Scott Plakon files to run for House District 29

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Former state Rep. Scott Plakon, the Longwood Republican who lost this fall to Maitland Democratic Rep. Karen Castor Dentel, is hoping to make a quick comeback, reports Jason Garcia of the Orlando Sentinel.

Plakon filed today to run for the state House in 2014. But rather than a rematch with Castor Dentel in House District 30, Plakon has filed to run in House District 29 against newly elected Rep. Mike Clelland, the Lake Mary Democrat who ousted Chris Dorworth.

House District 29 is where Plakon would have preferred to run in 2012. It’s where he lives and it has far more Republican voters than Democrats, compared to the more evenly divided HD 30. But he agreed to move ahead of the election to accommodate Dorworth — a move that ultimately cost both Republicans their seats.

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