Laura Novosad is running for election so that the Collier and Hendry citizens of House District 80 finally get the dynamic, energetic and honest representation they deserve.  Growing up, going to school, working and raising a family in Florida for 57 years, she brings a rich mix of business, educational, and civic experience to the job. 

Her educational background includes teaching special ed at Sable Palm Elementary and elsewhere (BA in Special Education from FGCU) and serving as a Religious Education Teacher at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples, where she was also Board Member.

Laura joined the business community in 2010 as a Realtor; she works at present with Premier Plus Reality Company in Fort Myers.

Committed to preserving Florida’s unique environment, Laura brought her dedication and managerial skills to the Rookery Bay National Estuary, where as Volunteer Coordinator she managed over 300 volunteers.

A love of democracy and service to others have followed Laura throughout her life, from working with the Girl Scouts and the PTA to being a Gulf Coast High School Band mom.  A lifelong Democrat and donor, she was a founding member and then President of the Democratic Women’s Club of Hendry County.  Laura draws her sense of responsibility and democratic engagement from her family, in particular her uncle Richard Pettigrew, of Miami-Dade County, who served both as Speaker of the Florida House and as a State Senator.

Laura has been married for 38 years to her loving husband Richard Novosad; together they have two children. 

Laura has resided in District 80 for the last 22 years, both in Naples and now in LaBelle. This has given her valuable insights into the needs and interests of different communities in the district.  She is ready to harness those insights to her strong work ethic and bring honest representation to the citizens of District 80.


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"DECF mission: To preserve, protect and enhance Florida’s natural resources."


Dr. Jennifer Boddiker

"Laura Novosad knows the issues on the ground. As a realtor she appreciates the necessity of preserving Florida's natural beauty for current and future residents, in terms of lifestyle, economy, and livability. She cares deeply about public health, jobs, education, gun law reform, and the health of our waterways. I have full confidence that Laura is the right person for the job, and will be a fierce advocate for District 80 residents."

Dr. Jennifer Boddicker, former Democratic Candidate for FL HD 80

"Your mix of life experiences makes you a strong candidate!"   Gretchen Fodor

"I personally know Laura. She is enthusiastic, hard working and a great leader. She will be a great Democratic leader in the house in Tallahassee." Victoria Avellaneda

I am particularly pleased that the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida has endorsed me.  From its beginning in 1956, this important group has served as a forum bringing Florida’s critical issues to the forefront.  In the tradition inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt the ​DWCF​​ promotes women’s rights and encourages women to seek elected office.  As a founding member and current President of the Hendry County Democratic Women’s Club, I am honored and proud to stand with Democratic women throughout the State fighting to make our voices heard, fighting to make our communities better."

You are running for Florida House District 80 for all the right reasons. Your life experiences, credentials, and commitment to gun reform, education, agriculture, climate change, water quality, the environment, housing security AND MEDICAL SECURITY are impressive, and, I believe you are the right person to flip Florida House District 80. 
Tasha Van Hest

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Recognition:  2020 Moms Demand Action
Gun Sense Candidate Distinction

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"I’ve been a long time friend of Laura and she’s a person who had always done so much for the people around her. I know she will be a great change in the current situation!"  Takako Sato

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Lee Pitts interview with Laura Novosad:
"If you hold somebody down long enough, they're going to Rise Up..."


Laura's signs are here.  We think they look great!  If you have room on your property for a larger sign or could put up a yardsign, please send us an email via

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Working to protect our most cherished and basic democratic right- the Right to Vote.

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Laura working on radio ads with Elisa Huapilla and Dr Miguel Miron at La Ley radio.  Please listen to the ads on the Endorsement Page or on the Espanol translation of Laura's platform here.


Me and my masked friend, Reverend Gweneth Patrick Griffiths, at the Hendry Black Lives Matter March.

Me with one of the young ladies I met on a church mission to Haiti.  A trip I will never forget!


Laura and her volunteer squad comprised of Frank and Norma Cummings, Gwen Patricks Griffith and Denny Schaffer registered new voters and distributed vote by mail forms to participants at the Harry Chapin Food Bank in Clewiston.

Tally Days at Florida's Statehouse Building in Tallahassee supporting one of my favorite causes.

Laura's assistant, 12 week old Bandit, insisting she take a much needed break.

The Beginning

"Mom and Dad with my brothers David, Jeffrey, Jimmy and Johnny.  (Johnny had not made his official appearance yet)."

"Jeffrey and I showing off our prizes from the local Woolworth's Grand Opening.  We made the local news!  Mom was appalled that we had taken our shoes off in the store."

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I love taking shots of Florida's treasures like our beautiful beaches

Laura taking time to smell the flowers.