Neil Combee, who fell one cent short of qualifying in 2010, turns in right paperwork for HD 39

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Republican Neil Combee of Polk County was listed by the Division of Elections on Monday as having qualified to run in House District 39, which runs from the east side of Lakeland northeast through Polk City and up to the south end of Celebration and the area around Disney, reports the News Service of Florida.

Qualifying on Monday may have been a good idea for Combee, in case something goes wrong he has until Friday to fix it. Back in 2010 Combee filed to run for House District 64, at the time planning to challenge Rep. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, and paid his $1,781.81 qualifying fee. Unfortunately the qualifying fee was actually $1,781.82 and nobody from the state warned Combee that he was a penny short – so he was unable to run. The longtime Polk County commissioner said at the time he would probably just run again in 2012.

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