George Moraitis

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George Moraitis
George Moraitis.jpg
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 93rd district
Incumbent
Assumed office
November 20, 2012
Preceded by Perry E. Thurston, Jr.
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 91st district
In office
November 16, 2010 – November 20, 2012
Preceded by Ellyn Setnor Bogdanoff
Succeeded by Irving Slosberg
Personal details
Born (1970-10-29) October 29, 1970 (age 43)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Heather Thompson
Children Alexis, Catherine
Alma mater United States Naval Academy (B.S.)
University of Florida College of Law (J.D.)
Profession Real estate attorney
Religion Presbyterian

George R. Moraitis, Jr. (born October 29, 1970) is a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 93rd District, which stretches from Boca Raton to Hollywood in eastern Broward County, since 2012, previously representing the 91st District from 2010 to 2012.

History[edit]

George Moraitis was born in Fort Lauderdale, and attended the United States Naval Academy, where he graduated with a degree in political science in 1992. Following his graduation, he served in the United States Navy from 1992 to 2000, where he received the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal, the Navy Expeditionary Medal, and the Navy Arctic Service Ribbon. In 2000, he retired from the Navy and joined the United States Navy Reserve, where he continues to serve, and attended the University of Florida College of Law, graduating with a law degree in 2002. Prior to running for office, Moraitis practiced real estate law in private practice for eight years.

Florida House of Representatives[edit]

In 2010, incumbent Republican State Representative Ellyn Setnor Bogdanoff declined to seek another term in the House, instead opting to embark on an ultimately successful run for the Florida State Senate. Moraitis ran to succeed her in the 91st District, which included eastern Broward County and a few precincts in southern Palm Beach County, and narrowly won the nomination of the Republican Party against David maymon and Yomin Postelnik, winning 48% of the vote to Maymon's 46% and Postelnik's 6%. in the general election, Moraitis faced off against Barbra A. Stern, the Democratic nominee, whom he easily defeated, winning 63% of the vote.

When Florida House districts were redrawn in 2012, Moraitis opted to seek a second term in the 93rd District, which included most of the territory that he had represented in the 91st District, swapping the Boynton Beach sections in Palm Beach County for a larger portion of Broward County. He won the nomination of his party unopposed, and faced Democratic nominee Gerri Ann Capotosto in the general election. Moraitis and Capotosto adopted opposite positions on job creation, with Moraitis favoring a "focus on job creation by supporting programs such as economic incentives for businesses moving to Florida," while Capotosto favored investments in "Wi-Fi and electrical infrastructure to attract tech companies."[1] He was endorsed by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel for re-election, which observed, "Moraitis would continue to push for state aid for Port Everglades, an economic engine for both the district and the larger region."[2] Ultimately, Moraitis was re-elected over Capotosto, receiving 55% of the vote.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barkhurst, Ariel (October 15, 2012). "Candidates in race to represent northeastern Broward have same goal: create jobs". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved May 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Re-elect Moraitis and Thurston". Sun-Sentinel. October 16, 2012. Retrieved May 13, 2014. 

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