Jackie Toledo has received enough signatures to secure a spot on the ballot.
Toledo announced Monday she received enough verified signatures to qualify for the House District 60 race. Toledo, a small-business owner, said her campaign was able to get the necessary signatures in part because of a dedicated group of grassroots volunteers who helped her collect the signatures.
“Over the past several weeks, as I’ve been gathering signatures and talking to my neighbors, I’ve heard the same concerns over and over; people want better educational and job opportunities,” she said in a statement. “Our community deserves to have a representative in Tallahassee who understands what it’s like to worry about what kind of Florida our children will inherit. The citizens of this area need someone who has lost sleep worrying about the education her children are receiving and who knows the responsibilities of owning a small, local company in a tough economy. They deserve someone invested in the community, who faces the same struggles they face.”
Toledo is vying to replace Rep. Dana Young in the Florida House. She’ll face Republican Rebecca Smith in the primary. Democrat David Benjamin and John F. Lingelbach, a no party affiliate candidate, also filed to run for the seat.
State records show Toledo received 1,139 verified signatures. She needed 1,138 to qualify by petition.
The official qualifying period for state legislative races runs from noon on June 20 until noon on June 24.