More notes from Qualifying Week

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Just a few more odds and ends from Qualifying Week:

John Thrasher draws a Democratic opponent

Sen. John Thrasher – Rules Committee Chairman and former speaker of the House and RPOF chair – has drawn opposition in November for the new State Senate District 6 as Democratic activist Kathleen Trued qualified last Friday.

Trued has yet to raise any money towards her campaign while Thrasher’s raised almost half million towards his campaign.

McBride vs. Soto

Kissimmee Democratc State Rep. Darren Soto will be facing-off against Republican William McBride from Orlando.  McBride lost the 2006 GOP primary for the US Senate to Katherine Harris. Soto and McBride will be competing for State Senate District 14, comprising Orange and Osceola counties, a district with a sizeable Hispanic population.

The Siplin dynasty?

Orlando Democrat Geraldine Thompson will not be facing outgoing Dem. Sen. Gary Siplin in the primary for District 12, as Siplin is term-limited. Instead, Gary’s wife, Victoria Siplin, will be running against Thompson in the primary. The district is expected to strongly favor a Democrat in this race, but whomever wins the primary still must compete with Republican Fritz Jackson Seid in November.

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