Special Elections in North Central Florida

Today was the Special Primary for three legislative seats created by the appointment of former senator Nancy Agenziano to the Public Service Commission.

In her Senate District 3, state representative Charlie Dean faced state representative Dennis Baxley in the Republican primary, along with fellow Republican Don Curtis. In a heated primary, the more moderate Dean beat the über conservative Baxley by 378 votes (almost 2%). The interesting numbers are in their respective home counties: Baxley beat Dean in Marion 4,605 to 2,395; Dean beat Baxley in Citrus 5,790 to 2,530.

The Baxley family lost a second time tonight in the four-way Republican primary for Dennis Baxley’s former House District 24, as son Damon Baxley lost a by 117 votes to Marion County School Board member Kurt Kelly. Since there is no Democrat in this race, only a write-in candidate. Kelly is the de facto “representative-elect.”

In the third Republican primary for Dean’s former House District 43, former Citrus (and Pinellas) County Property Appraiser Ron Schultz easily won his five-way race.

The Democrats nominated former New Hampshire state representative Suzan Franks for Senate District 3 and Sophia Diaz-Fonseca in House District 43.

The special general election is three weeks from now — June 26, 2007.

Can the Florida Democratic party continue it’s trend of taking seats back from Republicans? It will be interesting to watch.

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