Latest from Qualifying Week: Nancy Argenziano, Jimmie Smith to face-off

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Incumbent Republican Rep. Jimmie T. Smith qualified Monday to run for re-election as did Independent Party candidate Nancy Argenziano in House District 34 on the Nature Coast.

The district runs along the Gulf coast north of Tampa Bay and includes Crystal River, Lecanto, Inverness and Homosassa Springs.

Argenziano represented the area several years ago in both the House and Senate, but left the Legislature to serve on the Public Service Commission. Argenziano was a Republican when she was in the Legislature, but had intended to run for the House as a Democrat. A new part of the state election law, however, prevented her from doing that because she didn’t register as a Democrat in time.

Smith has quickly made a name in the House as a staunch supporter of drug testing.

Material from the News Service of Florida was used in this report.

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