State Rep. Angie Nixon faces Democratic challenger Delaine Smith for District 13 seat

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An "I Voted" sticker given to voters at Duval County polling sites
An "I Voted" sticker given to voters at Duval County polling sites

Two Democratic candidates will appear on the primary ballot for Florida's 13th House District. Rep. Angie Nixon and Delaine Smith are vying for the seat. The district, currently represented by Tracie Davis, serves over 150,000 people, according to the 2010 U.S. Census.

Rep. Angie Nixon
Rep. Angie Nixon

Nixon is a 38-year-old native of Jacksonville. She currently represents the 14th House District but was drawn into District 13 as part of the state's once-a-decade redistricting process.

She is a wife, mother of two and stepmom of three. She graduated from Stanton College Preparatory High School and earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Florida.

She interned with then-City Councilwoman Mia Jones and “really just fell in love with public service.”

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She is executive director of a coalition of organizations that work “to build power in underrepresented communities.”

She said she is “super honored to represent people in the state of Florida” and thinks voters should know that she “has a true passion for helping people.”

Delaine Smith
Delaine Smith

Smith has been ministering in the marketplace for over 25 years, according to her website.

She was licensed as an evangelist and pastored in two locations with the Church of God in Christ. She is the Pastor of Bam Empowerment Center Inc., a prophetic ministry which started online in Clubhouse, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

She is also the president of Bam Boot Camp, an “online bounce back, life skill and real estate training center,” and the president of Preach Pretty Preacher.

Smith earned an associate’s degree from Chipola Junior College and a bachelor’s from Florida A&M University. She has a master’s in theology and doctorate in biblical studies.

She retired as a real estate investigator for Florida after 21 years. She also worked with the Florida Commission on Human Relations as the director of personnel.

Early voting starts Aug. 8, and Election Day is Aug. 23.

The winner of the partisan primary will face LaCiara Masline, who is running with no party affilliation, in the Nov. 8 general election.

For more information, visit Nixon's website at www.angienixon.com and Smith's website at www.delainesmith.com.

This article originally appeared on Florida Times-Union: Rep. Angie Nixon faces Democratic challenger Delaine Smith in District 13