A third Republican appears set to enter the race for Senate District 6.
Dennis McDonald Monday filed campaign documents with the state Division of Elections. The Flagler Beach resident has until noon Tuesday to qualify for the special election to fill the seat vacated by Florida State University President John Thrasher.
McDonald would face Representatives Ronald Renuart and Travis Hutson in a GOP primary, Jan. 27. The winner will go up against Democrat David Cox, April 7.
Thrasher’s resignation from the Senate last month sent a gaggle of politicians scrambling. Renuart, House District 17, and Hutson, HD 24, quickly announced their intentions to seek Thrasher’s seat.
Their resignations from the Florida House, effective the day before the special election to replace them and Thrasher, have so far attracted 10 candidates for their two House seats.
When the Division of Elections closed Monday, four candidates had qualified for Renuart’s St. Johns County seat; St. Johns County Commissioner Cyndi Stevenson, attorney John Capra and businessman Mike Davis.
Whoever emerges from the GOP primary will face write-in candidate Mary Anne Boczek April 7.
Republicans Paul Renner, Ron Sanchez and Sheamus John McNeeley qualified Monday in the House District 24 race. Danielle Avril Anderson, the Secretary of the Flagler County Republican Club and Palm Coast businessman Howard Holley had announced their candidacies but have yet to qualify.
Adam Morley is the lone Democrat in the HD 24 race and intends to file his qualifying papers Tuesday morning.