Former Rep. Scott Plakon qualifies for ballot by petition

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Longwood Republican Scott Plakon announced he is the first to qualify by petition for the House District 29 ballot.

Plakon, a former state representative who served in the House between 2008 and 2012, is running against first term Democratic Rep. Mike Clelland for the seat covering much of Seminole county, and the cities of Lake Mary, Longwood and parts of Sanford.

To qualify for the ballot by petition in HD 29, Plakon submitted 1,090 voter signatures, surpassing the required 1,036, or one percent of registered voters in the district.

Plakton’s campaign called the milestone evidence of grassroots support to “bring common sense conservative leadership to our state capitol.

“Many thanks to the voters who have put their trust in me and all of those that walked, reached out to neighbors, phoned, texted, mailed and sent Facebook and Twitter messages to achieve this goal so quickly … over a month before the deadline,” Plakon said in a statement issued Monday.

“We believe that the incredible grassroots momentum established this early is a leading indicator that our positive, conservative message will be well received by the voters of District 29.”

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