With Representative Bruce Antone termed out in 2020, a new candidate has emerged to run for the soon-to-be vacated seat. Travaris McCurdy, former aide to Senator Randolph Bracy and Geraldine Thompson when she was a state senator, McCrudy has filed to replace Antone next year in District 46.
While he hasn’t released details of his platform, McCurdy isn’t new to Orange County politics. According to Florida Politics, McCurdy formerly served as deputy political director for For Our Future and has helped on varied campaigns in Orlando, including that of Commissioner Regina Hill.
Because his candidacy is so new, McCurdy has yet to report any campaign finance activity.
In addition to McCurdy, Cynthia Harris, who has run for the Orlando City Commission the past two city election cycles, has declared her candidacy as well. Harris first ran for office in 2014 for the Orlando City Commission in District 5. She was defeated by current Commissioner Regina Hill but tried again in 2017.
Hill got the best of Harris again, but like most candidates, Harris wasn’t deterred and is running again. So far, she’s raised $320 and has no reported campaign expenditures. Because the race for District 46 is more than one year away, there is still plenty of time for more candidates to emerge.
The last time this seat was open, it elicited five candidates in 2012, and with the same situation presenting itself in 2020, it may attract the same amount this time around.
Antone hasn’t announced if he has any future political plans. The legislator is on his second go round in Tallahassee, and with the exception of District 6 on the Orlando City Commission, there are no open seats as of yet for Antone to fill in.