Last Updated Jan. 26, 2015: District 39 encompasses parts of four counties: Miami-Dade, Collier, Hendry and Monroe. The area is deep blue with 132,412 registered Democrats dwarfing their Republican counterparts who are 48,102 strong. There's also a sizable population of independents -- 53,757. The district is a majority minority district with 33.3 percent of people identifying as black, 37.7 percent Hispanic and 25.2 percent white.
Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami, comes from a family of prominent legislative leaders. His father, Edward B. Bullard, served in the Florida House from 2000 to 2008. His mother, Larcenia Bullard, served in the House from 1992 to 2000 and in the Senate from 2002 to 2012. Bullard and his family are originally from Philadelphia and moved to Florida in 1981. Bullard later graduated from Florida A&M University with a bachelor's in history education. He's also a member of the Miami-Dade Democratic Executive Committee, a board member of City Year Miami and a life member of the NAACP. Bullard currently works as a school teacher in Miami-Dade County.
When Bullard's father was term-limited in 2008 in District 118, Bullard decided to run to replace him. Bullard emerged victorious in a crowded Democratic field that included Tony Crapp, George Grace and Tan Johnson. He won election uncontested in the general election.
In 2010, Bullard was challenged in the Democratic primary by Kionn McGhee, Bullard won by a razor-thin margin of 400 votes. He went on to face Republican Charlie Lopez, whom Bullard easily dispatched in the deeply Democratic district.
In 2012, Bullard's mother Larcenia was term-limited and he opted to run in her redrawn Senate District 39. Bullard again faced a difficult and crowded primary that included Ronald Saunders, James Bush, JJ Johnson and Sal Gutierrez. Bullard again narrowly emerged victorious with 35 percent of the vote. Bullard went on to face a challenge from Republican Scott Hopes, whom he defeated by a large margin.
No one has filed to challenge Bullard in 2016.
Last Updated Jan. 1, 2015:
Dwight Bullard (D) 2016 Finance Activity