Former Democratic candidate for Agriculture Commissioner Roy David Walker is joining the race to replace GOP state Rep. Holly Raschein in House District 120. Walker made the announcement in a Friday news release.
Walker becomes the first Democrat to enter the contest. Four Republicans, meanwhile, have already filed for the seat.
Walker ran in 2018 for Agriculture Commissioner, now held by Democrat Nikki Fried. He earned more than 25 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary, finishing second place to Fried.
“I am a part of a new generation of Florida Leaders committed to protecting Florida’s environment, working to (increase) funding for public schools, and fighting for every Floridian to have equal access to quality, affordable health care,” Walker said in announcing his HD 120 run Friday.
“That’s what the people of District 120 can count on me to fight for in Tallahassee.”
Walker is a former biological scientist at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He says he resigned after former Gov. Rick Scott purportedly ordered Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) employees not to use the phrases “climate change” or “global warming” in communications.
DEP officials denied such a policy at the time and