Election 2012: Veteran legislators win reelection to state House, Senate

Kathleen Passidomo

Kathleen Passidomo

Matt Hudson

Matt Hudson

Florida State Representative Carlos Trujillo visited Naples for the Fourth of July Parade. - Share your patriotic photos and videos from all the local Fourth of July celebrations at http://participate.naplesnews.com/

Florida State Representative Carlos Trujillo visited Naples for the Fourth of July Parade. - Share your patriotic photos and videos from all the local Fourth of July celebrations at http://participate.naplesnews.com/

Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto

Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto

Rep. Dwight Bullard

Rep. Dwight Bullard

Southwest Floridians must be happy with their representation in Tallahassee, overwhelmingly supporting veteran legislators in state House and Senate races.

Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, won reelection against Libertarian candidate Peter Richter for her second term as representative for Florida’s House District 106. Passidomo won with about 79 percent of the vote in a landslide victory.

District 106 includes the southwest corner of Collier County including Naples, Marco Island, Pelican Bay and Moorings Park, plus voters as far south as the Everglades airport.

Incumbent Rep. Matt Hudson, R-Naples, defeated challenger Pam Brown, who ran without party affiliation, taking about 66 percent of the vote in the race for Florida House of Representatives District 80.

Hudson, who represented District 101 since 2007, will answer to voters in areas of northeastern Collier, including Immokalee, as well as part of Hendry County, after redistricting changed legislative boundaries earlier this year.

Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami, handily won his bid for Florida’s House District 105 against write-in candidate Raul Rene Robayna. Trujillo received 100 percent of the vote, according to the state election website.

Trujillo was a representative for House District 116 before redistricting took place this year. Trujillo will represent eastern Collier County voters, including those in Golden Gate. The district spans east to Miami and south to Key West.

State representatives are elected to two-year terms.

Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, claimed a victory Tuesday in District 30 over Democratic challenger Debbie Jordan, with about 61 percent of the vote.

She will serve a four-year term. Benacquisto was first elected to the Florida Senate in 2010, representing District 27. Redistricting earlier this year created the new District 30, which includes northern Lee and southern Charlotte counties.

Rep. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami won his mother’s District 39 Senate seat over Republican Scott Hopes.

Bullard won a four-year term with about 70 percent of the vote.

Sen. Larcenia Bullard, D-Miami, could not run for reelection due to term limits. The four-county district includes portions of Collier, Hendry, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

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