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Peterman-seat hopeful may not qualify



State house candidate Steven Lapinski, a newcomer in the race to replace Rep. Frank Peterman, might be out of the election before it even begins.

Lapinski said he is not sure he would be able to meet today’s qualifying deadline. He needs to submit 735 signatures or pay $1,915.92 to make the final cut. Lapinski said he thought he had more than enough signatures, but some were disqualified.

Three other Democrats are running against Lapinski, a University of South Florida student: educator Charles McKenzie, St. Petersburg City Council Member Earnest Williams and attorney Darryl Rouson. A Republican has not entered the race.

The special election comes on the heels of Rep. Frank Peterman's appointment as secretary of Florida's Department of Juvenile Justice. The primary election is March 25.

-- Cristina Silva, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:13pm]


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