Nearly 300 candidates throughout FL have submitted enough petitions to qualify for ballot

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Nearly 300 congressional and legislative candidates have gathered enough valid petition signatures to appear on this fall’s ballot, according to information on the state Division of Elections website via the News Service of Florida.

About 190 of the candidates are in state House races, while 67 are in congressional races and 36 are in state Senate races. They include 12 incumbent members of Congress and such state lawmakers as incoming Senate President Don Gaetz, incoming House Speaker Will Weatherford, and incoming House Minority Leader Perry Thurston. Candidates can collect petition signatures or pay a fee to get on the ballot. Formal qualifying for this year’s elections will start today and end Friday.

Not all of the petition-gathering candidates likely will wind up running. For example, Sen. Ronda Storms collected enough valid petition signatures to seek re-election but announced last week she would instead run for Hillsborough County property appraiser.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.