Bob Cortes dominates straw poll in HD 30

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Longwood City Commissioner and Mayor Bob Cortes could be on his way to taking the Republican nomination for House District 30 seat.

Both Cortes and his GOP opponent, Scott Sturgill, attended the Seminole County Young Professional Republicans Hob Nob and Straw Poll this week.

The poll was far from heated; Cortes took 61% of ballots cast, in what would become the largest straw poll ever for the Seminole County Young Professional Republicans.

“Bob Cortes understands that growing the size of government puts an extreme burden on the next generation, and we are that next generation,” said Justin York, former chair of the Florida Federation of College Republicans. “Bob is a small business owner who understands better than anyone in this race that lowering taxes, removing regulations, and continuing to improve our education system will make for a prosperous Florida; that’s why he won so handily.”

According to a statement issued by Cortes’ campaign, the candidate appears to be the “clear-cut favorite” of local Republicans to take the GOP nomination in August for the seat covering parts of Seminole and Orange Counties.

Cortes says he is looking forward to challenge incumbent state Rep. Karen Castor Dentel in what many consider to be a close race, adding that there is “no doubt” he is the “surging contender” at the moment.

If Bob Cortes can keep the momentum going, he could very well be on his way to Tallahassee.

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