Race includes Republican incumbent Marco Rubio and a host of hopefuls
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will head to the Nov. 8 election with a host of non party affiliates, write-ins, a Libertarian candidate and the winner of Democratic primary.
Rubio, of Miami, has represented Florida in the United States Senate since 2010. He serves as vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, where he oversees the nation’s intelligence and national security apparatus. Rubio is also a member of the Foreign Relations, Appropriations committees and the Special Committee on Aging.
Lining up on the Democratic side in hopes to challenge Rubio in the general election are Ricardo De La Fuente, Val Demings, Brian Rush and William Sanchez. De La Fuente, of Miami, is an entrepreneur who went to Harvard Business School. Demings, Orlando’s first female chief of police, served in the department for 27 years.
Rush, who has practiced law in his north Tampa office for 30 years, is a former Florida House member Sanchez, of Miami, is a second child of Cuban immigrant parents. He’s a lawyer who has represented thousands of companies and immigrants.
Libertarian Party candidate Dennis Misigoy, of Saint Cloud, will be on the general election ballot for U.S. Senate. Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, he’s a former teacher and a software engineer.
Nonparty affiliate candidates include Steven Grant, of Boynton Beach, and Tuan “TQ” Nguyen, of Palm Bay. Write-in candidates include Uloma Uma Ekpete, of St. Petersburg, Edward Gray, of Kissimmee, Howard Knepper, of North Miami, and Moses Quiles, of Kissimmee.