Dwight Dudley for State Representative watch: Now he has a campaign Facebook page

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Last night I wrote about how St. Pete trial attorney Dwight Dudley was inching closer to running for the District 68 seat of the Florida House of Representatives, asking via his Facebook page for petitions signatures to help him get on the ballot (this despite Dudley not having officially filed with the Florida Division of Elections).

Well, now Dudley has just gone ahead and created a Facebook page for his campaign, on which he declares his candidacy:

“After much consideration, I have decided to run for the Florida House of Representatives, District 68. I love our State of Florida and our St Pete Community. That’s why I have always been a resident of St. Pete since 1959 – except for my college years at FSU and working in the legislature. I believe that we can make living here even better. My decision to run for the District 68 seat is rooted in the belief that we can do better for our Community and our State.”

So, Dudley is in.  The Democrats have a viable candidate (sorry Bill Nobles, but raising $20 in a quarter is the exact opposite of viable) in the most battlegroundy of battleground districts.

The only question is now, what will incumbent Rep. Jeff Brandes do?  Will he run for the open state Senate seat? Or will he fight to keep his state House seat.

With Dudley in the race, I expect a decision will come sooner rather than later.

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.