Dorothy Hukill files for 2018 re-election run

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Facing no opposition in 2014, state Sen. Dorothy Hukill, is setting her eyes on 2018, by opening a campaign account for another term, according to Florida Division of Elections records.

The Port Orange Republican filed paperwork last week as the initial steps for a Senate District 8 re-election bid. SD 8 includes parts of Volusia, Lake and Marion counties.

A dozen incumbent senators already opened accounts for 2016 races, but Hukill is the first in the 2018 election cycle.

Term-limited State Rep. Doug Holder has also filed paperwork for a 2018 Senate District 28 run, which covers Sarasota and part of Charlotte Counties. The Venice Republican now candidate account allows him to start fundraising.

Holder raised $71,550 through June 30, according the Division of Elections website. Hukill, first elected to the Senate in 2012, did not field an opponent this year. She served in the House from 2004 to 2012.

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