Federal Gov

District 18

Next Election: November 2016

Description

House District 18 includes all of Martin and St. Lucie and the far north of Palm Beach Counties, stretching from the Fort Pierce area south into Palm Beach County picking up the towns of Jupiter, Tequesta, Palm Beach Gardens and Royal Palm Beach.

History

Redistricting re-arranged things enough that the incumbent of the old CD16, Tom Rooney, moved to run in the new inland CD17, while then CD22 Congressman Allen West came north to run in CD18. All though both were then in Congress, neither was considered an "incumbent" in their new districts. The new CD18 is less Republican than 16 was and proved a challenge for tea party favorite Allen West, who was defeated by newcomer Patrick Murphy.

In the 2012 Democrat primary, Mr Murphy defeated challengers Jim Horn and Jerry Lee Buechler handily, winning 80% of the vote, then went on to win the general election over Allen West in a squeeker, by 1904 votes, 50.3% to 49.7%. Voting irregularities around the district, but particularly in St. Lucie County held up the certification of results for several weeks.

Demographics
Registered voters%Rep%DemSummary
479,61338%36%R + 2
Average Age%White%Black% Hispanic
5479%10%7%

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Brian Mast (R)

Background

Growing up in western Michigan, Staff Sergeant Brian Mast enlisted in the military after high school in 1999. For 12 years, he served in the US Army, including time with the Joint Special Operations Commnand (JSOC) as a bomb disposal expert, where he was on the front lines against Radical Islam, finding and disarming improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

While on his last deployment in Afghanistan, he suffered catastrophic injuries resulting in the loss of both his legs, and was awarded the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, the Purple Heart and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

Throughout his long rehabilitation, he provided his expertise to the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Bureau of Alchohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Department of Homeland Security, and recently donned the uniform of the Israeli Defense Forces.

Moving to Florida after his retirement in 2012, he is currently working on a Harvard degree, and would like to continue his service to our country as a US Congressman. He would like to repeal Obamacare, strengthen our support for Israel, stop the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal and oppose the lifting of the Cuban embargo.


Randy Perkins (D)

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Carla Spalding (I)

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