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Early voting in NE Florida special elections starts today

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The long tail of John Thrasher‘s decision to leave the Senate to assume the presidency of Florida State University will finally come to an end two weeks from now, when special elections to fill the legislative vacancies left in his wake are held on April 7.

Early voting in three statehouse special elections begins Saturday March 28 and ends Saturday, April 4 before elections take place the following Tuesday.

Voters will take to the polls in Senate District 6, Thrasher’s former seat, as well as House Districts 17 and 24, whose representatives left their respective seats to pursue Thrasher’s.

District 24 Rep. Travis Hutson topped Rep. Ronald “Doc” Renuart back in February in a contentious Republican primary matchup for the privilege to wallop Democratic sacrificial lamb David Cox of Daytona Beach.

Paul Renner is the frontrunner to accede to Hutson’s former Flagler, St. John’s and Volusia-based seat, squaring off against Democrat Adam Morley in an R-oriented district. Republican Cyndi Stevenson faces minor NPA and write-in opposition in her bid to take over Renuart’s district in the House, comprising part of St. John’s County.

Ryan Ray writes about campaigns and public policy in Tampa Bay and across the state. A contributor to and before that, The Florida Squeeze, he covers the Legislature as a member of the Florida Capitol Press Corps and has worked as a staffer on several campaigns. He can be reached at

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