Four House incumbents prep for 2014; Dwight Bullard files for 2016

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Four incumbent House members have filed documents recently to seek re-election in 2014, while Senator Dwight Bullard is preparing to run again in 2016, according to the state Division of Elections website.

The House members are Rep. Keith Perry in District 21; Rep. Debbie Mayfield in District 54; Rep. Cynthia Stafford in District 109; and Rep. Jose Felix Diaz in District 116.

Meanwhile, Bullard has filed documents as a first step toward seeking re-election in 2016 in Senate District 39.

Also, non-incumbents filing recently for 2014 races were North Fort Myers Republican Terry Bowen Cramer in House District 79 and Coral Springs Democrat Steven Perman in House District 96. Cramer would run against incumbent Rep. Matt Caldwell, while Rep. Jim Waldman will be term-limited in 2014 in District 96.

Filing the paperwork, at least in part, allows candidates to raise money.

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