The fight for one of the biggest state house battleground districts, began tonight, with State Representative Bob Cortes (R-Altamonte Springs), surrounded by family and friends officially kicked off his reelection campaign for Florida House District 30.
After being introduced by State Representative Eric Eisnaugle (R-Orlando), Cortes took to the podium to address supporters…
“Thank you all for believing in me, believing I can do the job. Now, It’s time to do it again.” said Cortes “We get to run in 2016, it’s going to be a tough election. We have an opponent, he’s a trial lawyer, he’s going to raise money, he’s going to reach out to the constituency. I welcomed him to the race. I’m taking him seriously. We can’t do this without you. We have to get out, work and knock on doors. With that, I want to tell you, I’m Bob Cortes and I’m running for State House District 30 in 2016, and I need your help!”
The Attorney Cortes is referring to is Democrat Ryan Yadav, who also kicked off his campaign this evening. Activist Tiffany Namey is also expected to file before the end of the month. House District 30 consists of parts of Orange and Seminole counties and has flipped between the parties since being drawn in 2012. Both parties have made it a priority in 2016.
Elected officials on hand included, Eisnaugle, State Rep Mike Miller (R-Orlando), Orange County Commissioners Pete Clarke, Bryan Nelson, Seminole County Commissioners John Horan, Lee Constantine, Longwood Commissioners Mark Weller, John Maingot, Seminole County School Board Members Tina Calderone, Amy Lockhart, Karen Almond, Orange County Republican Executive Committee Chair Lew Oliver, among others that made appearances throughout the evening.