Another dozen legislative races take shape as incumbents file for re-election

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A dozen incumbents and five other potential candidates have filed paperwork during the past week to join the growing list of people planning to run for the House in 2014, according to the state Division of Elections website.

The incumbents are Rep. Halsey Beshears in District 7; Rep. Lake Ray in District 12; Rep. Marlene O’Toole  in District 33; Rep. Neil Combee in District 39; Rep. Randolph Bracy in District 45; Rep. Larry Ahern in District 66; Rep. Kevin Rader in District 81; Rep. Larry Lee, Jr., in District 84; Rep. Mark Pafford in District 86; Rep. Dave Kerner in District 87; Rep. George Moraitis in District 93; and Rep. Michael Bileca in District 115.

The non-incumbents filing the paperwork were Apopka Republican Terri Seefeldt in District 31; Kissimmee Republican Carlos Irizarry in District 43; Ocoee Republican Ronney Roger Oliveira in District 44; Palm Bay Democrat Santa Isabel Wright in District 53; and Hollywood Democrat Elaine Geller in District 99.

Two incumbent senators also signaled during the past week that they plan to run again in 2016. Those incumbents are Sen. Alan Hays in District 11, and Sen. Kelli Stargel in District 15. Filing the paperwork, at least in part, allows candidates to raise campaign contributions.

Via the News Service of Florida.

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