompson

Florida
State Senate, District 12
2014
Incumbent
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Geraldine Thompson is serving her first term in the Florida state Senate.  She has devoted her life to advocating for the rights of women, children, minorities and the disadvantaged. 
 
After receiving an undergraduate degree from the University of Miami in 1970 and a Master of Science Degree from the Florida State University in 1973, Geraldine worked as a teacher for six years in the Orange County Public Schools. She later served as Director of Equal Opportunity and Assistant to the President of Valencia College. 
 
In 2006, she was elected to the Florida House of Representatives District 39. She is the first African-American female to represent Orange County. During her service in the House, Geraldine filed legislation to increase access to health care and fund breast cancer research. Her colleagues elected her to serve as Democratic Leader Pro Tempore, the second-highest ranking Democrat in the Florida House, in 2008.
 
Karen Castor Dentel

Florida
State Representative, District 30
2014
Incumbent
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Karen Castor Dentel is serving her first term in the Florida House of Representatives. She is a mother, educator and activist. 
 
Karen has taught in Orange County Public Schools for more than a decade. She is a member of the Florida Education Association.
 
Karen's family's political roots go deep. Her mother, Betty Castor, served in the Florida Senate and as state Education Commissioner. Her sister, Kathy Castor, has represented Florida’s 11th Congressional District since 2007. Her brother, Frank Castor, a Palm Beach County judge, was elected in 2006, and her father, Don Castor, retired from the bench in Hillsborough County in 1996. 
John Paul Alvarez

Florida
State Representative, District 100
2014
Open Seat
http://www.JohnPaulAlvarez.com
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John Paul Alvarez is running for Florida House of Representatives in District 100.  He is currently the Communications Director for the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus. John Paul is currently teaching in Hollywood; he was previously awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award. If elected, John Paul would be the first Latino state representative in Broward County.