Mike Hill

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For the past few months, a citizen’s group has been ramping up their appeal for legislation to name the new Pensacola Bay Bridge in honor of Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James, Jr.  

While the proposal has been gaining momentum, it doesn’t yet have the unanimous support needed to move forward this year.

But, backers are undeterred.

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Pensacola area native Vikki Garrett is seeking to become the first Democrat in nearly two decades to win the District 1 seat in the Florida House of Representatives.  With the November 6 General Election fast approaching, she and her Republican opponent Mike Hill were both campaigning this past Saturday. WUWF found Garrett stumping for votes at the UWF football homecoming festivities.

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In the race for the Florida House District 1, it’s come down to a contest between Democrat Vikki Garrett and Republican Mike Hill. Just a few weeks out from the Nov. 6 General Election, the candidates are working to drum up support.

Both were out on the campaign trail this past Saturday. WUWF caught up with Hill as he was canvassing voters in the Cantonment area.

“Takes care of her yard, she loves plants,” said Hill just before a friendly knock on the door of 73-year-old Doris Hawkins.

The Florida statehouse has one new and one old representative from northwest Florida, and one candidate who is looking to make a comeback.

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With incumbent Clay Ingram unable to run for reelection due to term limits, the District 1 seat in the Florida House of Representatives is up for grabs. There are five candidates vying for the office.

Mike Hill, one of three Republicans in the race, is seeking to return to the state legislature.

An Air Force veteran and local businessman, Hill served three years in the Florida House.

He won a special election in 2013 following the death of then Dist. 2 Rep. Clay Ford.  In 2016, he lost a contentious race for the state senate.

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With Representative Mike Hill leaving his seat in a failed run for the state senate, voters in Florida House District 2 will choose between two political newcomers to represent them in Tallahassee next year.

Frank White, the Republican candidate for the seat, admits this is all new to him. "I am not of professional politician. I'm a business guy. I'm a dad with three little boys. Politics is something new to me. But it is an avenue for service and a way to make a difference." 


In the second part of our look at the Republican race in Florida Senate District-1, we look at the other state representative seeking to change chambers.

As with challenger Doug Broxson, the 58-year-old Hill saw an opening when Congressman Jeff Miller announced plans to retire, and current State Senator Greg Evers decided to run for Miller’s seat.

Health Alert Issued After Tour of Wedgewood Area Pits

Jul 24, 2014
Josh Morton

The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County will continue to evaluate the results of air quality monitoring around the Wedgewood Community Center and Rolling Hills Landfill, after issuing a health alert Tuesday for elevated levels of hydrogen sulfide.

Hours earlier, Escambia County Commission Chairman Lumon May and District 2 State Representative Mike Hill toured the Rolling Hills facility and others in the area to see their impact on the surrounding community.

2013 In Review: Remembering Representative Clay Ford

Dec 26, 2013
Florida House of Representatives

State Rep. Clay Ford was remembered as a “friend, mentor and tender conscience to all who served with him.” Ford was 74 when he died in March after battling cancer.