Florida has two senators in the United States Senate and 27 representatives in the United States House of Representatives. Click here to view current members representing Florida. In the 2016 election cycle, the U.S. Congressional District 18 seat and one of the U.S. Senate seats are up for election in November and many candidates for both of these offices have filed and are to date the 2016 announced candidates.
Florida’s 18th congressional district as of 2012 contains the whole of St. Lucie County and Martin County as well as the northeastern part of Palm Beach County located in southeastern Florida. The district includes an area stretching from Ft. Pierce to Palm Beach with Stuart in the middle. The district is currently represented by Democrat Patrick Murphy who has been in office from January 3, 2013 to present and has served as a member of the 113th and 114th Congress. Congressman Murphy is retiring to run for U.S. Senate.
According to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections’ website, the following are2016 candidates that have filed to run for the U.S. Representative, Dist. 18: Carl J. Domino (REP), Marc Benjamin Freeman (REP), Marilyn Holloman (WRI), Richard Steven Kozell III (REP), Brian Mast (REP), Melissa McKinlay (DEM), Tod Mowery (REP), Rebecca Negron (REP), Noelle Nikpour (REP), Randy Perkins (DEM), Paul Douglas Spain (REP), Carla Arlene Spalding (REP), Priscilla Ann Taylor (DEM), John (Juan) Xuna (DEM). The totals of each party’s affiliation by these candidates are as follows: 9 Republicans, 4 Democrats and one (WRI) write-in.
Florida (as does each state) elects two U.S. Senators for staggered 6-year terms. Senators represent the entire state. Senior Senator Bill Nelson, Democrat, took office Jan 3, 2001 and next election will be in 2018. Junior Senator Marco Rubio, Republican, took office Jan 5, 2011 with next election being 2016, the junior senator has decided to seek the U.S. presidency instead.
According to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections’ website, the following are2016 candidates that have filed to run for the U.S. senate seat up for election in 2016 currently being held by the Junior Senator Marco Rubio: Richard Coleman (DEM), Richard Paul Dembinsky (NPA) Withdrew, D.J. DeRenzo (REP), Ronald D. DeSantis (REP), Sam Brian Gibbons (DEM), Herman Lee Giger (NPA), Mary Elisabeth Godwin (REP), Alan Mark Grayson (DEM), Sean Patrick Guthrie (NPA), Augustus Sol Invictus (LPF), David W. Jolly (REP), Lateresa A. Jones (DEM), Ilya Katz (REP), Pamela Michele Keith, (DEM), Howard Knepper (REP), Josh Larose (DEM), Carlos Lopez-Cantera (REP), Steven Machat (NPA), Patrick E. Murphy (DEM), Bruce Nathan (NPA), Walter Osborne (NPA) , Ernesto J. Rivera (REP), Paul Vincent Showen (REP), Dr. Joe Smith (REP), Paiboon Sunthonchart Jr. (WRI), Charles Frederick Tolbert (NPA), Todd Wilcox (REP). The totals of each party’s affiliation by these candidates are as follows: 11 Republicans, 7 Democrats, 7 NPA (No Party Affiliation), one LPF (Libertarian Party of Florida) and one (WRI) write-in.
Of course the number of candidates will dwindle down once the election process take hold and the Florida Primary Election is held August 30, 2016 making way for the party nominees and write-in to go straight way to the 2016 General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 (Hopefully the voice of the people will be clear and free from corruption).