Panama City attorney joins increasingly crowded District 6 race

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Attorney R. Waylon Thompson is the latest Republican joining an increasingly crowded race for the Florida House District 6 seat as reported in the Panama City News Herald.  This makes six GOP candidates, as well as two Democrats, looking to replace the term-limited Rep. Jimmy Patronis.

The Panama City lawyer, a partner in the firm Manuel & Thompson, filed to run this week. He will be competing with Republicans Mark Anderson and Thelma Rohan from Panama City; Norman Ray Bishop and Brian Rust from Panama City Beach; and Melissa Hagan from Lynn Haven. The Democratic candidates for District 6 are Ryan Jack Singleton from Panama City and Jamie Carroll Shepard from Panama City Beach.

Patronis has not yet endorsed any candidate. In 2012, he ran unopposed in the primary and general elections, as well as taking 78 percent of the vote in 2010.

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