Here’s where sh*t stands in East Hillsborough.
Despite rumblings that she would move to a different seat, Rep. Rachel Burgin will run in District 59 (same seat, different number). To date, Burgin has raised almost $72,000 and is comfortably ahead of the Republican, Michael Arden Floyd, currently in the race. Democrat Tatiana Denson is also in the race, but didn’t she want to primary Betty Reed?
Another low-key race is the one to replace the term-limited Rich Glorioso in the new District 58. Plant City Mayor Dan Raulerson is unopposed so far and has raised $90,500. You can start etching Raulerson’s name on a door in the Capitol now.
If Burgin’s and Raulerson’s races are expected to be low-key, look for the exact opposite in District 57, where several Republicans are lining up to run in this seat.
District 57 is based in Brandon and other parts of South Hillsborough. There is no incumbent. Patrick Manteiga reports that Jake Raburn seems to have positioned himself as a front-runner. He is supported by Hillsborough Sheriff David Gee and has raised $23,203.
Joe Wicker has emerged as the other front-runner, with Anthony Pedicini as his consultant, healthy fundraising and solid grassroots support. There is another Republican, Brian Hollands, in the race, as well as one Democrat Brian Hollands.