Former Commissioner Linda Stewart running for State Senate 19

The State Senate 19 Race is going to be fun to watch.

As reported by the Orlando Sentinel earlier today, Former Orange County Commissioner Linda Stewart has decided to run for the Florida State Senate in District 19. Gary Siplin is currently serving his final term there.

It was first reported by this blog that Linda Stewart was building a campaign team for a run at higher office but, did not disclose what office that was going to be.

Now entering, what is bound to be one of the more competitive races in the region. The two term Democrat joins a crowded field with members of her own party, that include Siplin’s wife Victoria and termed out State Rep. Geraldine Thompson.

Stewart came in 3rd in the Orange County Mayoral primary last year. Underfunded and running a grassroots campaign that saw her “Getting Out The Vote” on her caravan, Stewart did better than expected narrowly missing the cut for the runoff last November.

She’s an advocate for the environment and LGBT rights, as well as a favorite in the Hispanic community. Stewart brings a built in supporter base that should keep her competitive in this race.

Stewart has made the call to run for State Senate