Business Consultant David Dwyer filed to run for Florida State House 30 last week, and today I spoke with the newest candidate in one of the most exciting races in Central Florida. He sent out this statement a short while ago.
“This District as many others throughout Florida and the US is still recovering economically; but that recovery has been too slow – we need men and women who have strong backgrounds in business ownership and the current work environment. These current issues require an understanding of Economics in real-life situations from the Government to Businesses, right down to the individual level. I am that candidate – I want to explore and understand why we’re not recovering quicker and represent the concerns of the small business men and women; doing my part to bring by actually listening and taking action. I’m the Representative that listens… then takes action.”
The incumbent in District 30 is School Teacher Karen Castor-Dentel. Republicans have tagged D30 as a seat they believe they can win back, and write off the Maitland Democrat’s 2012 victory as one of that rode President Barack Obama’s coat tails last November. She’ll have a tough fight this time with mid-term voting trends favoring Republicans.
First Dwyer has to enter what has already been a bitter primary that has moved the election cycle timetable up about 9 months. Longwood Commissioner and Business Owner Bob Cortes has been busy fundraising and has secured a lot of key endorsements from sitting State Lawmakers. He’s been going back and forth quietly with Seminole Soil and Water Committeeman and fellow Businessman Scott Sturgill, who has been busy fundraising and trying to secure the support from key Republicans in District. Dwyer makes this a 3 way primary and will have to create space for himself to make an impact.
There is still plenty of time until primary night, and a 3 candidate primary often opens the door to even more potential candidates, that believe if they can win a portion of the district that’s just big enough with this many candidates, they can win.