TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Puerto Rican State Representative Daisy Morales was sworn in Tuesday at the Florida Capitol as a new member of the 90th session of the Florida House of Representatives by Florida Supreme Court Justice Ricky Polston.
Morales will now represent Orange County’s House District 48 in Tallahassee. She replaces incumbent State Representative Amy Mercado, who was elected Orange County Property Appraiser.
In a pair of landslide election victories, Morales easily defeated four Democratic challengers, Samuel Vilchez Santiago, Julio Rocha, Nelson Pena, and Tony Tsonis in the August 18th primary and Republican Jesus Martinez in the November 3rd general election.
Her top two opponents led the House District 48 race with more endorsements and donations. Even Orlando’s largest newspaper editorial board gave favorable endorsements to Democratic candidate Samuel Vilchez Santiago in the primary and Republican candidate Jesus Martinez in the general election.
But it didn’t matter.
District 48 voters instead elected Morales, who had countywide name recognition as an active elected official.
Before her election, Morales served as an Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor for six years and worked for over twenty-four years as a federal employee with the US Department of Justice and US Department of State.
REP. MORALES HIRES DIVERSE STAFF
In keeping with her campaign promise on encouraging Florida’s public and private sectors to have a hiring plan on diversity and inclusion. Morales hires brings experience and diversity to effectively serve the people of District 48.
Pamela Newton – Legislative Assistant:
Pamela has long experience serving the people of Orange County in House District 46 in Orlando and Tallahassee. She has been a Legislative Assistant for the last seven years and a District Secretary for one year working for former State Representative Bruce Antone. Pamela, who is African American, will serve as Morales’ legislative assistant.
Maria Kolmetz– District Secretary:
Maria is a former Advertising Sales Manager for the Orlando Sentinel Media Group. She also served as communications manager for Morales’ successful state House campaign. Maria is a graduate of the College of New Rochelle, N.Y. (B.A. in Communications Arts). Maria is Puerto Rican and will serve as Morales’ district secretary.
As state representative, Morales said she would work to pass a balanced state budget and address the COVID-19 crisis.
“District 48 constituents were among the hardest hit during the COVID-19 outbreak,” said State Representative Morales. “32822 had one of the highest positive case totals in Orange County, District 48 residents lost jobs and businesses, suffered unemployment payment delays, evictions and lack affordable housing.
“My office will work closely with local, state and federal officials in combating the crisis and restoring Floridians lives as close to some form of normalcy.”
HOUSE AND SENATE MEMBERS SWORN IN (ORANGE COUNTY)
Rep. Joy Goff-Marcil, District 30 (D)
Rep. Keith L. Truenow, District 31 (R), New Member
Rep. Geraldine F. Thompson, District 44 (D)
Rep. Kamia L. Brown, District 45 (D), Minority Leader Pro Tempore
Rep. Travaris McCurdy, District 46 (D), New Member
Rep. Anna V. Eskamani, District 47 (D)
Rep. Daisy Morales, District 48 (D), New Member
Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, District 49 (D)
Rep. Rene “Coach P” Plasencia, District 50 (R)