|Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 47th district
November 20, 2012 – November 17, 2014
|Preceded by||J. W. Grant|
|Succeeded by||Mike Miller|
November 23, 1948 |
|Spouse(s)||Jerry B. Stewart|
|Children||Sam, Amanda, Courtney|
|Alma mater||Valencia Community College (A.A.)|
Linda Stewart (born November 23, 1948) was a Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 47th District, which includes central Orange County, from November 2012 to November 2014.
Stewart was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and moved to Florida in 1950. She attended Valencia Community College and later pursued European independent studies abroad. In 1998, Stewart unsuccessfully ran for the Orange County Commission against incumbent Commissioner Clarence Hoenstine and Mary Wilson, Juan R. Bruno, and Anthony Rizzuto, receiving 21% of the vote. Stewart ran against Hoenstine again in 2002, and defeated him in a one-on-one contest with 51% of the vote. She was elected to a second and final term on the Commission against Jennifer Thompson, JP Quinones, and Martin Collins in 2006, again receiving 51% of the vote. Following Rich Crotty's inability to run for another term as Mayor of Orange County, Stewart ran to succeed him in 2010. In a crowded four candidate race that included Matthew Falconer and fellow Commissioners Teresa Jacobs and Bill Segal, Stewart placed third with 19% of the vote, losing to Jacobs and Segal and failing to qualify for the runoff election, which Jacobs would later win in a landslide.
Florida House of Representatives
When Florida House of Representatives districts were reconfigured in 2012 and incumbent State Representative Scott Randolph decided to seek the Chairmanship of the Florida Democratic Party rather than seek re-election, Stewart ran to succeed him. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary, and faced former State Representative Bob Brooks, the Republican nominee, in the general election. A contentious general election ensued, with Stewart attacking "Brooks' support for school vouchers and his conservative social politics, saying he's too far right for a district trending Democratic." The Orlando Sentinel endorsed Stewart over Brooks, praising her for the fact that she "distinguished herself for her leadership on two critical issues for Central Florida, growth management and diversifying the region's economy." Ultimately, Stewart narrowly defeated Brooks, winning with 52% of the vote, and was sworn in later that year to her first term.
- Derby, Kevin (May 29, 2012). "Scott Randolph Opts Out of Florida House". Sunshine State News. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
- Damron, David (October 28, 2012). "Brooks-Stewart House race offers stark contrasts". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
- "In House Districts 45, 47". Orlando Sentinel. October 6, 2012. Retrieved May 5, 2014.