Three races in Seminole County worth watching tonight feature a former Marine, a non-profit executive and an incumbent under fire.
Pernell Bush, an MSW, is looking to become the first African-American man elected to the Seminole County Commission. He’s a military veteran running in District 5 and wants to limit the amount of time elected officials spend on the Commission.
Bush has raised a respectable $31,000 and has been endorsed by the Orlando Sentinel. His chief opponent, Andria Herr, has raised more than $200,000. She’s a registered Republican and matches with the political history of the Commission. A win by Bush would signal a significant change in Seminole County politics.
Pasha Baker is looking to unseat Rep. David Smith in District 28 for the State House. Baker has been endorsed by a number of important Democrats, like Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy and Nikki Fried, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture.
Baker has pulled in more than $156,000, and by way of her last report, has well over $100,000 left entering Election Day.
Smith, a well-known elected official in Seminole County, has a whopping $500,000 raised in his campaign account and has spent just about the same. The Republican Party wants to hang on to this seat, but Democrats are looking to push Baker to make history.
Lasty, Rep. Scott Plakon is running for his political life again. The Republican has raised nearly $400,000 and is fighting to keep state House District 29 red. His opponent, Democrat Tracy Kagan, is matching Plakon in fundraising. She has nearly $300,000 and getting help from the state Democratic Party.
If Baker, Bush, and Kagan win, it shows that Seminole turning to blue is spreading across Central Florida as the state’s demographics continue to change.