It's not often in an election where a challenger has more experience in the seat they're seeking than the incumbent.
However, that is the case in the race for District 34 in the Florida House that features Jimmie T. Smith (R) in a battle to retain his seat against Nancy Argenziano (I).
Argenziano got her political start in the Florida House in 1996 and served there until 2002. She was then elected to the Florida Senate, where she served from 2002 to 2007 before being appointed to the Florida Public Service Commission, where she served until 2010.
Smith, who is completing his first term in the Florida House, came out of nowhere in 2010 to capture the seat from then-incumbent Ron Schultz.
While Smith is a likable candidate who has some good ideas, it's hard to look past his voting record in the Florida House during his short tenure.
Voting with your party 100 percent of the time is not a sign of an independent thinker.
It is also troubling that Smith has raised in excess of $220,000 to fund his re-election campaign, which has mostly come from special interest groups that do not want Argenziano back in Tallahassee.
Argenziano is known for taking special interest groups to task and standing up for the little people.
While we haven't always agreed with Argenziano's positions in the past, we feel Argenziano is the person to bring about change in Tallahassee.
One only has to look at her legislative record to see she will vote for what makes sense for the constituents of District 34.
Argenziano's leadership style and tenacity is sorely needed in Tallahassee these days and a vote for her will be a step in the right direction.
Hernando Today recommends Nancy Argenziano for Florida House District 34.