Bob Doyel officially became the Democratic nominee after sailing through the primary Tuesday night with 68% of the vote. A retired circuit court judge and Vietnam Veteran from Winter Haven, Bob Doyel credits strong grassroots support for his win with volunteers as the backbone of the effort.
“This campaign has always been about offering a different vision for the people of District 22; one in which Polk and Lake County families come before politicians and the special interests in Tallahassee.” Judge Doyel continued, “I will focus on local results for our community. That means working every day to ensure our public schools are funded, our Veterans have opportunities to find jobs and our law enforcement has the resources to keep our families safe.”
The youngest of ten children and raised by a single mother, Doyel credits the intervention of public school teachers and administrators for paving his pathway out of poverty and promises to be an outspoken advocate for public education in stark contrast to incumbent Kelli Stargel, who cannot be trusted on issues impacting women, children and families.
A recent poll of the district conducted by ALG Research shows Judge Doyel up by 5 points against Stargel. This shows the voters in SD 22 are looking for someone who will represent our families and not the special interests in Tallahassee.