House members line up for re-election

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With the 2012 elections behind them, 18 incumbent House members — and one former representative — have filed paperwork since Christmas indicating they will run again in 2014, according to the state Division of Elections.

In northwest Florida, those incumbents are Rep. Doug Broxson, R-Gulf Breeze, in District 3; Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, in District 4; and Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, in District 8.

In northeast Florida, they are Rep. Charles McBurney, R-Jacksonville, in District 16; Rep. Travis Cummings, R-Orange Park, in District 18; and Rep. Travis Hutson, R-Elkton, in District 24.

In central Florida, they are Rep. Dwayne Taylor, D-Daytona Beach, in District 26; Rep. David Santiago, R-Deltona, in District 27; Rep. Karen Castor Dentel, D-Maitland, in District 30; Rep. Mike LaRosa, R-St. Cloud, in District 42; Rep. Joe Saunders, D-Orlando, in District 49; and Rep. Cary Pigman, R-Avon Park, in District 55.

Across the southern part of the state, they are Rep. Bill Hager, R-Delray Beach, in District 89; Rep. Hazel Rogers, D-Lauderdale Lakes, in District 95; Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, in District 106; Rep. Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, in District 110; Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez, D-Miami, in District 112; and Rep. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, in District 118.

Also filing paperwork was former Rep. Scott Plakon, a Longwood Republican, who plans to run in District 29 after losing to Castor Dentel in November in District 30. The paperwork is a first step toward running and allows candidates to raise money.

Via The News Service of Florida.

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