More Republicans file for HD 24 special election

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Business executive Sheamus McNeeley has entered the special election for Florida House District 24, a race with at least one other GOP candidate, according to the Division of Elections.

McNeeley, a St. Augustine Republican, filed a campaign account to succeed state Rep. Travis Hutson, the Elkton Republican running in a special election for former state Sen. John Thrasher’s Senate District 6.

Palm Coast Republican Paul Renner has also filed to run for District 24, which covers Flagler and parts of St. Johns and Volusia Counties.

Donald O’Brien, another Palm Coast Republican, has a campaign account for the seat in 2016, possibly a sign of his running in the special election.

Special elections for District 24, as well as Senate District 6, come after Thrasher’s resignation to take the job of Florida State University president this week.

State Rep. Ronald “Doc” Renuart, a Ponte Vedra Beach Republican faces Hutson for the Senate seat.

Renuart entering the Senate race will force a special election in House District 17, the seat he currently holds.

Special primary elections for all of these seats is Jan. 27, with the special general elections set for April 7.

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