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RPOF says Senate candidates will be at Sunshine Summit

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U.S. Reps. Ron DeSantis and David Jolly, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, and combat veteran Todd Wilcox will appear at the the Republican Party of Florida’s Sunshine Summit in Orlando next month, the party announced Monday.

The candidates won’t debate each other, but will have set times to speak to Summit attendees and explain their campaigns.

“In 2016, Florida will not only play a key role in the race for the White House but an important role in maintaining a Republican majority in the U.S. Senate,” state party chair Blaise Ingoglia said in a statement.

“That is why the participation of the U.S. Senate candidates at the Sunshine Summit is a valuable addition to the growing lineup of speakers,” he added. “Senate candidates will have the opportunity to engage grassroots leaders and volunteers to showcase their ideas and solutions to the issues facing our nation.”

The event is Nov. 12-14 at Orlando’s Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel.

The Senate candidates join an already crowded lineup of presidential candidates.

John Kasich, governor of Ohio, and Rick Santorum, a former U.S. senator for Pennsylvania, will join former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, real estate businessman and reality TV show star Donald Trump, and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. 

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at

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