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Tom Lee could set off a Florida Senate scramble



From William March on state Sen. Tom Lee mulling whether to run for reelection or for the Hillsborough County Commission:

...If Lee doesn't seek re-election, time is short for a potential replacement to mount a Senate campaign. Monday starts a new monthly campaign finance reporting period — a good time to open a campaign — and the qualifying period is rapidly approaching, starting at noon on June 20. Some expect Lee's decision by Monday or soon after.

State Reps. Danny Burgess of San Antonio, Neil Combee of Polk City, Shawn Harrison of Tampa, Dan Raulerson of Plant City and Ross Spano of Dover all live in Senate District 20, where Lee is currently filed. All have said they may be interested in replacing him.

In addition, former Plant City Mayor Randy Larson, who also sits on the Tampa Sports Authority board, said he plans to run for the Senate seat if Lee vacates it.

"We're all waiting with great anticipation" for Lee's decision, said Spano. He said the House members have discussed the situation among themselves, but there's no plan as to which one should run for the seat....

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[Last modified: Friday, April 29, 2016 8:45am]


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