Commissioner Doug Bankson, who said goodbye to the Apopka City Council last Wednesday, will say hello to the Florida Legislature when it reconvenes in January.
Bankson defeated Tiffany Hughes in the Florida House District 39 election. At 8:11 pm, with 100% of Orange County votes reported and Seminole County reporting 97.6% of the votes counted, the Florida Elections website reported that Bankson received 35,582 votes (55.89%), while Hughes received 28,020 (44.11%).
Hughes is the former Orange County NAACP President, the owner of KBI Staffing Solutions, and a Longwood resident.
Bankson took a risk when he vacated his seat on the Apopka City Council to run for the Florida Legislature. But the risk paid off after a hard-fought Republican primary win and a general election victory.
In a district that seems to be tailor-made for an Apopka politician, Bankson defeated challengers Charles Hart and Randy Ross in the primary. Bankson received 7,140 votes (53.04%), Hart 4,058 (30.14%), and Ross 2,264 (16.82%). Hughes ran unopposed in the Democratic Party field.
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