Now Speaker Designate, Steve Crisafulli files for re-election in 2014

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Suddenly in line to become House speaker in 2014, Merritt Island Republican Steve Crisafulli this week filed paperwork to run for re-election that year, notes the News Service of Florida.

Crisafulli, who will run in District 51, is one of a parade of candidates already preparing to run in 2014 and, in a couple of cases, in 2016. House Republicans chose Crisafulli to become speaker in 2014, after Rep. Chris Dorworthlost a re-election bid this month.

Others who filed papers for 2014 races this week included Jacksonville no-party candidate David Walter Harwood in House District 16; Venice Republican Julio Gonzalez in House District 74; and Fort Lauderdale Democrat Jimmy B. Witherspoon in House District 94.

Filing the paperwork with the state Division of Elections allows candidates to raise money for the races.

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