The 2018 General Election was one for the record books with an estimated 49% of the nation’s voting-eligible population casting a ballot. Let’s put that into perspective; according to FiveThirtyEight roughly 40% of eligible voters typically cast a ballot in the midterm elections. That means almost 116 million Americans cast a ballot in the 2018 midterms. Florida outperformed that national average clocking in at just under 55% voter turnout.
Starting with the State Cabinet, despite the ongoing machine recount, Florida Realtors® supported candidate Ron DeSantis (R) is expected to be Florida’s next Governor. Florida Realtors® also supported Republican Attorney General Candidate Ashley Moody and Chief Financial Officer Candidate Jimmy Patronis; both won their elections outright. The Commissioner of Agriculture race is expected to head to a manual recount this week, due to the razor thin margin of victory, with Democrat Nikki Fried in the lead.
Locally, RAPB+GFLR supported candidates in 57 races varying from the Florida State Senate all the way down to Sunrise City Commission. Palm Beach County had the strongest showing with all 8 supported candidates cruising to victory on election night. We’d like to congratulate Realtor® Champion Rep. Joe Casello (D) on his victory. Broward County held their local elections in conjunction with the National and State races. RAPB+GFLR is excited to welcome the 33 Realtor Party Supported Candidates to office, most notably incoming Rep. Chip LaMarca (R) and Pompano Beach Mayor Rex Hardin. St. Lucie County saw 3 Realtor Champions elected to office, including incoming State Senator Gayle Harrell (R). We look forward to working with you all locally and in Tallahassee!
So what does this mean for Realtors®?
With a Republican controlled Governor’s Office and State Legislature, Realtors® can expect much of the same policy as it pertains to our issues. We expect to see the legislature continue the trend of lowering the Business Rent Tax, legislation to be introduced related to short-term vacation rentals, and a renewed effort to #StopTheSweeps of the Sadowski Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
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