St. Johns Commissioner Cindy Stevenson files for soon-to-be vacated Doc Renuart HD 17 seat

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Cindy Stevenson will be running as a Republican for the House District 17 seat currently held by state Rep. Ronald “Doc” Renuart. The St. John’s County Commissioner filed paperwork with the state this morning.

“Once it became clear that Senator Thrasher would become FSU’s president and that Representative Renuart would run to succeed him,” Stevenson said in a statement, “my phone began ringing with friends and supporters urging me to consider running.

“After consulting with my family and friends I decided that the time was right for me to take the lessons that I have learned working to help create jobs and make our community better to Tallahassee.”

Renuart said he would “definitely” seek the Senate seat vacated when Republican state Sen. John Thrasher becomes Florida State University president. Thrasher is seeking re-election today in Senate District 6.

The state university system’s Board of Governors should confirm Thrasher later this week. If he wins tonight, and then accepts the FSU job, a special election will fill Thrasher’s seat.

Stevenson, a native of Volusia County, has served as a Commissioner in St. John’s County District 1 since 2004.

“My goals are quite simple,” she said. “To help to continue to create good jobs for our citizens, help to make sure that St. Johns County schools are the best in the state and to work tirelessly to preserve the wonderful quality of life that we have here.”

Stevenson cites her time as St. Johns County Commission as preparation for Tallahassee, adding that the Florida Capitol is no place for on the job training. Her extensive experience includes roles on the Early Learning Coalition, St. Johns County Public Safety Coordinating Council, Historic Resource Review Council, Northeast Florida Regional Planning Council, Florida Association of Counties Trust, Intergovernmental Relations Committee and as chair of the St. Johns River Alliance.

HD 17 covers parts of St. John’s County, including the city of St. Augustine. Senate District 6 includes St. Johns, Flagler and Putnam counties and part of Volusia County.

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