Two more Republicans jump into race to replace Mike Fasano

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Two more candidates — a Republican and one with no party affiliation — have joined the increasingly crowded race to succeed Mike Fasano in Florida House District 36.

These two new contenders, writes Rich Shopes in the Tampa Bay Times, are novice politicians seeking office for the first time.

Jeromy K. Harding is a 23-year-old insurance agent, who decided to run after hearing complaints that Citizens Insurance is turning away customers because of sinkhole worries. Harding is a Republican who wants to increase school funding, specifically for classroom supplies, and will eliminate red-light cameras.

Currently, Harding lives just 1000 feet outside the district, but he said he is buying a home in District 36.

Richard T. Sikes is a 36-year-old Iraq war veteran who helps the disabled, both veterans and civilians, to obtain continuing education and jobs. He said he does not have “any goals or agenda,” but just wants to represent the district’s constituents.

Sikes claims no party affiliation, making him ineligible for the Sept. 27 primary, only the Oct. 15 general election.

Also in the race to for the New Port Richey district are two Republicans: attorney Jim Mathieu and local minister Bill Gunter.

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