Dan Raulerson starts campaign to replace Rich Glorioso in Florida House

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Dan Raulerson is starting his campaign to replace fellow Republican Rich Glorioso in the Florida House in the city Raulerson represents: Plant City.

Raulerson, elected to the Plant City Commission in 2007 and in the middle of a one-year term as mayor, is devoting Saturdays to canvassing Glorioso’s district, starting in neighborhoods certain to remain in play after redistricting.

“We know the Plant City area is going to continue to be in the district,” Raulerson said Jan. 21, which he spent walking through the 2,800-home Walden Lake community and talking with residents.

“I’m planning on walking every weekend until we cover the area.”

His goal: hit 5,000 houses in District 62.

The district will change this year. Every 10 years, state lawmakers redraw the political boundaries of the areas they represent based on the decennial census.

As it’s currently drawn, District 62 includes Plant City and extends west to Dover, Valrico and Seffner; south to Bloomingdale and north to Crystal Springs – just over the Pasco County line.

“It appears it’s going to be going north and west, covering Thonotosassa and Temple Terrace,” Raulerson said. “As the district starts to shape up, we’ll venture into other areas.”

“Currently, we have Valrico and Brandon, where I grew up, and I would love to keep that area in the district,” added Raulerson, a certified public accountant who moved to Plant City in 1983.

Uncertainty about the redrawn district could remain in limbo for months. Also unknown is who might run against Raulerson: So far, he is the only official candidate to replace Glorioso, and he had already raised more than $75,000 as of the end of December, according to the state Division of Elections.

But Raulerson likely will face competition in what is currently a closely split district: 54 percent registered Republicans, 46 percent Democrats.

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.