Dwight has lived in St. Petersburg from the age of 5 years old when his parents Bob and Rita Dudley brought their family here from Boston in 1959 seeking a better life for their family in Florida.
A graduate of St. Paul's Catholic School, St. Petersburg High School and St. Petersburg Junior College, Dwight comes from a family of eleven that knows the value of hard work, cooperation and compromise. He knows our community and shares our values.
After graduating from the Florida State University and later its College of Law, Dwight began his career as a Legislative Aide and Analyst for the Florida House of Representatives in Tallahassee where he was fortunate to be able to work on a presidential campaign!
Moving home to St. Petersburg, he continued his public service as Assistant Public Defender in the Felony Division where he served for eight years before moving to private practice.
Through his time and experiences with the Public Defender's office, Dwight learned the value of defending unpopular causes and representing Floridians of all ages and walks of life.
Practicing law at his own firm for the past 16 years, he understands both the importance of justice and the challenges of running a small business.
Active in our community, Dwight has coached youth football, basketball and soccer teams, led Catholic retreats and volunteered with the Great American Teach-In, the St. Paul’s Church Festival and the Johns Hopkins Middle School drama magnet program. Dwight and his wife Mary Rachel live in the Euclid St. Paul neighborhood of St. Petersburg and have three children, Devin (19), Mady (16) and Quinn (14).
The son of a carpenter, Dwight understands hard work and will be a strong voice for Pinellas County in the Florida House. Dwight is committed to working to create jobs, protect the middle class and invest in our schools. Dwight knows that neither party has all the answers, and he’ll work with anyone who’s serious about finding real solutions to the problems Florida faces, regardless of party.
Dwight is running for the Florida House because he believes we can do better for our community and for all Floridians.