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Gov. Rick Scott announces six appointments, including new St. Johns County commissioner

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On Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott announced six appointments to a variety of state regulatory boards, including the replacement for Cyndi Stevenson as St. Johns County commissioner. Merritt Island Library District Board Scott began by announcing one appointment and two reappointments to the Merritt Island Library District Board. Barbara Giel, 63, of Merritt Island, is an assistant at Fidelity Bank of Florida. She fills a vacant seat for a term ending January 17, 2017. Jerry Abrams, 73, of Merritt Island, is a…

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Republicans sweep NE Florida House, Senate special elections

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Rep. Travis Hutson prevailed big time in his bid to jump up to the Legislature’s upper chamber today, defeating Democratic nominee Adam Cox by a margin 69.7 to 30.3 with all precincts reporting. Hutson will become senator-elect in District 6 tonight at midnight. Down the ballot, the battle to replace Hutson — who in turn is resigning from the House to take former state Sen. John Thrasher‘s old seat — in House District 24 was won by Paul Renner, who thrashed Democrat Adam Morley, garnering 67 percent of…

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John Thrasher-induced limbo to be resolved in Northeast Florida special elections Tuesday

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The long tail of legislative seat-hopping put into motion when former Sen. John Thrasher decided to resign to become Florida State University’s new president will come to an end Tuesday. Special elections are slated to be held in Senate District 6 — Thrasher’s old seat — as well as House Districts 24 and 17, which Reps. Travis Hutson and “Doc” Renuart were enticed to leave in order to pursue Thrasher’s spot in the upper chamber, respectively. Though somewhat more votes are expected to be cast…

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Cyndi Stevenson widens cash lead in HD 17 contest

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As early voting ends in the Northeast Florida special legislative election for House District 17, candidate Cyndi Stevenson added to her fundraising advantage, according to the state Division of Elections website. Stevenson, a St. Johns County Republican, is seeking to replace Republican state Rep. Ronald “Doc” Renuart from Ponte Vedra Beach. The special election is Tuesday. From March 1 through this week, Stevenson added $58,673 for an overall total of $169,596, spending $149,495. She faces Judy Stevens, a no-party candidate, and…

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Early voting in NE Florida special elections starts today

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The long tail of John Thrasher‘s decision to leave the Senate to assume the presidency of Florida State University will finally come to an end two weeks from now, when special elections to fill the legislative vacancies left in his wake are held on April 7. Early voting in three statehouse special elections begins Saturday March 28 and ends Saturday, April 4 before elections take place the following Tuesday. Voters will take to the polls in Senate District 6, Thrasher’s…

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