Democrat Bob Doyel, a former circuit judge and candidate in 2016 for Florida House, is running for Florida Senate. Doyel, 71, of Winter Haven, will face Sen. Kelli Stargel in the November 2018 general election.LAKELAND — Democrat Bob Doyel, a former circuit judge and candidate in 2016 for Florida House, is running for Florida Senate. Doyel, 71, of Winter Haven, will face Sen. Kelli Stargel in the November 2018 general election. Doyel, who filed last week to run for the District 22 seat, said state lawmakers are out of touch with residents.
“They don’t do what we ask them to do,” Doyel said Sunday, referring to the Legislature’s failure to fund the state’s Florida Forever program to protect environmental land, and the lawmakers’ inability to reach an agreement on the state’s medical marijuana amendment.
“They don’t seem to care what we want them to do, they just do what they want to do,” Doyel said.
Stargel, of Lakeland, was elected to the Senate in 2012. Before that, she served two two-year terms in the Florida House starting in 2008.
Stargel described Doyel as a liberal “who believes government can solve everything.”
“I believe in less taxes and more personal responsibility,” Stargel said.
In November, Doyel lost a race to now state Rep. Sam Killebrew, by 53 percent to 47 percent, in House District 41.
Doyel, a U.S. Navy and Vietnam veteran, is a retired judge and a former law professor.
“Her positions are generally for privatizing government programs and tax cuts for the wealthy,” Doyel said. “Her views and my views are just diametrically opposed.”
The district includes Lakeland, Winter Haven, Eagle Lake, Dundee, Lake Hamilton, Davenport, Lake Alfred, Polk City, Haines City and southern Lake County.
State senators serve four-year terms and are paid $29,697 a year.
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