Am I missing something or are Bill Galvano and Denise Grimsley drawn in the same Senate district?

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One of them is a former state representative who almost became Speaker of the House, the other is the current chair of the all-important budget committee.

Between them, they have raised over $1.06 million for their individual campaigns for the State Senate.

I’m talking, of course, about Bill Galvano and Denise Grimsley.  And, unless I am missing something, they are now drawn into the same State Senate district.

Quick, someone file an amendment!

Don Gaetz, the chairman of the Senate Reapportionment Committee, unveiled a new proposal for his chamber’s legislative districts Saturday in an effort to answer criticisms from the Florida Supreme Court, which rejected the original plan last week.

On this new map, District 24 stretches from the Gulf and includes Manatee County (Galvano’s home turf) and several rural counties, including half of Highlands County.  Grimsley’s campaign is currently based in the half of Highlands County which is in District 24.  She had wanted to run for the adjacent District 26, the seat formerly held by term-limited JD Alexander.

(Former Rep. Baxter Troutman said Saturday that he will run for the newly designed District 26, the Lakeland-based district which responds to the court’s request to keep that city whole. Troutman,  formerly represented the region for eight years in the House. Via The Miami Herald).

So, again, unless I am missing something or Google Maps isn’t working, someone better file an amendment real quick and put Denise Grimsley in District 26.

Otherwise, we’re gonna have one heckuva a primary on our hands.

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