John Thrasher, Jack Latvala and Joe Negron sail to easy victories

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Although prominent state Sens. John Thrasher, Jack Latvala and Joe Negron each sailed to victory Tuesday night, Thrasher probably will not stick around long enough to savor the win.

Thrasher, the St. Augustine Republican, defeated Democrat Kathleen Trued and NPA candidate Greg Feldman for re-election to Senate District 6, which covers St. Johns, Putnam, Flagler and some of Volusia counties.

On Thursday, the Florida university system’s Board of Governors could establish Thrasher as president of Florida State University, requiring him to vacate his Senate seat and launch a special election.

“Should the Board of Governors confirm me as the president of the Florida State University,” Thrasher, who serves as Senate rules chair, said in a statement. “I am committed to helping our district and Republican Party find a candidate who is uniquely qualified to serve the people of Northeast Florida.

“Northeast Florida holds a special place in my heart, and I look forward to seeing our communities grow and flourish for years to come,” he added.

Meanwhile, in Pinellas County’s District 20, Latvala overwhelmed Libertarian Tony Caso, 72 to 28 percent.

Negron also easily defeated Democrat Bruno Moore in District 32, 67 to 33 percent.

District 32 includes parts of Indian River, Martin, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties. Latvala and Negron will face off to become Senate president in 2016.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.