Conservative Thelma Rohan qualifies by petition for HD 6

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Conservative candidate Thelma Rohan announced on Thursday that her campaign qualified for the ballot by petition in the House District 6 race.

The former Bay County School Board member and current Bay County State GOP Committeewoman surpassed the required 1,070 signatures needed by submitting 1,123 verified petitions, according to the state Division of Elections.

So far, Rohan is the only Republican to make the ballot via petition.

Rohan faces a crowded field, with Jay Trumbull Jr., Mark Anderson, Norman Ray Bishop, Melissa Hagan and Bernard Thompson all active candidates for the 2014 GOP primary in August.

A statement issued by her campaign noted that Rohan also outpaced Trumbull, her lead GOP rival, in the number of individual campaign contributions in February with 84 — although Trumbull’s 57 donors gave about $27,500 more. She also pointed out all of the contributions originated within HD 6.

House District 6 includes Bay County, Panama City and the surrounding area and is now served by Rep. Jimmy Patronis, who dropped out of the closely contested Panhandle Senate District 1 seat. Patronis is finishing his last year in the House seat.

Democratic candidates are Jamie Carroll Shepard and Ryan Jack Singleton, with Henry Newman Lawrence III running for the Green Party.

“I am very grateful for the Bay County Republicans that have signed my petitions and contributed their time, money, and talents to my campaign for State Representative,” Rohan said.

“By making the ballot by collecting petitions and accepting only contributions from within the Sixth District, I have proven that I don’t owe any politicians or lobbyists anything. I won’t be beholden to anyone but God, my family and the people who elect me to be their voice for conservative values,” she added.

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