The campaign season is in full swing with the largest field of local, state and federal candidates on the ballot in many years. Some of the increase is attributable to the effects of the Fair Districts amendment, which redrew the congressional and Senate districts leading to all seats being open. Judicial, state attorney and public defender candidates had to file their intent to run for office by May 6th and legislative candidates had to file by June 24th.
Several members of the Florida Senate and Florida House of Representatives retained their seats, having no opposition. Nine senators and twenty-six representatives will be returning as incumbents. Three new members were elected to the Senate and four to the House without opposition.
Congratulations to the following members in the Senate:
|Senator Aaron Bean (R-Jacksonville)||Senator Denise Grimsley (R-Sebring)|
|Senator Rob Bradley (R-Orange Park)||Senator Tom Lee (R-Brandon)|
|Senator Oscar Braynon (D-Miami Gardens)||Senator David Simmons (R-Longwood)|
|Senator Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton)||Senator Wilton Simpson (R-New Port Richey)|
|Senator Audrey Gibson, (D-Jacksonville)|
And to new Senators Lauren Book (D-Plantation), George B. Gainer (R-Pensacola) and Perry E. Thurston, Jr. (D-Hollywood).
Congratulations to the following members in the House:
|Representative Halsey Beshears (R-Monticello)||Representative Evan Jenne (D-Hollywood)|
|Representative Jim Boyd (R-Bradenton)||Representative Shevrin “Shev” Jones (D-West Park)|
|Representative Danny Burgess (R-Zephyrhills)||Representative Larry Lee, Jr. (D-Ft. Pierce)|
|Representative Richard Corcoran (R-Lutz)||Representative Kionne McGhee (D-Cutler Bay)|
|Representative Janet Cruz (D-Tampa)||Representative Larry Metz (R-Groveland)|
|Representative Bobby Dubose (D-Ft. Lauderdale)||Representative Jared Moskowitz (D-Coral Springs)|
|Representative Dane Eagle (R-Cape Coral)||Representative Cary Pigman (R-Sebring)|
|Representative Katie Edwards (D-Sunrise)||Representative Sharon Pritchett (D-Miramar)|
|Representative Eric Eisnaugle (R-Orlando)||Representative Jake Raburn (R-Valrico)|
|Representative Heather Fitzenhagen (R- Ft. Myers)||Representative Cynthia Stafford (D-Opa Locka)|
|Representative Joe Geller (D-Dania Beach)||Representative Cyndi Stevenson (R- St. Augustine)|
|Representative James Grant (R-Tampa)||Representative Clovis Watson, Jr. (D-Gainesville)|
|Representative Bill Hager (R-Boca Raton)|
|Representative Kristin Jacobs (D- Coconut Creek)|
And to new Representatives Joseph Abruzzo (D-Wellington who previously served in the Senate), Michael Grant (R-Port Charlotte), Don Hahnfeldt (R-Wildwood) and Ralph Massullo, Jr (R-Lecanto).