State Rep. Ronald “Doc” Renuart was the first to qualify Monday for a special election for Florida Senate District 6. When John Thrasher resigned in November from the Florida Senate to become president of Florida State University, he sent a set of dominoes in motion as Renuart and House District 24 Rep. Travis Hutson look to move to the Senate.
Four candidates have announced their intention to seek Renuart’s seat. Michael Alan Davis has qualified as a Republican candidate. He will face off against Cyndi Stevenson and John R. Capra in a Jan. 27 primary. Mary Anne Boczek also has announced; she is an NPA candidate for the seat.
Six candidates have declared for Hutson’s House District 24 seat. Paul Renner, who lost an August primary for a Jacksonville area seat, has qualified for the primary. Danielle Anderson, Howard Holley, Ron Sanchez and Sheamus John McNeeley are also competing for the Republican nomination. Adam Morley is a Democratic candidate for the seat.
Democrat David Cox, who lost a congressional race to Ron DeSantis in November, has also announced his candidacy for the Senate seat.
Hutson has an early financial advantage in the contest; he transferred about $300,000 from his House campaign account to a Senate account. Renuart has a little more than $50,000 in his campaign war chest. Cox intends to run a grass-roots campaign centered on Volusia County to combat the Republicans’ advantages in name recognition and finances.
The qualifying period for the special elections for Senate District 6, House District 17 and House District 24 ends at noon Tuesday. Primaries are scheduled for Jan. 27 and the special election will be held April 7.
Renuart and Hutson have submitted resignations to the House effective April 6.