|Member of the Florida House of Representatives|
from the 94th district
November 4, 2014
|Perry E. Thurston Jr.|
|Born||February 15, 1971|
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
|Education||University of Florida (BA)|
Bobby Brainard DuBose (born February 15, 1971) is a Democratic politician who currently serves as a member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 94th District, which includes most of Fort Lauderdale in central Broward County, since 2014.
DuBose was born in Fort Lauderdale, and attended the University of Florida, graduating with a degree in economics and then working as a self-employed insurance agent. In 2009, he ran for the Fort Lauderdale City Commission from District III, and came in first in the municipal primary election, receiving 49% of the vote to Pamela Adams's 31%, Nadine Hankerson's 12%, and Magdalene J. Lewis's 8%. Because no candidate received a majority, a runoff election was held between DuBose and Adams, which DuBose won handily with 64% of the vote. In 2011, DuBose was elected to his second term without opposition and served as the Vice-Mayor of Fort Lauderdale from 2011 to 2012.
In 2014, incumbent State Representative Perry E. Thurston, Jr. was unable to seek re-election due to term limits, so DuBose ran to succeed him. He faced Lauderdale Lakes City Commissioner Levoyd Williams in the Democratic primary, which was an open primary because no other candidates filed. The two candidates pledged to run a positive campaign because DuBose "grew up playing with Williams' children," both candidates are members of Kappa Alpha Psi, and they are lifelong friends. DuBose pledged to work with Republicans in the legislature, noting, "I've learned to work with Republicans, Democrats, and independents, and we've been able to mobilize on central issues that affect us." In the end, DuBose defeated Williams in a landslide, receiving 67% of the vote, to win his first term in the legislature.