Qualifying Week – Day 1

Today is the first day of the week when candidates qualify for state and local offices…

Here are some interesting notes:

Florida House District 57
Incumbent Republican Faye Culp has drawn a Democratic opponent: Yvonne Yolie Capin, a local Barack Obama supporter and Event-Co Chair (with her husband) of the “The Art of Politics” event. It may be a Democratic year, but Faye has amazing loyalties amongst her constituents — she is unbeatable. I should know — she beat me in 2002.

Florida House District 47
Incumbent Republican Kevin Ambler has not drawn any opposition as of today — still four days left. There is a rumor around that some Tallahassee groups are looking for an opponent for Kevin. However, he’s done a solid job representing his district. It will be interesting to see if an opponent pops up.

Unopposed Candidates
Of the 21 Florida Senate Seats up for election this year, 10 of them have only one candidate (and of those 10, three of the seats are open – no incumbent running – but have only a Republican candidate.

Of the 120 Florida House seats up for election this year, 41 have no opposition (26 Republicans, 2 of which are open, and 15 Democrats). In the Tampa Bay Area, those are incumbents Tom Anderson (R-Dunedin, District 45), Kevin Ambler (R-Tampa, 47), Bill Heller (D-St. Petersburg, 52), Rick Kriseman (D-St. Petersburg, 53), Betty Reed (D-Tampa, 59), Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel, 61), Rich Glorioso (R-Plant City, 62), Baxter Troutman (R-Winter Haven, 66), and Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton, 67). Also John Wood, a Winter Haven Republican, is the only candidate currently filed for District 65.

In Hillsborough County, Sheriff David Gee and school board member Jack Lamb have no opposition yet. Across the Bay in Pinellas, Court Clerk Ken Burke, Tax Collector Diane Nelson, and School Board member Carol Cook have no opposition yet. The Manatee County “Constitutional Officers” (Sheriff, Clerk of the Courts, Tax Collector, Supervisor of Elections, and Property Appraiser) have no opposition. Pasco County Property Appraiser and Tax Collector are unopposed. Finally, the Polk Supervisor of Elections, Tax Collector, Property Appraiser, and Clerk are all unopposed.

It will be interesting to see what else happens this week…

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