House District 38 hopeful Danny Burgess qualifies for ballot by petition

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The Pasco County Supervisor of Elections has verified that state House District 38 hopeful Danny Burgess collected enough signatures to qualify for the ballot by petition process for State House District 38.

Burgess, who currently serves as Zephyrhills Mayor, is running as a Republican to succeed by term-limited House Speaker Will Weatherford. As of April 30, Burgess has the required 986 verified signatures for inclusion on the ballot in November.

Burgess faces Minerva Diaz in the GOP primary in August, where the winner will run against Democrat Beverly Anne Ledbetter.

“This accomplishment is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our campaign volunteers and supporters,” Burgess said.  “We have all worked very hard to make sure we qualified by petition and I’m happy we’ve met our goal.”

Burgess, an East Pasco County native, was elected to the Zephyrhills City Council at the age of 18, to be  the youngest elected official in the State of Florida.  And in 2013, the 27-year-old Burgess became the youngest mayor in Zephyrhills’ history.

“I think our message of having a local, conservative leader who has spent decades in our district is resonating very well from the voters we speak with,” Burgess said. “Our community is very unique and it deserves to have a representative who has spent over two decades living, working and raising a family in the community and understands just what impact the decisions in Tallahassee can have on our local families and businesses.”


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