After losing a reelection bid in August, Daphne Campbell wants to return to the Florida Senate.
Only, Campbell isn't angling for the District 38 seat she held for two years - representing a northeast Dade community where she may not have actually lived. Campbell is running to succeed Sen. Oscar Braynon in District 35, where she kept her official residency until the state redrew its district boundaries in 2012 and she was forced to move to keep her state House seat.
“God gave me an opportunity to go back home and I am home,” Campbell told Florida Politics, which first reported her intention to run for Braynon's seat. “The community needs someone who can do this for them and care for them.”
The home Campbell has owned in Braynon's district, however, has been the subject of controversy and foreclosure proceedings. Last year, as he was running for reelection, her son, Gregory Campbell, took control of the house using phony paperwork. When the Miami Herald tried to talk to Campbell about the issue, she called 911 on a reporter.
Although Braynon's seat isn't open until 2020, Campbell's decision to run sets up a three-way Democratic primary against former Rep. Cynthia Stafford and Rep. Shevrin Jones. Stafford filed to run for the seat almost a year ago, and Jones announced his plans to run last week.
Campbell had been telling people for weeks that she planned to run for Braynon's seat. She traveled to Tallahassee this week and was around the state Capitol during the inaugural ceremonies, appearing at Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried's celebration inside a Doak Campbell Stadium ballroom.
Campbell's entire political career has been dogged by controversy, dating back to her 2010 election to the state House. During her 2018 campaign,