First domino falls now that Storms is running for Property Appraiser: Joe Wicker to run for Rachel Burgin's House seat

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As I predicted only minutes ago, Joe Wicker announced he will run for Rachel Burgin’s House seat.

Bill Varian reports that Wicker did not know whether that means Burgin is vacating it for a Senate run.

Meanwhile, east county Republican activist and campaign donor Sam Rashid said he has spoken to Burgin and tried to talk her out of running. He says he will be supporting Lee.

Also, Brandon Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Reynolds is said to be eyeing a run for the State House, either in this race or against Jake Raburn.

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