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.