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STATE LEGISLATURE In the Florida Senate, all of the even number districts are up for election this fall.  Eight incumbent Senators ran unopposed and will be returning to Tallahassee. One race will be decided in the primary election Tuesday, August 26th, and the remaining eleven contested races will be decided on November 4th.

In the State House, all one hundred twenty seats are up for election.  Thirty-nine unopposed candidates retained their seats and fifteen House seats are up for grabs as those retiring members were limited to serving two terms. Six races will be determined during the primary and the remaining seats will be decided in the general election.

Congratulations to the members of the Florida Senate and the Florida House of Representatives who retained their seat, having no opposition for this year’s election!

Senate:

 Aaron Bean (R-Jacksonville)  Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton)
 Miguel Diaz de la Portilla (R-Miami)  Rene Garcia (R-Hialeah)
 Nancy Detert (R-Venice)  Dorothy Hukill (R-Port Orange)
 Greg Evers (R-Pensacola)  Wilton Simpson (R-New Port Richey)

House:

Ben Albritton (R- Bartow) Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples)
Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala) Cary Pigman (R-Sebring)
Lori Berman (D-Boynton Beach) Sharon Pritchett (D-Miramar)
Halsey Beshears (R-Monticello) Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples)
Jim Boyd (R-Bradenton) Jake Raburn (R- Valrico)
Randolph Bracy (D-Ocoee) Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo)
Richard Corcoran (R-Lutz) Daniel Raulerson (R-Plant City)
Janet Cruz (D-Tampa) David Richardson (D-Miami Beach)
Katie Edwards (D- Sunrise) Patrick Rooney (R-Palm Beach Gardens)
Matt Gaetz (R-Shalimar) Irving Slosberg (D-Delray Beach)
Gayle Harrell (R-Port St. Lucie) Jimmie Smith (R-Lecanto)
Matt Hudson (R-Naples) Cynthia Stafford (D-Opa-Locka)
Travis Hutson (R-Palm Coast) Richard Stark (D-Weston)
Evan Jenne (D-Dania Beach) Greg Steube (R-Sarasota)
Mia Jones (D-Jacksonville) Charlie Stone (R-Ocala)
Shevrin Jones (D-West Park) Victor Torres (D-Orlando)
Dave Kerner (D-Palm Springs) Charles Van Zant (R-Palatka)
Larry Metz (R-Groveland) Clovis Watson (D-Miami Gardens)
Jared Moskowitz (D- Coral Springs) Ritch Workman (R-Melbourne)
Marlene O’Toole (R-Lady Lake) Dana Young (R-Tampa)

GOVERNOR’S RACE   Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist chose Annette Taddeo as his running mate. A native of Colombia, Taddeo served as Chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party and was the Democratic nominee for Congressional District 18 in 2008. She is a small business owner who lives in Pinecrest with her family. Also joining Crist’s team is Rick Minor who previously served as the Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Tallahassee. He is Crist’s policy director.

Former Governor Jeb Bush lent his support to Governor Rick Scott on the campaign trail  last week for an event in Homestead.

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