One-time Democratic congressional candidate David Cox files for SD 6 special election

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David Cox said Tuesday he is a candidate for Florida Senate District 6. Cox, a Democrat, received 99,000 votes in a losing challenge to Congressman Ron DeSantis for the Congressional District 6 seat.

“They’re virtually the same,” said Cox. “Senate District 6 has a little bit less Putnam County and a little bit more of Volusia County and I’ve spent the past year traveling the district and talking to people.”

Cox is the director of freshman college resources at Bethune Cookman University and spent 10 years teaching technology and computers to children in Central Florida.  He received 40 percent of the vote in the race against DeSantis. Ballotpedia has fundraising and other data from that race here.

Senate District 6 stretches along the Atlantic Coast from St. Johns County, through Flagler County into northern Volusia County and west into Putnam County. The seat became vacant when John Thrasher resigned from the Senate to become president at Florida State University.

Two Republican state lawmakers are also candidates. House District 17 Rep. Ronald “Doc” Renuart and House District 24 Rep. Travis Hutson are running to replace Thrasher. Primaries will be held in Jan. 27 with a special general election in April.

Hutson has an early fundraising lead, transferring $300,000 from a House reelection account to a Senate campaign. Finance documents indicate Renuart has raised $2,750, loaned himself $50,000 and a political committee he set up, Leadership for a Healthy Florida, has raised $15,000.

Cox had raised less than $40,000 for his congressional race.

“I’m not a career politician but I’m starting my donor base back up and we will be competitive,” said Cox. “I’m not a believer in putting a lot of dollars into an election I don’t think that’s what wins elections.  I think a candidate who cares about his community and a candidate who is on the ground working hard every day is what makes a difference not cash. “

The qualifying period for the Senate District 6 and House District 17 and 24 is from 8:00 a.m. Dec. 1 to noon Dec. 2.