James Bush III

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James Bush III
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Candidate for
Florida State Senate District 39
Prior offices
Florida House of Representatives District 109
James Bush III is a former Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing District 109 from 2008 to 2010. Bush ran in the 2012 election for Florida State Senate District 39.


Bush is a teacher and member of the Community Action Agency Board, Chair of the Florida Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence, and United Teachers of Dade.[1]

Committee assignments



Bush did not provide answers to the Florida State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[2]

Bush's sponsored legislation included:

  • HB 269 - "Super Enterprise Zones: Provides for designation, certification, operation, & future revocation of super enterprise zones; requires OTTED to designate four areas as pilot project"
  • HB 663 - "Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test: Removes requirement that district school board adopt policies for meeting class size maximums which allow student to graduate from high school if student passes grade 10 FCAT; removes requirement that student earn passing score on FCAT or alternative assessment to graduate from high school"
  • HB 665 - "Beach Safety: Expands beach safety program administered by DEP to apply to certain private beaches."

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.



See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2012

Bush ran in the 2012 election for Florida State Senate District 39. Bush was defeated by Dwight Bullard in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012.[3][4]

Florida State Senate, District 39 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDwight Bullard 35.3% 10,844
Ron Saunders 30.3% 9,327
James Bush III 27.6% 8,478
John Johnson 3.8% 1,168
Sal Gutierrez 3% 933
Total Votes 30,750


In 2008, Bush won election to the Florida House of Representatives from Florida's 109th District. Bush ran unopposed in the general election. He raised $14,265 for his campaign.[5]

Campaign donors


Below are Bush's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[6]

Contributor 2008 total
FL Hospital Assoc $1,000
AFSCME Florida Council 79 $500
Gussie Wright $500
Dade County Fire Fighters Local 1403 $500
County Line South Management $500

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Preceded by
Florida House of Representatives District 109
Succeeded by
Cynthia Stafford