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Dolores Guzman, Florida State House District 27 • If elected, Guzman would be the first Latina and first Puerto Rican woman to represent Florida State House District 27. • Guzman’s work in the healthcare industry got her into politics. She is a board member at the Hispanic Health Initiative. In 2018, she was elected county commissioner of the West Volusia Hospital Authority, where she provides input on initiatives to provide services to Volusia’s underserved communities.
These are the candidates running in contested races in West Volusia who have successfully qualified, according to information as of 2 p.m. Friday from the Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Office and the Florida Department of Elections.
The presidential election isn’t until Nov. 3, but there are a number of consequential local, county and state races on the Aug. 18 primary ballot.
Former Ambassador and former Democratic nominee for Congress Nancy Soderberg is endorsing Dolores Guzman for the open seat in House District 27
Guzman, of Deltona, is an elected member of the West Volusia Hospital Authority board. She is the only Democrat running for the seat being vacated by term-limited Republican Rep. David Santiago, also of Deltona. There are three Republicans seeking the seat, which represents much of western and southern Volusia County.
Soderberg lost the 2018 election for Florida’s 6th Congressional district 56%-44% to Republican Rep. Michael Waltz. The district includes all of Volusia County, plus portions of Lake, Flagler and St. Johns counties.
Soderberg’s nod is the campaign’s first major endorsement.
“I am going to run on the values of health care, education, affordable housing, and the things that really affect my community. Those are the most important things,” Guzman said. “And climate change.”
Over in West Volusia, four candidates have already filed to run for the 27th District State Representative seat David Santiago is vacating due to term limits. Three are Republican candidates: Webster Barnaby, Erika Benfield, and Zenaida Denizac. Dolores Guzman is the only Democrat so far.
Deltona Democrat Dolores Guzman has opened a campaign account to run in 2020 in House District 27
A Puerto Rican looks for a legislative chair in Florida's Volusia County Una boricua busca una silla legislativa en el condado de Volusia de Florida
At the age at which many think of retirement and seeking a quiet and peaceful life, Dolores Guzmán - 63 years old - has set the goal of winning a chair in the Florida legislature as a representative for District 27 in the County of Volusia for the Democratic Party.
A la edad en que muchos piensan en el retiro y en buscar una vida tranquila y sosegada, Dolores Guzmán -de 63 años- se ha impuesto la meta de ganar una silla en la legislatura de Florida como representante por el Distrito 27 en el Condado de Volusia por el Partido Demócrata.