Jason Brodeur draws GOP challenger in HD 28 race

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Republican Rep. Jason Brodeur drew a GOP opponent on Monday, when Kathryn Townsend opened a campaign account for the State House District 28 seat, according to the Division of Elections.

As of May 31, Brodeur raised nearly $180,000 in his bid for a third term in the Seminole County region. Oviedo Libertarian Franklin Perez is also in HD 28 race.

Ormond Beach Democrat Noel Bickford also filed to run in State House District 25, currently held by Rep. Dave Hood, a Daytona Beach Shores Republican, who is vacating the seat to run for circuit judge. Also looking to succeed Hood in the Volusia County district is Republican state Rep. Fred Costello.

St. Augustine Republican Derek Hankerson filed paperwork to campaign for Senate District 6, which covers St. Johns, Flagler and Putnam counties, as well as part of Volusia County.

Sen. John Thrasher is also seeking re-election in the district, but that could change if Thrasher becomes the next president of Florida State University. No-party affiliate candidate Greg Feldman is indicating he will run also run for the Palm Coast seat.

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