District 39 is a new seat in the Florida House of Representatives with no incumbent and no clear advantage for Democrats or Repubicans. Because of that scenario, it's not surprising to see a fluid election process.
And in just the last couple of days, that fluidity showed up in the form of a new candidate entering, and a current candidate withdrawing.
The Apopka Voice has learned that Republican candidate Chuck Burt will drop out of the Florida House District 39 election. Burt, a real estate agent from Casselberry, told The Apopka Voice that he will withdraw from the race one day after Charles Hart, the Orange County Republican Party Chair, announced his candidacy.
Burt entered the race on March 11th, raised $12,348 in contributions and loaned his campaign $40,000.
Burt, who contacted The Apopka Voice to cancel a scheduled interview, announced his withdrawal on the same correspondence. He did not respond to a question about the reason he was withdrawing.
Burt's withdrawal leaves four candidates in the District 39 race - Democrats Luther Dowe, and Tiffany Hughes and Republicans Doug Bankson, and Hart.
Dowe is a Longwood resident who ran for the Legislature in 2020.
Hughes is also a Longwood resident, business owner, and the former Orange County NAACP President, and an Orlando Business Journal 40-under-40 honoree.
Bankson is a current Apopka City Commisioner and Lead Pastor at Victory Church.
Hart is an attorney, and Chair of the Orange County Republican Party.
District 39 is newly-formed, and includes all of Apopka, and parts of northwest Orange County, and western Seminole County including parts of Wekiva Springs, Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Winter Garden, and Zellwood.
The district has no incumbent, and is evenly split between registered Democrat and Republican voters.
The primary for District 39 is August 23rd. The general election is November 8th.
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