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Details matter: Questions arise in Ruta Jouniari HD 72 filing

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What’s in a day? For a Sarasota-area race, it could mean everything. In the recently announced special election for House District 72, questions are beginning to emerge over the paperwork filed by Ruta Jouniari, who announced her candidacy earlier this week.

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Rick Scott sets special election for Alex Miller seat

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Gov. Rick Scott on Friday set the dates for the special elections to replace former state Rep. Alex Miller, the Sarasota Republican whose resignation became effective today. The special primary election for House District 72 will be held on Dec. 5, and a special general election is set for next Feb. 13, Scott’s executive order says.  That means the district, which includes Siesta Key and South Sarasota, will be unrepresented for more than half of the 2018 Legislative Session. As of Friday…

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Republican Alex Miller enters race for Ray Pilon’s HD 72 seat

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House District 72 has drawn its first Republican candidate since current Rep. Ray Pilon announced he would vacate the seat to run for the Senate. Businesswoman Alexandra Miller filed Monday, joining Democrat Edward James in the race for the Sarasota County seat. “I’m not a politician. Like you, I am concerned for the future and believe we can build a better Florida. I will bring a unique perspective to the Florida House,” Miller said in an announcement. Miller, who runs…

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Money flows in Southwest Florida House races

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Money is flowing in Southwest Florida, with Republican state Reps. Jim Boyd, Ray Pilon and Greg Steube each posting their best fundraising reports since the start of the 2015 session. Boyd, currently running unopposed in House District 71, added $39,000 in contributions last month, raising his on-hand cash to $56,246 for his fourth and final House campaign. The total includes 23 maximum checks of $1,000, four of which came from insurance company GEICO and its subsidiaries. Steube raised $23,465, bringing…

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Ray Pilon won’t run for Senate, opts for final term in HD 72

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State Rep. Ray Pilon, claiming “unfinished business,” will not run for the state Senate, instead choosing to seek a last term in the Florida House for 2016. The Sarasota Republican faces Democrat Edward James III in the House District 72 race, making it possibly one of the most competitive races in the state. Pilon told reporters that recent polling showed he would have been competitive in the race for the seat now held by Venice Republican state Sen. Nancy Detert, who…

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