Republican activist and conservative radio talk show host Randy Ross filed to run in the Florida House District 39 election. Ross becomes the third Republican and fifth candidate to file for the seat that includes Apopka, parts of Winter Garden, the Wekiva Springs area, and southwestern Seminole County - including parts of Altamonte Springs and Longwood.
It is considered a battleground district because it is evenly split between registered voters in the Republican and Democratic parties, and based on past elections.
Ross joins Apopka City Commissioner Doug Bankson and Orange County Republican Party Chair Charles Hart on the Republican side. Casselberry real estate agent Chuck Burt (Republican) withdrew from the race last week. Former Orange County NAACP president Tiffany Hughes and Longwood resident Luther Dowe make up the Democratic candidates.
"It's official... I'm running for Florida State House 39," Ross said in a Facebook post. "Excited to pursue senior care as my primary platform issue. Be the change you seek."
The post received over 150 likes, 40 comments, and six shares.
In his statement announcing his candidacy, Ross amplified his views on senior care.
“I have cared for my mother for over 25 years after her diagnosis with severe rheumatoid arthritis. I’ve been to hundreds of doctor’s appointments and filled out more medical forms than I can recall. What we are putting seniors through for basic healthcare is atrocious. But my mom has me…. What about the thousands of seniors in District 39 who need help and guidance not to mention tens of thousands of senior Floridians that are simply being forgotten."
Ross is best known for being the Orange County Chairman for President Donald J. Trump in 2016. He is also a radio host on The “American Adversaries” Radio Show, Salem Media Group for the last five years.
According to his bio, Ross, 56, is a graduate of Ball State University with a double major in Speech Communications and Public Relations and has certifications from The George Washington University School of Business and Public Management with specialties in Federal Contracting and Federal Contract Pricing.
“Am I perfect? No," said Ross. "Who is? But I’m passionate and highly efficient at accomplishing each and every goal I set. In 10 years, I will be eligible for retirement and Medicare…assuming Medicare is still around. It scares me to think if I’ll know how to navigate the system. And If I’m thinking like this there are many District 39 residents who are too going to have to rely on a system not navigational, effective, or practical for seniors.”