Sens. Benacquisto, Garcia file for re-election; and how 'bout Senator Patronis?

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Ten incumbent state lawmakers, including Sens. Lizbeth Benacquisto and Rene Garcia, filed paperwork this week that is a first step toward seeking re-election in 2014, according to the Division of Elections website.

Also, Rep. Jimmy Patronis filed papers signaling he could run in 2016 for the Senate District 1 seat currently held by Senate President Don Gaetz, who is scheduled to leave office that year because of term limits.

Benacquisto would seek re-election in Senate District 30, while Garcia would run again in District 38.

Other incumbents who filed the paperwork this week were Rep. Clay Ford in House District 2; Rep. Charlie Stone in House District 22; Rep. Dennis Baxley in House District 23; Rep. Linda Stewart in House District 47; Rep. John Tobia in House District 53; Rep. Shevrin Jones in House District 101; Rep. Kionne McGhee in House District 117; and Rep. Holly Raschein in House District 120.

Filing the paperwork with the Division of Elections, at least in part, allows candidates to raise money for the campaigns.

Material from the News Service of Florida was used in this post.

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