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Qualifying Week: Number of NPA candidates surging in 2010

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The number of independent candidates running for statewide office is soaring.

So far 27 people have announced their intentions to run as an independent for Congress, state Cabinet or the Governor’s Mansion. Just four years ago, only 11 people ran for statewide office with no party affiliation. As Whitney Ray reports, the surge in independent candidates may be a symptom of the growing distaste for incumbent candidates.

State qualifying began Monday, and the first two candidates through the door were running as independents.

“I don’t think at this point we should care about who is Democrat and Republican, we should care about America and American people,” said Farid Khavari, an independent running for governor.

“We shouldn’t be trying to pit one team against another,” said Miranda Rosenberg, an independent for the state Senate.

In 2006, 11 candidates ran for statewide offices with no party affiliation. So far this year 27 people are running as NPAs… Seven of them want to be governor… like Bud Chiles, son of  former Democratic Gov. Lawton Chiles. He announced his departure from the Democratic Party June 3rd.

“It’s time to step outside the party and try to bring people together,” said Chiles. Continue reading here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, 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.

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