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…
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.
And then there were two. Not less than a day after Gov. Rick Scott set the calendar for a special election to replace retiring Dan Raulerson, self-described conservative Republican Lawrence McClure filed paperwork with the Division of Election for the race.
When the history of the 2025-26 Legislative Sessions is written — undoubtedly Tallahassee Democrat reporter Bill Cottrell will be on his sixth retirement by then — what transpired July 25, 2017, may play a definitive role.