Democrat Tom Keen is the new State Representative-Elect for Florida House District 35, which represents parts of Orange County and Osceola County.
“We achieved an extraordinary victory in the House District 35 Special Election,” Keen posted. “I am honored and humbled to announce that I am now your State House District 35 Representative.”
Keen is a decorated 21-year military veteran, a former Naval Flight Officer, and successful businessman. He is a committed progressive with a long history of public service. Keen’s core values of honor, courage, and commitment have driven him to run for office and create positive, lasting change in Florida.
The Florida Democratic Party celebrated the special election victory which flips the House district from Republican to Democrat.
“Florida Democrats rallied behind Tom Keen,” said Florida Democratic Party Chair Nikki Fried. “We saw unprecedented enthusiasm and investment in this special election from all corners of the state, as well as many of our national partners. We proved that Florida is still worth fighting for, and that a well-organized, well-funded Democratic campaign can still win a swing seat in this state.”
In the Central Florida race, it seems Florida Democrats worked hard to rally voters and showed what is possible in the upcoming 2024 elections. The state party believes this win adds to their momentum and keeps eyes on Florida.
“I have to congratulate Tom most of all, for working tirelessly to prove to Democratic primary voters that their faith in him, and in Florida’s future, is worth it,” FDP Chair Fried said. “The Keen campaign left it all on the field — thanks to them, we’re one seat closer to ending the Republican supermajority in Tallahassee. Florida Democrats are serious about changing the way things work in Tallahassee, and tonight’s victory is an important first step to taking back Florida. With this win, all eyes are on Florida this fall — we’re ready to carry this momentum, excitement, and work ethic into election season.”
While Republicans have firm control of the state politics right now, the FDP hopes Democratic unity and grassroots work could make a difference in various races in November.
“This victory is not just mine; it is OURS,” Keen said. “It belongs to every single one of you who believed in our vision, stood by our side, and put your trust in our campaign. Together, we have shown the power of unity, determination, and a shared commitment to a better future.”