It’s official. On Friday, Mount Dora City Councilwoman Crissy Stile formally announced her candidacy for the Florida House of Representatives, District 31. The energetic small-business owner was elected to a two-year term to the Central Florida city’s government in 2018.
District 31 has a population of 158,462 residents and includes Mount Dora, Eustis, Sorrento, Zellwood and a portion of Apopka, and extends east to the Volusia County line. The district is currently represented by Jennifer Sullivan, who is not seeking re-election.
Stile has a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Stetson University. Born in New York, she has lived in Central Florida for over twenty years and owns an independent bookstore in Mount Dora’s historic district.
During the past two months Stile has been busy volunteering at a local food bank, shopping for neighbors at risk and sewing face masks for nurses. “That's what part of being an elected leader should be about, being there for the community,” said Stile.
“Floridians need results. The COVID-19 crisis amplified the need in our state government for legislative leadership. So many are missing in action. More state representatives, and candidates for state office, should be speaking out,” said Stile, who represents over 14,000 residents as an at-large councilmember. “They should be reaching out to our residents and our businesses. That’s not happening here.”
Win or lose, Stile will no longer have a seat on the Mount Dora City Council this fall, because she is only allowed to run for one office. If Stile wins the general election, she will continue to operate her local bookstore with the help of an employee and family members.
Over the coming weeks, Stile and her supporters will hold virtual grassroots events with local residents to talk about the issues at stake in their community. Stile, who is running as a Democrat, will face at least one challenger, Debra Kaplan, in the primary election on August 18. The general election is November 3.
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