Kionne McGhee files for re-election; Michael Davis changes to HD 17 special election

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After State Rep. Kionne McGhee easily won re-election, he filed paperwork to for re-election in 2016, according to the Division of Elections. McGhee, a Miami Democrat, received about 77 percent of the vote to defeat Republican Carmen Sotomayor in House District 17, which covers Miami-Dade County. Filing paperwork allows candidates to raise money.

St. Augustine Republican Michael Davis also indicated he would run in a special election to succeed Rep. Ronald “Doc” Renuart in St. Johns County’s House District 17. Davis initially filed paperwork to run for the seat in 2016 but moved it over to the special election.

That special election, to replace Renuart, a Ponte Vedra Beach Republican, who is seeking the Senate seat vacated by John Thrasher to become Florida State University president.

St. Augustine Republican Cyndi Stevenson is also planning to run in District 17. Both special primary elections are scheduled for Jan. 27 and a special general election on April 7.

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