[Orlando, FL] Democrats across the state were no doubt disappointed to learn on Tuesday afternoon that State Representative Scott Randolph (D-36/Orlando) has decided not to seek a fourth term.
The end result of this year’s redistricting played a big part in his decision.
“Three-fourths of the residents in the new state House district in which I reside are individuals I have not previously represented,” said Randolph through a statement.
Randolph will instead turn his focus on strengthening the Orange County Democratic Party for the upcoming 2012 election cycle (he is the chair). Randolph also indicated that he is running for the statewide office of Chair of the Florida Democratic Party in January 2013.
“The residents of Florida House District 36 in Central Florida have honored me with their trust and support,” said Randolph. “I have been truly privileged to fight for the beliefs of my neighbors … and to stand against the radical agenda of the current legislative leadership in Tallahassee.”
Randolph has been one of if not the most outspoken member of the opposition party during his six-year stint in state government.
“For six years, I fought back against a radical agenda that continues to shift the tax burden to the middle class, that has shrunk Florida’s commitment to spending on Florida’s students in public schools, and which has led an unrelenting attack on women and all of Florida’s families,” he said.
While Randolph’s vacancy leaves some big shoes to fill, he feels that the party has found a someone with a big enough political footprint: Former Orange County Commissioner Linda Stewart.
“An excellent candidate has been recruited that I know will continue to fight back against Rick Scott’s agenda,” Randolph said of Chapin. “I proudly endorse Linda Stewart as the Democratic candidate in Florida House District 47.”
Randolph has also pledged to help Chapin’s election efforts.
“I am confident that she will stand against Rick Scott’s penchant for gutting public education and the rewarding of cronies with special-interest tax breaks and government contracts. ”
By: Adam Rousso/Sunshine Slate
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