In a bad case of clerical error, Democratic state Rep. Reggie Fullwood failed to qualify for re-election to his Jacksonville area House District 13 seat.
The qualifying period for state House and Senate races ended noon Friday.
Reggie Fullwood had been running unopposed for the seat, which covers Duval County and downtown Jacksonville. Not qualifying means that as of Friday, there is no candidate eligible to run for the HD 13 seat.
As to what happens next a concurrent special election would be called and the qualifying period would be reopened.
According to DOE filings, on June 19, Fullwood submitted a check made out for $1,781.82 to be used as his qualifying fee. On June 20, he filed Form 6, commonly known as the “Full and Public Disclosure of Financial Interest,” a list of the candidate’s financial assets as required by Florida law. Although the form shows the required notarization by Gabriel Henri Landry, under the notary stamp is a space indicating whether the information was either “personally verified” or if Fullwood’s identification was provided. Neither was checked, and the section is left blank.
Fullwood, who now has been dropped off the DOE candidate list, blames the missed deadline on a notary public’s error.
Margie Menzel of the News Service of Florida reports that the state will set a new special qualifying period for the Duval County seat.
“It’s an honest mistake,” Fullwood told Menzel. “I’m fortunate no one else was running.”
Fullwood said that two notaries made errors with his qualifying paperwork. The first notary had made an error on Form 6, the financial disclosure form.
Florida Democratic Party had scheduled a second notary to rewrite the form, which would go to the Division of Elections office, but that notary failed to check the required boxes. When Fullwood learned of the clerical error, he was already back in Jacksonville, with only minutes before the noon deadline.
“I could have gotten my documents in earlier,” he added. “We’ll get it right this time — we’ll literally make sure the boxes are checked.”
A word of caution for all prospective office holders — details matter!