The State House race in Seminole County’s District 29 is heating up—a dramatic change in a district where there hasn’t been a competitive Democratic primary for more than a decade.
On Wednesday, local mother of three and veteran criminal defense attorney Tracey Kagan announced she is running in the Democratic primary for a seat in the Florida legislature in November.
“I was galvanized by the Parkland shooting to get off the sidelines and take action to protect our children,” says Kagan, a Seminole County resident of more than 20 years who joins a record number of women running for office nationwide this fall. “With three daughters of my own, all of whom have come up through Seminole County schools, I can no longer stand by passively amid the public safety crisis of gun violence.”
In addition to common-sense gun reform, Kagan is running on a progressive platform that supports public education, health care access, the economy and our natural resources.
Kagan started her career as a public defender in New York City, and after moving to Florida she worked in the Seminole County State Attorney’s office. A successful criminal defense attorney for the past 20 years, Tracey has represented hundreds of Floridians. Her expertise with the criminal justice system has given her an understanding of the challenges faced by law enforcement, social workers, mental health professionals and all those who are working to improve our community.
Kagan is on the board of the Jewish Pavilion, a support service for seniors in the Longwood/Central Florida area. She also serves on the Leadership Committee of SPARK, an organization that fosters education and empowerment among Orlando Jewish women.
Kagan will face Darryl Block in the Democratic primary. District 29—which covers most of western Seminole County, including Wekiwa Springs, Longwood, Heathrow, Lake Mary and western Sanford—has not had a Democratic face-off in the primaries since before the area was redistricted. In the 2016 election there was no Democrat running at all, and the Republican incumbent, Scott Plakon, ran unopposed.
“Like so many of moms across the country, I believe the time is right to join the fight to protect our children,” says Kagan. “I also believe that mothers have been vastly underrepresented in our Florida legislature for far too long. I’m grateful that’s finally starting to change—and I’m proud to be part of that change.”
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