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Lawrence McClure collects enough signatures to qualify for ballot in HD 58 special election

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Lawrence McClure, the Plant City Republican who announced last week that he was entering the special election in House District 58 to succeed Dan Raulerson, has qualified for the ballot by petition his campaign announced Wednesday.

“It’s humbling to have hundreds of voters from across our community respond so enthusiastically to our campaign and the conservative principles we stand for and believe in,” McClure said. “I’m excited for the coming weeks where we will continue to spread our conservative message to every corner of District 58.  I have to thank our great volunteer network and all those who gave their time and signature to help us qualify for the ballot.”

McClure is a partner with environmental consulting firm, Streamline Environmental. He says he has spent a decade working closely with state lawmakers on legislation impacting the environment, as well as agriculture and small business communities.

The other major Republican in the race is local businesswoman and civic leader Yvonne Fry.

Raulerson announced last week that he was resigning from his seat effective Aug. 15.

Governor Rick Scott has set Oct. 10 for the primary election and Dec. 19 for the general election.

District 58 covers much of east Hillsborough County, including areas of Plant City, Dover, Mango, Thonotosassa and Temple Terrace.

 

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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