House Majority Leader Dana Young has officially entered the race to win the newly created Senate District 18 seat.
The newly drawn-up Senate District 18 seat encompasses western Hillsborough County, extending from MacDill Air Force Base north to Pasco County.
Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman has indicated that she may also enter the race for the Republican nomination.
No Democrat has yet to date any interest in running for the state. Tampa state Rep. Janet Cruz is being pushed by party leaders, but remains undecided at this point.
On Wednesday, Republican Jackie Toledo announced she would run for Young’s HD 60 seat in the fall. Toledo fell just short in a bid for Tampa City Council last year, losing to Democrat Guido Maniscalco.