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Edward James qualifies by petition in HD 72

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Democrat Edward James is now the first candidate in House District 72 officially on the ballot. The first-time candidate surpassed the threshold of 1,140 verified signatures on Monday. James is locked in a competitive three-way race to succeed Republican Rep. Ray Pilon, who bowed out of a reelection race earlier this year to pursue a Senate seat vacated by GOP Sen. Nancy Detert, who is running for a Sarasota County Commission seat. Medical industry executive Alex Miller and veteran TV reporter John Hill have both emerged as challengers to…

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