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Janet Cruz, Florida State Senate District 18
2018 Race Update: Janet won 50.10% to 49.90%
Janet Cruz was elected to office in February 2010 by special election. In February of 2015, Representative Cruz was unanimously elected as the Leader Designate of the House Democratic Caucus for the 2016-2018 term. She became the first Hispanic House Minority Leader. She was recognized for her legislative service by the Community Health Charities of Florida, the Florida Health Care Association, the American Cancer Society, and the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation.
Prior to running for office, Janet was an Optician and later the Director of Optical Operations for Cigna Healthcare, as well as being active in her community as a volunteer for Paint Your Heart Out Tampa, a member of the Hillsborough Community College Alumni Foundation, and Corporate Chair of Cigna Healthcare for the United Way Campaign.
Janet is a 4th generation Tampa resident, descending from Spanish and Italian cigar factory workers. She is running for the Florida Senate as a champion for public education, affordable quality health care, and an economy that works for everyone.
2018 Election Update
After the 2016 election, Republicans controlled the Florida State Senate 25-15. Democrats gained one seat after Annette Taddeo’s successful campaign for the special election for SD 40 in September 2017.
Heading into the 2018 election, Republicans controlled the chamber 22-16 with two vacancies in Republican-held seats. Democrats gained one seat; EveryDistrict endorsed successful Democratic challenger Janet Cruz (SD 18, LDI: 6). Republicans maintained their majority 23-17.
EveryDistrict identified five other competitive seats on the ballot in 2018: SD 36 (LDI: 14), SD 8 (LDI: 0), SD 22 (LDI: -7), SD 24 (LDI: -7), and SD 20 (LDI: -8).
Understanding the Map
EveryDistrict’s Legislative District Index (LDI) ranks state legislative districts on a scale from 100 to -100, using statewide elections data. Districts with a score of 100 would vote for statewide Democratic candidates by an average of 100 points (with the Democratic candidate receiving 100% of the vote); districts with a score of -100 would vote for statewide Republican candidates by an average of 100 points (with the Republican candidate receiving 100% of the vote). For a more realistic example, a district with a score of 10 would vote for statewide Democratic candidates by an average of 10 points (meaning we would expect the Democratic state legislative candidate to win with 55% of the vote compared to the Republican winning 45% of the vote).
EveryDistrict divides winnable districts into five categories. Dark blue districts lean Democratic and are held by a Democratic legislator. Light blue districts lean Republican and are held by a Democratic legislator. Yellow districts lean Democratic but are held by a Republican legislator; these districts represent the best pick up opportunities for Democrats. Pink districts lean slightly Republican, with a range of 0 up to -5; in the current political climate we’ve identified these districts as pick up opportunities for Democrats. Dark red districts are held by a Republican and have an LDI score of less than -5.
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Updated LDI scores incorporating the 2018 election results will be released in spring 2019.