Florida House races shape up – for 2016

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Now that the qualifying period for the November elections as passed, Florida House candidates are preparing for the next campaign — in 2016.

Five House incumbents, plus one other candidate, each filed paperwork this week to run for House seats in the election two years away, according to the state Division of Elections.

The incumbents are Democratic Reps. Reggie Fullwood and Janet Cruz; as wel as Republican Reps. Jake Raburn, Jim Boyd and Holly Raschein.

Jacksonville Democratic City City Council Member Johnny Gaffney has also filed to run in Fullwood’s House District 13. Raburn, Cruz, Boyd and Raschein did not draw opponents, guaranteeing their re-election in November.

Fullwood was running unopposed, but due to a notary public’s error, missed the qualifying deadline. HD 13 will now open a special qualifying period.

For 2016, presidential candidates have begun to emerge, and Senate candidates in 17 districts have also opened campaign accounts.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.