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Jacksonville Rep. Fullwood fails to qualify, blames clerical error



Scroll through the lists of candidates qualified to run for the Florida House and there is one anomaly: incumbent Rep. Reggie Fullwood, D-Jacksonville, remained listed as "active" and not "qualified" when the noon deadline passed.

That made him the only incumbent eligible for re-election who didn't qualify. He would have been unopposed. Now there is no one running in District 13 to represent Jacksonville's urban core.

Fullwood blamed it on a clerical error by the notary public who helped him complete his paperwork. One box wasn't properly checked off, and Fullwood didn't find out until ten minutes before qualifying ended. That wasn't enough time for him to fix it by the deadline, and the state wouldn't let the notary correct the issue either, he said.

"It was unfortunate, but mistakes happen," Fullwood told the Times/Herald.

There is a silver lining: because no one filed paperwork, the state will have to reopen qualifying for District 13. Fullwood plans to make sure his documents are complete and on time this second round.

"It'll work out," he said.

[Last modified: Friday, June 20, 2014 3:14pm]


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