Perennial candidate Jose Vazquez Figueroa, who lost to incumbent Republican Dan Raulerson last year, filed Monday to run in the special election to fill House District 58, a Hillsborough County seat, campaign records show.
Raulerson is resigning effective Aug. 15, citing ongoing health problems. Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order setting Oct. 10 for the primary and Dec. 19 for the general election.
Republican Lawrence McClure also has filed for the special election.
Records show Vazquez also filed to run in 2018 for House District 62, now held by term-limited House Democratic Leader Janet Cruz.
Win or lose this year, “I’ll move to (Cruz’s) district” next year, he explained.
His appeal still is pending from the last election. Vazquez sued and lost in circuit court, claiming Raulerson’s 2016 candidacy was invalid because his notary had incorrectly used “correction fluid” on his filing paperwork, which is prohibited by the state’s notary manual.