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Florida Legislators: Locally Elected State Officials

David K. Twigg

in The Politics of Disaster

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780813041889
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043890 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813041889.003.0002
Florida Legislators: Locally Elected State Officials

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Florida's legislators, elected from small districts, were well into the 1992 election cycle when Andrew struck. Primary races had focused on the September 1 election scheduled for eight days after the hurricane. In the wake of hurricane, campaigns ended and official activities, often non-partisan, increased, focusing on constituent service and relief for victims. Post-Andrew conditions improved slightly as the November general elections approached but, with substantial population shifts and tremendous recovery needs, campaigning was limited. Subsequent elections returned to normal in northern districts, but recovery issues remained prevalent in South Dade where damage was worst. Constituent service increased, because officials and their staffs experienced and understood the severity of the problems. Legislators worked to bring resources into their districts and bolster the state's disaster response infrastructure, demonstrating their leadership abilities and effectiveness.

Keywords: campaigns; constituency service; elections; Florida politics; Hurricane Andrew; incumbency; political leadership; South Dade; state legislature

Chapter.  10712 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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