The current Federal Democratic Candidates that are running to represent the citizens of Lake County and surrounding areas that are within their district are as follows:


U.S. Senate

Bill Nelson For Senate – D



Nelson was born in Miami and spent his youth in Melbourne, FL, where he attended Melbourne High School.

Nelson attended the University of Florida before transferring to Yale University. He subsequently received a law degree from the University of Virginia. In 1965, he joined the U.S. Army Reserve; he served on active duty from 1968 to 1970, attaining the rank of captain, and he remained in the Army until 1971. Nelson was admitted to the Florida bar in 1968, and began practicing law in Melbourne in 1970.

In 1986, Nelson became the second sitting member of U.S. Congress (and the first member of the House) to travel into space. He went through NASA training with Senator Jake Garn of Utah. He was a Payload Specialist on Space Shuttle Columbia’s STS-61-C mission from January 12-18, 1986.

2000-Present: U.S. Senator from Florida
1994-2000: Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner, and Fire Marshall of Florida
1978-1991: U.S. House of Representatives
1972-1978: Florida House of Representatives



U.S. House of Representatives

District 6

Nancy Soderberg for Congress – D


The politicians in Washington seem to have forgotten what’s at stake.

In Congress, I’ll fight to make sure your voice is heard. I’ll focus on growing our economy, helping small business, making college more affordable and protecting our environment. And I’ll work to balance the budget the right way. I believe we can come together and focus on issues that matter. I’ll work every day to keep America safe and secure — and ensure that America is a leader in facing today’s challenges.

You have a real choice in this election — business as usual — or a new voice and a new conversation.


District 11


Dana Cottrell for Congress – D


Dana was born in Queens, New York, and moved to Florida in 1988. She graduated from the University of South Florida with an undergraduate degree in education, and a graduate degree in library and information science.

Dana has taught in Hernando County for twelve years, and overseas for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools for thirteen years.

It has always been her dream to help others and make the world a better place for all. She has worked toward this goal through her teaching career, and now, she hopes to continue by serving the constituents of District 11.

Dana Cottrell, a wife, a mom, a teacher, a woman, an American.


District 15


Kristen Carlson for Congress – D


Kristen Carlson graduated from Stetson Law School in 1977 and has been fighting for the people of Florida since. She started out as a prosecutor and then went to work for the Department of Citrus fighting to ensure Florida’s vital crop was protected.

“I’ve tried to make Florida a better place by working with others to get results, and I’m going to take the same approach to Congress.”