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Dorothy Hukill

Dorothy Hukill
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 8th district
Assumed office
November 20, 2012
Preceded by John E. Thrasher
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 28th district
In office
November 16, 2004 – November 20, 2012
Preceded by Suzanne Kosmas
Succeeded by Jason Brodeur
Personal details
Born (1946-09-20) September 20, 1946
New York City, New York
Political party Republican
Alma mater Hunter College (B.A.)
Columbia University (M.A.)
St. John's University School of Law (J.D.)
Profession Attorney, teacher
Religion Protestant

Dorothy L. Hukill (born September 20, 1946) is a Republican member of the Florida State Senate, representing the 8th District, which includes parts of Lake, Marion, and Volusia Counties, since 2012, previously serving in the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 28th District from 2004 to 2012.

History

Hukill was born in New York City, New York, and attended Hunter College, which is part of the City University of New York system, where she graduated with her Bachelor's degree in 1967. She later attended Columbia University, graduating with her Master's degree in 1970, and graduated from the St. John's University School of Law in 1978 and began practicing law. In 1988, Hukill moved to Florida, initially settling in Ponce Inlet, where she served as a Councilwoman from 1992 to 1994. She later moved to Port Orange, serving as its Vice Mayor from 1998 to 2000 and its Mayor from 2000 to 2004.

Florida House of Representatives

When incumbent Democratic State Representative Suzanne Kosmas was unable to seek an additional term in the House due to term limits, Hukill ran to succeed her in the 28th District, which stretched from Oak Hill to Ponce Inlet in southern Volusia County. She won the Republican primary uncontested, and advanced to the general election, where she faced Jim Ward, the Democratic nominee and, like Hukill, a former Mayor of Port Orange, and independent candidate Richard Paul Dembinsky. The Orlando Sentinel praised both candidates as "intelligent and experienced," but ultimately endorsed Hukill over Ward, praising her "blunt and assertive 'get-it-done' style."[1] Ultimately, she narrowly defeated Ward, winning 51% of the vote to his 47% and Dembinsky's 2%. Running for re-election in 2006, Hukill was challenged by William Smalley, the Democratic nominee. She campaigned on her record in the legislature of creating a solar energy program that "awards grants for residential and business solar-energy systems," and pledged to expand the program to attract manufacturers to the state in her second term.[2] Hukill managed to increase her margin of victory, scoring 57% of the vote to Smalley's 43%. She faced Smalley once again in 2008, and defeated him handily once again, receiving 62% of the vote to his 38%. Running for her final term in 2010, Hukill was challenged in the Republican primary by Teresa Valdes, who argued that businesses in the state were "overtaxed." The Sentinel endorsed Hukill, whom they praised for her "solid leadership record," over Valdes, whom they criticized for lacking "thoughtfulness."[3] Hukill easily defeated her opponent to win renomination, and won the general election in a landslide against only write-in opposition.

Florida Senate

In 2012, when Hukill was unable to seek a fifth term in the Florida House of Representatives due to term limits and the state's legislative districts were redrawn, she opted to run for the Florida Senate in the newly-created 8th District. She won the Republican primary uncontested, and advanced to the general election, where she faced Frank Bruno, the Chairman of the Volusia County Council and the Democratic nominee. A contentious election ensued, with both Hukill and Bruno raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for their campaigns,[4] and both the Florida Democratic Party and the Republican Party of Florida spending millions of dollars to promote their candidacies, though as the election grew closer, Bruno's supporters declined to expand their advertising on his behalf.[5] The Orlando Sentinel strongly endorsed Bruno over Hukill, criticizing her for serving as "a loyal soldier for House GOP leaders" during her time in the legislature and for sponsoring "some truly bad bills," and for her refusal to condemn what they referred to as a "ridiculous" advertisement featuring actors with "exaggerated Italian-American accents" that portrayed Bruno as Volusia County's "political boss."[6] Ultimately, however, despite the perceived closeness of the race, Hukill overwhelmingly defeated Bruno, receiving 57% of the vote to Bruno's 43%.

While serving in the Senate, Hukill sponsored legislation that would allow manufacturers to "not have to pay a sales tax on equipment purchased in a three-year period beginning in April 2014,"[7] declaring, "The single biggest expense manufacturers have is equipment costs."[8] Hukill took a strong stance against legislation that would "collect sales tax when Florida residents make online purchases," voting against it in committee.[9]

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External links

  • Hukill for Senate
  • Florida State Senate - Dorothy Hukill
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